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5 Elements Martial Arts - Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Magnificent Martial Arts News from 5 Elements

Exciting times at 5 Elements Martial Arts Calgary

5 Elements Martial Arts Open – Nov 26 – 10-5
Our last tournament of 2016!
This is the BEST way to improve your confidence and test out your training.  Open to all schools and ages.  Starting with Little Dragons in the morning and kids, teens and adults after.

Get signed up quickly and get ready for a fun time and challenging new environment (contact will be controlled and light in all matches)

Sign up online here =>

Self Defence Seminar – December 10 – 9am$10 + FOOD DONATION TO THE FOODBANK

Self defence skills for everyone! Build the confidence and situational awareness skills to protect yourself against dangerous offenders and bullies.

Bullying and scary situations are out of control.  Stories in the press show what happens when you aren’t prepared for a situation that turns against you (and if it ever happens, it happens FAST).

Learn how to be more aware of your environment, how to notice potentially dangerous scenarios, how to position yourself for a quick retreat, and what to do it you ARE approached by someone with less-than-positive intentions.

Effective in the school yard, in the streets, while out at night,
or while just wandering around minding your own business.

Sign up online here =>

Karate, Muay Thai, BJJ Testing – Dec 17
Your last chance to test your skills and upgrade your rank before the New Year!  If your Sensei or Kru has said you’re ready – book your testing time now!  Consistent testing is necessary to build confidence, advance your skills, and prepare yourself for the ultimate goal…
Full uniform required, forms need to be filled out in advance.

Book your testing online here or call us at 403-201-8825


We are so excited to be nominated for the Calgary Top Choice Award for Martial Arts Schools!

Please visit this page and vote for us! And thank you sincerely to all of those that nominated us for this.
WKC Worlds RESULTS from Ireland!

Team 5 Elements showed the World what phenomenal training we do, and brought home another major haul of medals:

Sensei Maeghen – Gold Team Point, Gold Continuous (-65kg),
Gold Continuous (-60kg), Silver in Teams!
This makes Sensei’s record now 10 GOLD MEDALS!!

Kyle Hoover – Gold in Point, Bronze in Continuous

Carson Mullaney – Bronze in Team Continuous

Elizabeth Kells-Sanders – Silver in Continuous, Bronze in Team Point, Bronze in Team Continuous


TOP 40 Under 40 – THANK YOU!

I’m so excited, flattered, and grateful to be part of
the 2016 class of Top 40 Under 40.

The full article is here…

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CTV ATHLETE OF THE WEEK – Watch our own Elizabeth Kells-Sanders being interviewed by CTV News for Athlete of the Week! This girl is a DYNAMO and just brought home 4 Gold and 2 Bronze Medals from WKU Worlds, and another Silver and 2 Bronze from the WKC Worlds in Ireland to add to her Medal Count! HER INTERVIEW =>
PRIVATE LESSON SALE!! Book 4 private lessons and get your 5th free.  Private Lessons are your fastest way to get skills and sparring improved. Be ready for the tournament, make sure you are ready for testing, improve your skills.    Call us and book your Private lessons with your preferred instructor (Sensei Maeghen is not available for this sale – but all of our Senpais are).

CHRISTMAS GIFTS AND FUN PRESENTS FOR YOUR FAVOURITE MARTIAL ARTS JUNKIES! We have a new initiative just starting with all kinds of tshirts – hoodies – coffee mugs – phone cases – and necklaces.  GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS!  Go to and have a look at everything we have done so far.  If you have any specialty items you want – email Troy at – grab some stocking stuffers and gifts for your friends!

FALL/WINTER 2016/17 Tournament Schedule here (in-house and outside tournaments – please check with your Sensei or Kru on which tournaments you should attend)

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Calgary Martial Arts Tournament Feb 28

Join us this Saturday, Feb 28th at 10am-4pm for some fantastic displays of Martial Arts excellence and training.
Starting at 10am, you’ll get the chance to watch our Little Dragons strut their stuff through the Kata, and their point and continuous sparring skills.

NOTHING is cuter, or more inspirational than watching the Little Dragons giving it their all!

We will have divisions from white belt to black belt and 3 years old to adult.

Categories will include:

• Little Dragons Karate Kata
• Little Dragons Point and Continuous Sparring
• Youth Karate Kata
• Youth Point and Continuous Sparring
• Youth Weapons
• Youth Muay Thai
• Youth BJJ
• Adult Karate Kata
• Adult Point Sparring
• Adult Continuous Sparring
• Adult Muay Thai
• Adult BJJ


We hope you can attend an excellent day of competition.
Register now if you’d like to compete – 403-201-8825.

Or please come on out and support all the hard work that goes into everyone’s martial arts training.

13226 Macleod Trail SE (in between Canyon Meadows Cinema and Good Life)

See you soon,

Maeghen Cotterill, Corey McDonald

Big News: Big Move!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful December!

Just a reminder that the last day of classes for 2014 is December 20th, before closing for Christmas. We hope everyone has a happy holidays and we’ll be seeing you in the New Year.

With that said, we have some HUGE news to announce: we’re going to be moving to a new, bigger, expanded location come January 3rd.

Don’t worry, though — we are only moving a few blocks down the road. Our NEW address will be 13226 Macleod Trail SE, and we will be located between the Good Life Fitness and Canyon Meadows Cinema. We are excited to be offering expanded floorspace and better amenities at our new site and are looking forward to seeing all of our students at the new location!

5 Elements in the news (again!)

5 Elements was in the news again as Sensei Maeghen was featured on CTV 2’s Alberta Primetime show, focusing on her trip to Dublin, Ireland for the WKC World Championships earlier this month.

Check it out!

Carlos Eduardo Amancio Ribeiro – Brazilian Ju Jitsu Instructor

CARLOS EDUARDO AMANCIO RIBEIRO – BJJ Instructor at 5 Elements Martial Arts Calgary

Brazilian Ju Jitsu Calgary 5 Elements Martial Arts ClassesBlack Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Started in 1996 in “União dos Mestres Team” – White Belt
  • 1997 switched to “Nova União Team” – Yellow Belt
  • 1998-1999 Joined GTT at this time, our team belongs to “Alliance Team”. Nowadays our team is called Gustavo Souza Team – GTT – Yellow to Black BeltI’ve been participated in Competitions in Brazil since I started to practice BJJ.

I’ve been teaching BJJ class as a monitor since I was a blue belt (10 years ago), just to help my Sensei.

When I got the Brown Belt, I started to teach BJJ for kids as a volunteer in a Non-Profits Organization.

The Grand Master gave me a nickname, which follows me until these days, it is AMARELINHO, and it means “Little Yellow Boy”.

Brazilian Ju Jitsu Calgary 5 Elements Martial Arts ClassesTeam LAUREDO and Grand Master Gustavo Souza The GTT is the parent team, and the partner teams are:

 Ismael Souza Team – IST
 Lauredo Jiu Jitsu Team
 Marcio Pedra Team
 Rodrigo Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Team

The Souza Family is the second biggest Jiu Jitsu family in the world.

The Souza Family descend of the Grand Master Oswaldo Fadda, who graduated the five brothers to the black belt.

  •   Gustavo de Souza
  •   Raphael de Souza
  •   Eduardo de Souza
  •   Ismael de Souza
  •   Israel de Souza

Souza Family in Media:

Ismael de Souza – won the International Vale Tudo ( IVC-XII ) in 1999

Marcio Pedra – participated in the Brazilian edition of The Ultimate Fighter (2013).

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