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INSTRUCTORS

Renshi Maeghen


5 Elements Owner & Operator since 2004

Maeghen Cotterill is an Elite Martial Artist and entrepreneur with a long track record of helping people achieve their goals and dreams in the Martial Arts. 

Maeghen has 30+ years of Martial Arts experience, holds multiple different Black Belts (5th Degree in Karate), and is an 11-time Gold Medal World Champion. 

Maeghen started martial arts at the age of 8 and now owns and operates the largest martial arts school in Canada. She has been the WKU Western Canadian Regional Director for the last 4 years, and she has been on Team Canada and coaching Team Canada athletes since 2005, and as of 2018 is President of WKU Canada for both Ringsport and Matsports.

Maeghen is also the mother of a young autistic son and believes that everyone who comes into the school should leave feeling better about themselves then they did when they arrived.  This is a philosophy that she instills in all her staff and students to ensure an inclusive, fun and family feeling for the studio.

Sensei Heather

 

Heather has been an educator for over 30 years, and began Martial Arts with 5 Elements seven years ago. Heather's passion is teaching the Little Dragons and Youth Programs, where she gets to combine the discipline of Martial Arts with creative learning strategies that are tailored to early learning and child development. Heather also teaches and participates in the morning Adult Karate program, which ranges from Beginner to Advanced levels. Heather is also an instructor in the Youth (6-12) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu program at 5 Elements. She currently carries a blue belt in Jiu Jitsu and brings her training and experience in Judo, Gymnastics and Self Defense to her students. Heather is available for Private lessons in Karate and Jiu Jitsu.

Sensei Rider

Sensei Rider began his karate journey at 6 years old and with perseverance and dedication received his black belt when he was 10.

He has competed at the National level for WKC 8 times and was the 2015 National Champion. In 2010 he competed in Portugal at the WKC World Championship and recieved a bronze medal. In 2013 he was a Team Canada member once again, competing in Italy and in 2015 in Orlando where he won gold to become the WKC World Kickboxing Champion.

Rider is also a JKD apprentice instructor.

He has recently moved back to Calgary after completing his undergraduate degree from Western in the Spring of 2019. He will begin his Masters at U of C in the fall of 2019.

Sensei Sigmund

 

Sigmund earned his first degree junior black belt from 5 Elements Martial Arts in June of 2015 at the age of 13. His passion is teaching, and he is presently teaching Little Dragons, Beginner Karate, Child Karate and occasionally Family Karate. Sigmund greatly values teaching the importance of self-defense. Although he didn't attend, Sigmund qualified for Team Alberta to compete at the WKU 2015 Nationals for Kata and Point Sparring. His personal focus is Katas.

Sensei Liz

 

Liz grew up in BC training and competing in traditional Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate-do under Sensei Frank Clayton. Along with her 8 years of Traditional Karate and weapons training, Liz also has experience training in Okinawa Japan. She trained under Yagi Meitatsu Sensei for Kata and Tamayose Sensei for weapons.

After receiving her black belt, Liz applied her Karate mindset to competitive Speed Skating and Bobsleigh. Throughout her sports journey, Liz has completed her degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary.

She is excited to be at 5 Elements Martial Arts and to be back practicing and teaching Karate again, as a Dojo feels at most home for her.

Her values and beliefs are:
Respect for yourself, others, and your environment.
Promoting Inclusion and universal spaces.
Leading by example
Personal growth

Sensei Hannah

Hannah is one of the most dedicated and determined of the staff at 5 Elements Martial Arts.  She sets goals and whilst achieving them herself, always has time and energy to encourage other students and teammates with their goals.  Hannah holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate as well as she has earned a black praciat in Muay Thai.  Along her journey she has competed at WKU Worlds and has two gold medals to her name.  Hannah is full of knowledge and encouragement and is a great asset to our team.

Sensei Luke

Luke started training at 5 Elements in January 2016.  He has recently achieved his black belt in Shotokan Karate and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to this style.  Luke was a member of the 2018 Canadian team for WKU and brought home two bronze medals.  He has also trained in Wrestling, Hap Kido, Muay Thai and Jiujitsu.  Luke teaches a variety of classes at 5 Elements Martial Arts and shares a variety of skills and techniques with his students.

