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About Us

5 Elements Martial Arts and Wellness Center is a family owned business that focuses on building a community of people that care about others. Our Kung Fu school is also known as 5 Elements San Diego. We teach Chinese martial arts as a self-defense tool, but also as a way to balance the health of the body and the mind. Many people are looking for a fun activity that keeps the body in great shape but challenges the mind. Some of the best athletes in the world are fighters because their training demands that the body is in excellent shape. Cardiovascular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, speed, balance, and power, are all fitness benefits to this type of training. Of course you don’t need to be a fighter or ever get into a fight to gain the benefits of the training. At the wellness center people train to get into the best shape while also learning practical self-defense techniques. The training that you receive at 5 Elements is rooted in Chinese martial arts, philosophy, and medicine. 5 Elements are used to describe the mental, physical, and spiritual approach that we have towards the training in kung fu. We are here to develop the whole body with a very holistic approach to health and well being. Instructors are here to guide a student to an increase state of awareness using Northern Shaolin, Wing Chung, and Tai Chi. Having this knowledge in addition to the martial arts training will enhance the performance and ability of the student to exceed not only in their training but everyday life

History of 5 Elements

Since 1996 Sifu Mario trained under his Primary Instructor, Head Instructor John Nelson. Head Instructor John was the owner of 2 schools before he retired that were located in San Carlos and Allied Gardens. In 1999 Sifu Mario received his black belt and completed Instructor training under Head Instructor John Nelson. During this time Sifu Mario was given the opportunity to learn from Master Troy Walzak and Instructor Mathew Coe. Master Troy and Instructor Mathew Coe were the owners of a brother school called 5 Elements Martial Arts, located in Pacific Beach. Unfortunately 5 Elements in Pacific Beach closed because the Instructors had to relocate out of San Diego due to family obligations. In 2010 Sifu Mario had a opportunity to continue teaching Chinese martial arts thanks to his friend and training partner, Senior Instructor Keith Jacobson. Senior Instructor Keith and Sifu Mario become business partners and opened 5 Elements with many dedicated students that had trained with Sifu Mario. The main focus of our school is teaching a combination of the Northern Shaolin and Wing Chun Kung Fu.

The Facility
We have a brand new facility with top quality training gear and flooring and a dedicated massage area. We think you’ll like it. Come check us out.