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5 Elements Martial Arts is a world-class facility with expert instructors committed to providing Calgary’s best martial arts training under the leadership of Gold Medal World Champion and 5th Degree Renshi, Maeghen Cotterill. Our commitment to fostering a training environment of inclusivity for all ages, skill levels, and abilities across multiple martial arts disciplines allows us to guide our students to personal success both in the studio and in life outside the studio. 5 Elements Martial Arts is the best place to begin your martial arts journey or to challenge yourself to achieve new and limitless levels of success.

Meet Maeghen Cotterill

5 Elements was founded in 2004 by Maeghen Cotterill. Her practice of martial arts began at age 8 and after mastering multiple disciplines, she has been honoured with the title Renshi, “polished, expert instructor who is devoted to the powerful, transformational effects of martial arts”. In her 30+ years practicing martial arts, Maeghen has earned multiple Black Belts (5th Degree in Karate) and is an 11-time Gold Medal World Champion. She has been the WKU Western Canadian Regional Director for the last 4 years, and the President of WKU Canada for Ringsports and Matsports since 2018. She has also been both a member and coach on team Canada since 2005, fulfilling not only her goals of becoming a world champion, but helping others do so as well.

Maeghen remains committed to her own journey in the mastery of martial arts while sharing her passion with students of all ages and abilities. Maeghen is the mother of a young autistic son and believes in inclusivity for everyone. She has created a safe and supportive environment where all students can explore their own power and achieve self-discipline, confidence, focus, and fitness through the practice of martial arts. 

“I knew I had to create a safe environment where these kids could go and know they were good at something and the same as everyone else.”
-Maeghen Cotterill

A Place For Everyone

Inspired by the journey of her own son who lives with autism, Maeghen and the team at 5 Elements are proud to have developed an inclusive curriculum for children with special needs. With over 24 years of experience providing instruction for students with special and unique requirements, our staff are equipped to provide safe, supportive and inclusive training for students on the autism spectrum, with ADD and ADHD, physical impairments, mental health challenges, and survivors of trauma.

Our studio is built for everyone who wants to discover the benefits of martial arts. Contact our team today to learn more about our martial arts programs and classes.

Martial Arts For Everyone

Inspired to bring a well-rounded and boutique-style approach to martial arts training and fitness, Maeghen built 5 Elements Martial Arts on an ethos to serve its community with a first-class facility. With 3 dojos, 15 heavy bags, an MMA cage simulator, weights and apparatus, full martial arts equipment, and a spectator area, our 5500 sq ft studio runs 7 days a week. Our studio trains hundreds of students each week and is the largest standalone studio in Western Canada. We are proud to have trained the most National and World Champions west of Ontario.

5 Elements is set apart with its accomplished training staff specializing in eight disciplines. Our instructors engage students with a combination of traditional martial arts instruction and innovative training approaches. Our goal is to make martial arts training accessible for everyone regardless of ability, financial position, age, gender, or fitness level. We have created programs so all students can set goals and confidently explore any discipline of martial arts at the pace and with the training approach that works for them. Our studio offers training in the following disciplines:

  • Shotokan Karate
  • Muay Thai
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Kickboxing
  • Boxing
  • MMA
  • Street Self Defence
  • Tae Kwon Do

Students seeking to enhance their training can also choose private lessons or personal training to reach their goals. 5 Elements Martial Arts has a training structure for those wishing to progress through belt ranks and compete at local, national, and international levels and those wishing to become trainers and build a career in martial arts.

The 5 Elements studio philosophy centers around strength and empowerment, confidence, community, whole health, and mindfulness achieved through martial arts. We are able to apply these principles to reach goals, from fitness to international championship level competing.

"Our goal is that everybody should leave our studio feeling better about themselves than when they arrived"
-Maeghen Cotterill

Our Students Say...

Our studio trains hundreds of students of every age, ability, skill, and motivation each week. We are proud of the community of martial artists we have formed and we are proud of the support we have offered each student on their personal journey through martial arts. Here we are proud to share the experiences of 5 Element students past and present.

Seeking Opportunities To Teach?

In creating 5 Elements Martial Arts as a place for students to explore martial arts, Maeghen also wanted to provide opportunities for individuals seeking to share their skilled expertise with students.

If you are an accomplished martial artist looking to build the career of your dreams sharing your passion and drive with others, contact our studio today. We are looking for people just like you!

You Belong Here. You Fit Here.

The 5 Elements membership model allows all of our students to explore and experiment in many disciplines and progress at any pace. We offer the ability for each person to create their own martial arts journey. We are a supportive, inclusive studio committed to helping every client reach their goals in:

  • Mastering One or Many Martial Arts
  • Increasing Flexibility and Mobility
  • Fitness or Weight Loss
  • Building Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Improving Mental Wellness
  • Competition and Black Belt Progression
  • And More!

Our schedule of classes, group, and private training across a multitude of disciplines means we have martial arts experiences for all ages and abilities. We celebrate our studio family and the unique energies every student brings. We strive to create a safe community of committed instructors and diverse, dedicated students in our studio and foster an environment where anyone is welcome and everyone can find their “Inner Ninja”. Connect with our studio today to sign up for your complimentary trial class and discover the amazing community of 5 Elements Martial Arts.

“5 Elements is a community, a family, a village that strives to raise up each person that walks through our doors.”
- Maeghen Cotterill

Join Our Family

5 Elements Martial Arts studio welcomes everyone interested in experiencing the benefits of martial arts. With a focus on technique and mastery but a penchant for fun, our inclusive and welcoming environment has a space for everyone. Follow these steps to begin your journey to health, wellness, strength, and empowerment.

We Set The Bar

We Set The Bar


The 5 Elements team provides an elevated training experience in multiple disciplines to Calgarians seeking the best martial arts instructors and facility in the city. With a commitment to making martial arts accessible for everyone who wants to participate, we have built a strong and supportive community where each member has the opportunity to meet their goals and exceed expectations.

Our facilities are first-class. Our Instructors are top-notch. Our students are National and World Champions. 

Find Your Inner Ninja

5 Elements is Calgary’s premier martial arts training facility. With highly skilled instructors, multiple martial arts disciplines, and opportunities to train in groups or with personal instruction we have the tools you need to achieve your goals for fitness of the body, mind, and soul.

Contact our studio at 368-993-5668 today and begin your journey to unlock your Inner Ninja.

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