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Ascend Athletics is founded on the belief that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) can be a sustainable Fitness Lifestyle for all. The Academy aspires to provide professional instructions while creating a safe space and friendly ambience for everyone to revel in the art of BJJ.


We take care to ensure that our athletes get the attention and safe training you need under watchful guidance.

Ascend Athletics offers programmes in a systematic structure and engaging setting, for everyone of all levels and ages - from 2.5 years old and above.


Part of our heterogenous urban fabric, we are surrounded by a deep cultural and historical setting, in one of the most liveliest colorful precincts, rich in arts and culture, along Race Course Road, Little India.

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Christian Rodrigues

Christian began his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu journey in 2009, and has been teaching since 2014. He envisioned a BJJ Academy where everyone can practise BJJ safely, embracing a sustainable BJJ Lifestyle. In 2019, Ascend Athletics was opened. 

Growing up, Christian experienced being bullied in school. He always had a deep yearning to seek to acquire martial arts knowledge for self-defense to deal with the bullies – Taekwondo, Akkido, Karate, Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts – only to eventually fall in love with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling.


As a teacher, Christian values the importance of facilitating athletes to develop a strong foundation, consistently emphasizing on the basics and fundamentals of BJJ. His technical prowess, composure and positive outlook on life brings a lively energy to class. 


He is passionate about teaching BJJ to everyone, from kids to adults, whether competitively or to achieve your fitness goals. Apart from formulating BJJ programs and syllabus, Christian also conducts strength training and self-defense programs for Corporate Workplaces. 



2019 to Current: Founded Ascend Athletics Singapore 

2014 to 2018: Co-Founder of Fortitude Martial Arts and Fitness, managed all operations, developed and oversaw all class syllabus (kids to adults) and Circuit conditioning programmes
2009 to Current: Started BJJ Nov 2009, achieved the level of Brown belt in 2015.

External Coaching

  • Head BJJ Instructor of the META (Facebook) APAC HQ BJJ programme

  • Head BJJ Instructor at Fighter Fitness MMA 

  • Sports & Fitness Service Provider International French School (IFS) Singapore

  • Sports & Fitness Service Provider Ninja Van Singapore Team Cohesion Activities

Achievements & Awards (Summary)

  • ​Bangkok 2016 2nd Runner up (Middle) - Brown belt level

  • Bangkok 2015 2nd Runner up (Medium Heavy) - Brown belt level

  • Pan Asians 2015 2nd Runner up (Medium Heavy) - Purple belt level

  • Copa de Hong Kong 2014 2nd Runner up (Middle) - Purple belt level

  • Singapore BJJ Open 2014 3rd Runner up (Medium Heavy) - Purple belt level

  • Singapore Grappling Tournament 2014 2nd Runner up (Middle) - Blue belt

  • Singapore Combat Championships 2013 3rd Runner up Olympic Freestyle Wrestling (-86kg)


  • BJJ Brown Belt under 9x World Champion Professor Lucas Lepri

  • United World (UWW) Certified Wrestling Coach - Level 2, 11 Jun 2023

  • National Council of Strength & Fitness (NCSF) Personal Trainer Certification, 28 Oct 2021

  • United World (UWW) Certified Wrestling Coach - Level 1, 4 Dec 2015


  • BJJ Workshop in collaboration with Adam Khoo Lifeskills - Bedok View Secondary

  • BJJ Self-Defence Workshop in collaboration with Adam Khoo Lifeskills - Yishun Secondary School

  • Learning Journey in collaboration with EduBlitz - Yu Hua Secondary School

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