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Resilience BJJ

Learn a new Sport. Get fit. Have fun.

Resilience Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is Medicine Hat's Premier BJJ club. Whether you are an experienced martial artist, wanting some self defense or new to the sport, everyone is welcome here! We offer classes tailored to adults and run a thriving childrens program. Our instructors are professional educators who understand pedagogy and are well experienced in the art itself. In addition, BJJ is an amazing workout. Never have you experienced a class that is as fun and engaging as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Part Learning, Part Fitness, Part Self-Defense, ALL FUN!

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First Class is free!


We offer four different classes during the week. Each with it's own focus and targeted to specific groups.

Kids (5-8)

Lil' Orca's

This class is focused on basic skill development in a play based environment. It follows a simple structure; We engage in a play based warm up. We do one focused technique or skill for the day. We end with a game that reinforces that skill or other skills that we have learned. This class has two coaches with a ratio of 7 students to every one adult. This is done in sessions with each session lasting 12 weeks. (We run classes September to May! The summers are for kids being kids and being outside)

Kids (9-12)

Killer Whales

This class is focused on basic skill development with a heavier focus on correct technique and application of that technique. This follows a structure that mimics an adult class in a kid friendly manner; We engage in a play based warm up. We go over one or two focused techniques or skills. We end the class with focused application of that skill and other skills learned in previous years in friendly randori or sparring. This class may have two coaches or may have one coach depending on the needs of the group. (We run classes September to May! The summers are for kids being kids and and being outside)

Adult (13+)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Gi)

This class teaches the movements, techniques and strategies to grow and learn in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We follow best practices to allow students to accelerate their learning at a pace that makes their investment in themselves pay off. The classes are aimed at self defense and sport BJJ as we compete but we also want to be safe in the world we live in. The Gi class is done in a BJJ Gi (kimono) but it is not reliant on having one.

Adult (13+)

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (No-Gi)

This class mimic the positive aspects of the regular gi class but does not require a gi. This class is more physically demanding than the regular classes! We recommend No-Gi as a primary resource for those looking for sport BJJ and self defense as a secondary goal.

Who are we?


We bring a wealth of experience, passion, and drive to every student we coach.

Coach Stephen

Coach Steve has been practicing BJJ for over 9 years and is a brown belt under Peter Albano. He has been coaching for 6 years and teaches the adult BJJ class and both Kids class. He has a large love of Lego and has been known to love 80's Cartoons.

Coach Brittany

Brittany is a compassionate and strong coach with a background in gymnastics and an expert in body movement. She loves the sport and brings an unparalleled level of enthusiasm. She coaches both the Lil' Orca's and the Killer Whales.

Coach Ash

Ash is a viscous competitor and has been involved in BJJ for 5 years with a grappling background that goes into his early childhood. Current holds a rank of Brown belt in BJJ and has a real talent for No-Gi BJJ. He currently coaches the No-Gi Class. He loves chatting people up with his lovely accent, praying that one day someone will understand him.

Who are we?


We bring a wealth of experience, passion, and drive to every student we coach.

Coach Justin

Coach Justin has been practicing BJJ for over 9 years and is a brown belt in BJJ. Justin has a passion for coaching and his technique is sharp. He loves home reno's and hates BC. Justin coaches our Friday night class.  He actually smiles as long as no photos are being taken

Coach Isaac

Coach Isaac has been coaching the Kids Classes for 3 years and has been practicing BJJ for since he was 5 (!). He loves to compete, makes really bad middle school jokes and is absolutely amazing when coaching.

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What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie and Luiz França by Mitsuyo Maeda. Carlos Gracie is known as the Founder and Creator of Modern Jiu Jitsu (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experimentations, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.[2] Sparring(commonly referred to as "rolling") and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.