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DOUVRIS Ottawa South has an approach to karate, fitness, and leadership that is unique in the region.

Master Senseis John and Peter and their team are members of the Ottawa community and leaders in karate.

Master Sensei John Douvris

Master Sensei John Douvris

Master Sensei John Douvris is the heart of DOUVRIS.

A thoughtful mentor and chief karate and kickboxing instructor, his passion and dedication inspires his students to commit to themselves and reach their goals.

Master John is a natural athlete and has been involved in sports his entire life. His martial arts training began with judo in 1972. A short time later, he became involved in karate. He holds an 8th-degree Black Belt from the World Karate & Kickboxing Commission (WKC).

Master John is a highly-decorated karate champion and advocate of the sport. His accomplishments include:

  • Canadian Heavy Weight Karate Champion, 1984-1993
  • Canadian Sport Karate Sparring Champion, 1987-1993
  • Inductee to the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 1993
  • Recipient of International Amateur Kickboxing Sport Association (IAKSA) Medal of Honour, 1995
  • Co-host of IAKSA World Championships, 1995
  • Canadian President of IAKSA, 1995
  • Vice President of World Karate Association (WKA), 1995
  • Coach of the Canadian National Karate Team, 1995-2003
  • Inductee to the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame, 2014
  • Co-Founder and President of World Karate & Kickboxing Commission (WKC)
  • Co-organizer of Kicks for Heart Cardio-A-Thon Annual Fundraiser for Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2013-present

Master John co-founded DOUVRIS in 1984 with his brother, Peter Douvris. He holds an Electrical Engineering diploma from Algonquin College. After graduating, he promptly gave his diploma to his mother, opened his first dojo, and has never looked back.

Master Sensei Peter Douvris

Master Sensei Peter Douvris

Master Sensei Peter Douvris is a beloved mentor and co-founder of DOUVRIS.

Master Peter’s enthusiasm for sport began at a young age. As a competitive soccer player and swimmer, he embraces the role fitness and competition play in our lives. His martial arts training began with judo in 1972.

His enthusiasm for karate, fitness, and building leadership skills in student of all ages makes him an integral member of the karate community. He is a chief karate and cardio kickboxing Instructor for DOUVRIS, which he co-founded in 1984 with his brother, John Douvris.

Master Peter is a highly-decorated karate champion and advocate of the sport. His accomplishments include:

  • Co-host of IAKSA World Championships, 1995
  • Canadian Vice President of World Karate Association (WKA) Ontario, 1999
  • Canadian National Karate Team Coach, 1998-present
  • Vice President of the World Karate & Kickboxing Commission (WKC)
  • Co-organizer of Kicks for Heart Cardio-A-Thon Annual Fundraiser for Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2013-present

Master Peter Douvris holds a 7th-degree Black Belt from the WKC and a 1st-degree Black Belt from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).

In addition to co-organizing the Heart and Stroke Foundation Kicks for Heart Cardio-A-Thon Annual Fundraiser, Master Peter is an active participant in fundraising efforts for community and charitable organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Ottawa chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. He has raised over $60,000 for these charities.

Sensei Nick Douvris

Sensei Nick Douvris

Sensei Nick has practiced karate since 1992, training with his father, Master Sensei John Douvris, and his uncle, Master Sensei Peter Douvris. He was selected for the 2012 WKC Canadian National Karate Team and is a WKC referee.

In addition to karate, he also enjoys boxing, kickboxing, weight training, and hockey. He played junior hockey in Granby, Quebec and actively participated in the minor hockey association and community events. He also participates in Kicks for Heart, a fundraiser created by DOUVRIS to support the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Sensei Nick’s favorite thing about being a DOUVRIS karate Ottawa instructor is working with young members to help improve their karate skills and seeing them reach their potential.

Sensei Cody Diesbourg

Sensei Cody Diesbourg

Sensei Cody Diesbourg is a fourth-degree black belt and multi-time world champion in fighting, Kata, and weapons. He is Lead Instructor at the DOUVRIS Ottawa South dojo, with extensive experience in teaching group lessons, private instruction, seminars, instructor colleges, and day camps.

Sensei Cody began his martial arts training in 1992, began competing in 1995, and has been teaching since 1997. His martial arts awards are numerous. He competed in the North American Sport Karate Association for seven years, consistently placing top three in all his divisions, which include weapons, team fighting, Kata, sparring, point fighting, and more. He has a total of 11 years of WKA/WKC experience and holds 37 medals: 19 Gold, 9 Silver, and 9 Bronze.

Previously, Sensei Cody was owner and head instructor at Premier Martial Arts in Edmonton, Alberta, and head instructor at Family Karate Centres in London, Ontario. He created the Edmonton Martial Arts program in 2005. As Alberta Director for the World Karate/Kickboxing Council (WKC), he hosted the provincial WKC qualifier for that province for four years. He has done television stunt work and acting.

