Bank Street

(Head Quarters - 1270 Bank Street)

Instructors

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

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Master 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.

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Master 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.

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Our Black Belt Instructors

Master John Competes in the Canadian Classic Open Karate Championship

Video Throw-Back to 1988! 

- CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM -

Striving 4 Excellence

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DOUVRIS Martial Arts strongly believes in developing the character of our students along with the martial arts skills we teach them. The Striving for Excellence character development program was developed with over 30 years experience in teaching children respect, confidence and self-discipline. Striving for Excellence gives our members the opportunity to discuss, practice, and apply character development traits in their lives. The program includes a Karate Kids Workbook and a Karate Tykes Colouring book which children complete each month at home. The lessons outlined in the workbook are designed to accompany the “Word of the Month” which instructors discuss with students during each class.

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The Word of the Month for October is

Courage

For us at Douvris Martial Arts, courage means trying new things even if they scare us. And like anything else, courage increases through regular practice. That’s how we help students become brave, by teaching them to push through their limits and improve themselves every day.

“Everyone that steps through these doors takes the first step in showing us their courage,” Sensei Cody Diesbourg explains, adding that it takes guts to launch yourself into a new adventure, even if only to find out whether you like it or not.

Fitness Trial Offer

Our Total Body Training kickboxing fitness trial offer includes a 3 Class Pass for $19.95. This offer is available at 6 of our Ottawa training facilities.

Karate Trial Offer

Our Karate Trial Offer includes two classes and a new uniform for $19.95. It is valid for anyone aged 4 through adult. Our Karate Trial Offer is available at all of our Ottawa locations.

Douvris News

WKC World Championships 2019

October 9, 2019

For all those athletes competing at the 2019 WKC World Championship … YOUR TIME IS NOW!

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Douvris Haunted Dojo

October 1, 2019

Join us for a spooky night at the Dojo on Saturday, October 19! Register at the front desk.

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Pink Army

October 1, 2019

This month, Douvris is celebrating Beast Cancer Awareness month. Students are encouraged to donate $20 to get a pink belt and wear it to class each time during the month of October.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Martial Arts Excellence!!

October 1, 2019

Join us at our Bank Street location lobby for a little cake cutting and refreshments at 1:15pm on Saturday, October 26, right after the All belt family self-defence class.

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Kick Your Friends Into Gear

October 1, 2019

Here’s your chance to get your friends into class with you AND win some great prizes!

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WKC World Championships 2019

October 9, 2019

For all those athletes competing at the 2019 WKC World Championship … YOUR TIME IS NOW!

Read More

Douvris Haunted Dojo

October 1, 2019

Join us for a spooky night at the Dojo on Saturday, October 19! Register at the front desk.

Read More

Pink Army

October 1, 2019

This month, Douvris is celebrating Beast Cancer Awareness month. Students are encouraged to donate $20 to get a pink belt and wear it to class each time during the month of October.

Read More

Celebrating 35 Years of Martial Arts Excellence!!

October 1, 2019

Join us at our Bank Street location lobby for a little cake cutting and refreshments at 1:15pm on Saturday, October 26, right after the All belt family self-defence class.

Read More

Kick Your Friends Into Gear

October 1, 2019

Here’s your chance to get your friends into class with you AND win some great prizes!

Read More

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