Kru Mike

 

Mike has been training in kickboxing and Muay Thai for 30 years; in that time, he has earned his black belt in kickboxing and his fourth degree black belt in Muay Thai. Mike has been an official for the Ring Sports Officials Association for over 25 years, and presently serves as President of the RSOA. He teaches nearly all of 5 Elements' Muay Thai classes and is available for private lessons.

Kru Louise

 

Louise began kickboxing in 2007 as an alternative to running, which she could no longer do due to injury, and found herself hooked after a 10 week course. She joined 5 Elements in 2008, after they introduced fitness kickboxing classes to the schedule.  From there, Louise started taking muay thai classes.  Here, she wishes to express how much the muay thai, fitness kickboxing and support from the school helped her to cope with life outside of the school, where she was going through a difficult personal time. Louise began teaching Fitness Kickboxing in 2010 and now teaches every Tuesday night and Saturday morning, as well as continuing her muay thai training. Louise has also earned her black muay thai praciat.

Kru Troy

Troy White has a collective 15 years experience in different martial arts.  He presently holds a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo (World TKD Federation), and his black praciat in Muay Thai. He competes regularly in tournaments in Muay Thai and K1 Kickboxing rules for continuous sparring.  Troy teaches Fitness Kickboxing Classes, as well as assists in Youth and Adult Muay Thai Classes.

Beau Bentley

Beau has been involved in Marital Arts since the age of 5, beginning with Canadian Goju Ryu karate which he obtained a second degree black belt in 2000.  He then found a path into Boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiujitsu.

Beau holds a brown belt in BJJ under Professor Sam Johnston (Miramichi, New Brunswick).  Beau has been training for 15 years in Jiujitsu and 12 years in Muay Thai.

Beau has both amateur and professional experience in MMA and has trained in Canada and more recently Hong Kong under ONE FC Heavyweight and 4 times World Muay Thai Champion Alain Ngalani at Impakt MMA.

Beau also enjoys personal training and general fitness with clients looking to improve overall health and fitness levels.

Michaela Tomic

Michaela is a first Dan blackbelt in Mudukwan style Taekwondo. She is WTF and Kukkiwon certified. She trained for 5 years in California and competed in both poomse (forms) and sparring at the international level and holds multiple international gold medals. As an instructor Michaela focuses on one on one connection with her students and creating constructive classroom environments for students to achieve their goals and be able to grow as individuals.

Cliff Liknes

 

Cliff Liknes is 5 Elements' Adult Boxing coach. His amateur background includes 180 amateur fights, throughout which he competed in some of the biggest Amateur Tournaments in the United States, including but not limited to the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio, the Black Exbo in Indianapolis Indiana, and the Inland Empire Games in Spokane, Washington. Cliff is a two time Provincial champ and earned a Bronze Medal at the 1988 Canadian Nationals at the amateur level. His professional background includes 18 professional fights, where he fought mostly out of Las Vegas and Montreal and competed for the Canadian Middleweight Title. Cliff does not provide private lessons but puts everything into the hour classes he has to bettering the skill level of his students. 

Professor Jimmy Dhaliwal

Jimmy has trained extensively in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is a 1st degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under; Master Joe Moreira (8th degree Coral belt in BJJ, 3rd degree Black belt in Judo, and UFC veteran), and Alex Roque (BjjFC). Jimmy is a certified black belt instructor under Master Joe Moreira, and is part of the Joe Moreira Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu association. Jimmy is also a certified black belt under IBJJF.

Master Joe Moreira is an 8th degree (Red/White) Coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and is a living legend in BJJ and MMA (he fought in the early UFC's). There are very few 8th degree Coral belts in BJJ on the planet, and Master Moreira is one of them.

Jay MacDougall

Jay has been a personal trainer for 15 years, training both individuals and groups.  He has been teaching fitness kickboxing for the past 10 years. His journey started with his own personal health issues that put his future at risk. Jay started with changing his dietary issues and that led to the gym world where he got hooked on working out and feeling better. As he started to feel better about himself, Jay felt even better about helping other people with their personal journeys as well. He has trained people with specific health issues, women getting ready for their weddings, young people and older people. Jay believes everyone has a starting point, level of fitness doesn’t matter.