Sensei Rami Sabouni

Sensei Rami Sabouni

Sensei Rami has practiced karate since 2001. He qualified for the 2014 WKC World Championship in continuous sparring and traditional weapons.

Sensei Rami puts his philosophy that “the best way to learn is by teaching other people” to work at DOUVRIS. He enjoys mentoring students in their quest to better their physical and mental well-being.

Sensei Rami is focused on continuous learning. He holds a B.Sc. in Medical Physics, a B.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an M.Sc. in Systems and Computer Engineering. He is currently working towards his PhD in Computer Engineering. He also enjoys kubodo and soccer.

Sensei Gord Metcalfe

Sensei Gord Metcalfe

Sensei Gord joined DOUVRIS in 1996. His love of teaching karate is evident through the enthusiasm he shares with his students. He encourages students of all ages to focus on technique and enjoys watching their confidence and sense of self-worth grow as their strength, flexibility, and skill improve.

Sensei Gord is decorated with a number of prestigious awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Commemorative Medal.

In addition to karate, Sensei Gord is an avid golfer and active volunteer for a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ottawa.

Sensei Jeff Lidstone

Sensei Jeff Lidstone

Sensei Jeff began practicing karate in 2004 and became an instructor at DOUVRIS in 2008. He received his black belt in 2007 and has performed as a judge and referee at the Canadian Open, an international-level tournament.

A retired member of the Canadian Forces with over 25 years’ service, Sensei Jeff enjoys instructing karate students of all ages because it allows him to share his knowledge while simultaneously improving his own martial arts skills.

He is a talented photographer. His photographs of DOUVRIS members can be found at the Bank Street location, and throughout this website.

Sensei Megan Bowman

Sensei Megan Bowman

Sensei Megan began her journey with martial arts in 2011 and is highly decorated at a National and International level. Megan first competed at The World Karate Championships in Italy in 2013, earning bronze in Chinese forms, silver in point and silver in continuous sparring. Since then Megan has competed in every World Championships adding more divisions each year.

Sensei Megan finds teaching at Douvris very rewarding. Seeing the joy on the faces of her students as they achieve their goals is an amazing feeling. Sensei Megan is a grade 12 student at Russell High School. Her future educational plans include attending Carleton University. She is an avid reader and animal lover.

Sensei Megan would like to continue to share her ever growing knowledge of martial arts.

Sensei Ben Clarke

Sensei Ben Clarke

Sensei Ben began studying karate at the age of six and is a 2nd-degree Black Belt. He is a member of the DOUVRIS tournament team and competes at both the national and international levels in kata, weapon, and point sparring. Sensei Ben has earned medals at all levels of competition in all of his disciplines.

Karate is an integral part of life for Sensei Ben. He enjoys teaching children, seeing their skills and confidence improve, and passing along his passion for the sport to others.

Sensei Ben is a high-school student and active percussionist in the school band. He also participates in intramural sports and loves to travel with his family.

Sensei Justine Senechal

Sensei Justine Senechal

Sensei Justine began practicing karate in 2013 and is an active member of the tournament team. She has qualified for the 2016 WKC World Championships.

She enjoys teaching her students and seeing them progress. Despite starting karate later than most, she has found her passion in the art, and wants to continue practicing karate for the rest of her life.

She is currently pursuing her studies and has plans to travel the world.

Sensei Goran Hinic

Sensei Goran Hinic

Sensei Goran was introduced to karate at the age of 3. Since then, he has achieved the level of 2nd degree Black Belt and has competed in kata, weapons, point sparring and continuous sparring numerous times with the DOUVRIS tournament team. He has been attending tournaments at the national and international levels for over 5 years.

Being a karate instructor at DOUVRIS has always been an enjoyable experience for Sensei Goran. He looks forward for improvement in self discipline, determination, skills and respect in both students and himself. He believes it is most satisfying to see the achievements his students earn in competitions or in the dojo.

Sensei Goran strives for best in both his karate activities and his school activities. He attends Reach Ahead courses as well as excels in school assignments and tests. He also enjoys other sports such as boxing, kickboxing and sailing.

Sensei Meghan Fernandez

Sensei Meghan has practiced karate since age 5 and over the past twelve years. She has achieved a level of 2nd degree black belt and plans to continue practicing martial arts for the rest of her life.

Teaching karate has been a significant part of Sensei Meghan’s life. She continues to integrate it into her life, alongside her part-time job and academics. She enjoys watching younger students grow mentally and physically, and being able to work with a variety of learners each class.

Sensei Meghan is currently studying in high school, and plans to pursue a career where she can continue to teach and work with children through education or through therapy.