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 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 1000 kicks and Cardio-A-Thon for Kids Kicking Cancer
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 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 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 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 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 Gabriella Lorusso
Sensei Gabriella has been training karate with the Douvris family for the past 10 years. She started her karate journey at the age of 9 and through the encouragement of the Douvris family, as well as her own hard work and perseverance she has been able to achieve her Black Belt at the age of 13. By the age of 18, all while she was finishing high school and preparing for university, she attained the rank of a 3rd Dan.
Gabriella is a hard-working, positive role model for the kids and adults she teaches karate at Douvris Martial Arts. She has been teaching karate for several years and has reached her goal of becoming an Instructor. Gabriella really enjoys teaching new and experienced students alike so that she can pass on her karate skills and techniques that she has learned during her time at Douvris martial arts.
Gabriella is currently a second-year university student in the Human Kinetics program at the University of Ottawa. When she is not at school or at home studying, she is at the dojo training and teaching. She currently aspires to always be active and help others do the same. Gabriella wants to help rehabilitate those who are injured, to encourage those who need empowerment to continue to be active and to educate those who may not understand the importance of proper nutrition for maintaining a healthy body and quality of life.
Sensei Michele Lorusso
Sensei Michele, since the age of 4 years old has dedicated much of his time to study and train in Karate and in 2017 obtained his third-degree black belt. During this time he has trained with and learned from some of the world’s best Sensei’s, many of whom continue to inspire him to further develop his skills in the hopes of, one day, becoming a master.
Sensei Michele is currently an active member of Douvris Martial Arts where he continues to train and teach Karate. He has been teaching Karate for several years and enjoys seeing his hard work pay off through the progress made by the students he has taught. Michele is also a member, for the past 2 years, of the Douvris Tournament Team where he competes in point sparring and katas. As a member of the tournament team, he has won many medals at the Canadian WKC National Championships and WKC World Championships. Sensei Michele is currently a high school student, in his junior year, at Glebe High School and also enjoys participating in other sports such as football, soccer, swimming and skiing.
Sensei Robbie Hughes
Robbie has been practicing karate since the age of 8. A member of the Douvris International Tournament Team since the age of 11, Robbie has represented Canada on the WKC National Karate Team for five years. He has earned four bronze medals at WKC World Karate Championships so far for light contact fighting, team sparring, creative weapons and musical open weapons. Robbie is currently the National Champion for Musical Open Weapons. Robbie is a second degree black belt.
Robbie loves working with kids and has long been an active member of the Douvris leadership program. He has taught karate at several Douvris locations and in Africa. In 2015, at the age of 13 Robbie first travelled to Africa to volunteer with his family where he started a karate school for begging street children, convincing his parents and the Senegalese charity, Maison de la Gare of the advantages karate has to offer abused children with no fam- ilies who are forced to beg for hours each day.
Since founding the karate program Robbie has hauled hundreds of donated gi’s to Senegal, contracted local Sensei’s to teach the children in his absence, launched a tournament program and convinced dozens of Douvris families to sponsor street kids to join the local dojo in Senegal. Robbie has been to Senegal three times to work with the karate kids, to continue to develop and advance the pro- gram, and to mentor and inspire the children.
He continues to be committed to help feed their growing passion for karate, and looks forward to returning to Africa. In 2018 After being nominated by one of his Senseis, Robbie was honoured with the CTV Meyers Amazing Kid Award. Robbie has a passion for performance.
A grade 12 drama student in the Canterbury Arts program and the 2014 Ottawa MASC award winner for the dramatic arts, Robbie has a serious creative streak which he applies to his weapons competitions as well as to his acting.
In addition to his passions for karate and drama, Robbie loves to kayak and participate in his family’s tradition of making maple syrup at the cottage.
Sensei Alexis McCeath Frangakis
Alexis began studying karate in 2006, at Bernardo Karate in Grand Bend, Ontario. In 2012, she began training at Bernardo Karate in London, Ontario and competed for the Bernardo Karate Tournament Team from 2012-2017. She has been a member of the National Karate Team and has competed at the WKC World Championships in kata, weapons, and both point and continuous fighting. She is extremely grateful to have been welcomed into the Douvris family when she moved to Ottawa for University.
In high school, Alexis also played competitive soccer, ringette, as well as various other high school sports.
Currently, Alexis is a second-year student at the University of Ottawa in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering and Computing Technology. She is also a member of uOttawa’s Engineering Students’ Society.
Sensei Nico Campagna
Sensei Nico is 17 years old and has been practicing karate for 8 years. While he enjoys kata, his true passion is in point sparring and competing. He joined the international competition team when he was 12 years old and has been competing since. Through his years of competition he has accumulated four WKC world championships. One came in team fights, one in continuous sparring and two in point sparring.
He enjoys sharing his knowledge and watching students grow to mature martial artists. Helping his students allows him to improve and become a better student and teacher.
Sensei Nico is currently in grade 12. When he’s not at school, or hanging out with friends, he’s at the dojo either training or teaching.
Sensei Malik Thomas
Biography coming soon!