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 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 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.


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 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.











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