Thank you all for being a part of an amazing year at the Emergent facility. It has been a pleasure and honour for us to serve this community in such a large way. We sincerely hope you all continue on the martial arts path in some way or another.

Gi Jiu Jitsu

We continue to encourage all fighters in their training with Professor CJ Hollett, who will now be teaching at 5186 80th ave SE

Kids Martial Arts

Jess Hopkins will be hosting a similar Junior MMA program for the 6-12 age group and nearby dojo Tilt MMA: 2650 36 St SE, with the same time offerings TUES // THURS 4:30-5:15pm at $80/monthly. Her class sizes will be capped so register early to make sure we hold a place for you.

Dan Miller

To add your name to an email list to be updated where Dan Miller will be coaching in the future, send an email to

Emergent Fight Team

You’ll be glad to know that the Emergent fight team will continue to compete and demonstrate the Emergent Martial Arts system. Cheer for us at your next competition or fight card. 

Our Community


We honour traditions of the past while keeping an open awareness and making room for the future. We are rooted in every step we take forward. We respect each other as we pursue our own challenging but deeply rewarding paths.


We are an inclusive, welcoming environment that encourages all ages and skill levels to participate in the highest level of training. We celebrate each and every one of our students. The beginner is our most treasured resource. We continually guide each other towards stronger versions of ourselves to realize our higher ambitions. We are all on our own personal journey which can never be done alone.


We pursue physical, intellectual and spiritual strength for actual combat situations. We develop character and walk the path of the warrior. We move towards reality, gaining mastery of self in the face of violence. We combine the most effective martial arts techniques from constructive ancient practice and modern sports science with individual creativity and style.

Membership Policies

At Emergent, we believe in 100% transparency. We do not believe in being “locked-in” to a membership you are not using. Martial arts is a lifestyle choice that is not easy for anyone: students, coaches, training partners. If we did not have facility costs, we would encourage all of our members to choose the warrior path for themselves anew every single day they train. In the case where a membership policy exists, this is only to prevent financial loss on our part in order to keep the doors of this amazing community open for all of us.

Memberships are 6-month contracts. The following policies exist if you need to alter, suspend, or cancel your contract in the middle of a term.
All change requests must be submitted in writing by email to:
Memberships will automatically renew unless written notice is provided by email to

Memberships beginning after the 1st of the month will be pro-rated accordingly, and then billed monthly concurrently on the 1st of each month in full.
You must complete the Waiver before you start using your membership.
Memberships ARE transferable.
No refunds are given on memberships.
Access to activities and facilities will be as per the operating times and programmes listed / displayed online.
Emergent Martial Arts Inc. reserves the right to amend or cancel any of its activity programmes due to circumstances beyond our control. No compensation for whatever reason will be given.
By completing the online application form and agreeing to be bound by these Terms and Conditions; you agree to pay all Emergent Martial Arts Inc. membership and other fees on time.
Your membership fees are subject to periodic increases or decreases. Fees will normally be reviewed on an annual basis but circumstances may dictate an earlier revision. You will be given one months-notice of any fee change.

You may upgrade your monthly membership to another monthly membership at any time with no notice.

You may downgrade your monthly membership to another monthly membership at any time with no notice.

Membership Suspension
Option to suspend membership at 50% normal fees for a full month of zero attendance with 30 days advance notice.
A full month begins on the 1st and ends on the last day of that month.
Suspensions must be at least 2 months.

Injury policy
Option to suspend membership at 50% normal fees for a full month of zero attendance.
Must be due to a confirmed injury at the discretion of your coaches.
No notice is required, can be activated immediately.
Injury suspensions can be as short as required.

Early Cancellation
Option to cancel your membership early with 30 days advance notice.
Fee charged equal to 1 month membership fees.
Option to have the fee waived if you replace yourself with a new member for the duration of your contract.

What is "Emergent"?

The definition of the word “emergent”: The process of coming into being or becoming prominent. It is the arising of a property due complex causes and not analyzable simply as the sum of their effects.

For the martial arts, the name “Emergent” functions on multiple levels. First, it works as a basic descriptor, bringing into focus the nature of the system. Secondly, it replaces the word “mixed” in “mixed martial arts” in order to convey a much more profound, intelligent and accurate connotation for the incipient sport. Lastly, it provides a name for the universal process that gave, and continues to give rise, to our understanding and practice of the combative arts and sciences.

So, to define it simply, Emergent Martial Arts is the study of combat as a universal human process rather than as a fragmented series of lesser autonomous and insulated systems.

Up until this point in history, the pursuit of martial knowledge could only be local, cultural, and in the end, myopic. Due largely to the isolationist nature of the imperial cultures of the Asian world we now have access to their preserved and still largely intact martial arts traditions. However, their modern practice still reflects that same secretive and self-contained quality of the societies from which they have emerged. Because of this, the vast majority of martial arts currently practiced still operate as anthropological artifacts from a time before the age of reason. Unfortunately this is seen still within the approach to the coaching methodology, the archaic and belief based kinesiology, and the need to preserve the system in spite of the need to progress. While there is value in the practice of a cultural tradition, there must also be a responsibly to our new understanding of scientific truth, especially if it relates to the ability to fulfill a measurable outcome; in this case, the ability to fight or defend yourself.

Most martial arts do not succeed at being practical in the real world, and do not deliver what is pledged and sold to their students. The arts themselves tend to be pointlessly complex, while on the other hand the training that supports them often remains ineffective, irrational and simplistic.

It wasn’t until the advent of the no-holds-barred contests that the martial arts would be put to the test, and since then we have seen many shifts occur. We have observed that through many thousands of contests that the traditional martial arts as they were understood, trained and practiced cannot win real fights against anyone with more open sourced, modern training. However, interestingly we have seen many of the techniques that existed in the traditional martial arts begin to work wonderfully, despite the fact they were largely condemned with the arts that produced them. For example, in the early nineties it was thought that kicking to the head was an ineffective and fanciful technique, and a waste of time to train. Since then however, it has come to be an absolute staple of mixed martial arts, where seldom does a fight happen without demonstrating its worth as a dangerous weapon.

This process of redefining what works and what does not through the process of natural selection is the very backbone of modern martial arts training. It is this progression that makes the term “mixed” outmoded, and the term “emergent” a much more succinct designation. It is this radical shift in conception that allows us to see the rise of all martial arts in the same way we currently appreciate the advent of MMA.

Every martial art arose to fulfill a real functionality, assembling itself both within the training and technical proficiency that succeeded in that utility. What this means is that most martial arts at one point in their history had succeeded in their occupation, and in order to do so had to make room for open sourced development, each system evolving to find success making all martial arts, in effect, “emergent martial arts”. Of course, due largely to the fluctuating needs of the cultures surrounding them, their practice became more and more detached from the catalyzing environment that created them and as such became diluted, prejudiced and ineffective. As their practice became more of an performance of cultural tradition, so too did they concern themselves more and more with self-preservation instead of technical advancement. To summarize, the traditional martial arts we know today are not the systems that operated on the battlefields of the past.

This understanding of all martial arts as emerging systems of combative movement allows us to circumvent the mistake of making MMA another closed system concerned more with self-identity than evolution. It also provides a new paradigm in which to respect and glean information from the emergent martial arts of history, teaching us to look with a different set of eyes upon the vast array of traditions.

As far as Emergent Martial Arts is concerned, the reality is a golden opportunity. One that has very little to do with the choosing of the “right” or “approved” techniques to suit its own new, albeit closed system and much more to do with the development of a correct framework to deal with and support the open nature and possibility of human movement. The new archetype is not just the acquisition of more or better punches and kicks or joint locks and chokes, but also accessing of the periphery sciences of functional fitness, sport psychology, nutrition, corrective exercise and spiritual wellbeing. Anything less with a consideration to everything we have access to in our current place in history is a severe waste of potential.

In order to accomplish this, Emergent seeks to be accountable to three contrasting influences held in perpetual balance: Science, Art, and Philosophy. You could rephrase those three words in many ways, such as intelligence, creativity and purpose, or perhaps even down to the very root and orgin, the practice of the mind, the body and the soul.

The science of our martial arts is what is demonstrably sound in function, efficiency, and training methodology. As in, not do we believe our students can fight and win, but do they? Do they demonstrate the ability to survive in violence and chaos theoretically, or do they spend real time developing themselves upon the canvas of violence and chaos?

The philosophy of our martial arts is accomplished by the training, bringing the process and development of the individual into alignment with their own intentions. Why do we train? Is it is delude ourselves into a fake sense of security, or is it to build a hard earned sense of authentic self-confidence? Do we want to go through the motions, or do we want to build a real experience of interconnection within ourselves? Our real reason for being there will always show itself whether we like it or not, but don’t have to accept that reality as unchangeable. To train intelligently, is a means to regain and develop control of the outcome of our aspirations.

The art of our martial arts is the bestowal of power into a creative influence of expression. It is the self-realization already present in every genuine action. To be an artist is to seek a mastery of being alive; being true to your own deepest ambitions, hopes and dreams. We believe that mastery is the point of contact between the soul and the world.