DOUVRIS Riverside South has an approach to karate, fitness, and leadership that is unique in the region.
Senseis Domenic and Fortunato and their team are members of the Ottawa community and leaders in karate.
Sensei Domenic Aversa
Sensei Dominic began studying karate in 1986 at the age of 10, with Master Senseis John & Peter Douvris. Since that time, he has earned his 5th-degree black belt, 15 individual, and six team World Championship gold medals in super lightweight point sparring. He has been the Canadian National Champion since 1995.
He received the ACT Award (now the Ottawa Sports Award) as Amateur Athlete of the Year in the field of sport karate, and in 2012 was inducted into the World Karate and Kickboxing Council Hall of Fame. He continues to compete in the National and World tournament circuits.
Sensei Fortunato Aversa
Sensei Fortunato began studying karate in 1986 at the age of nine, with Master Senseis John & Peter Douvris. Since that time, he has earned his 5th-degree black belt, and was the first Canadian competitor to win the welterweight point sparring World Championship, in Denmark. He has been the Canadian National Champion since 1993, and has accumulated 12 individual and six team gold medals in welterweight point sparring in World Championship competition.
He is a two-time recipient of the ACT Award (now the Ottawa Sports Award) as Amateur Athlete of the Year in the field of sport karate, and in 2000 was named Canadian Martial Artist of the Year. He continues to compete in the National and World tournament circuits.
Sensei Anthony Bianco
Sensei Anthony joined DOUVRIS as an instructor in 2010 and is a 1st-degree Black Belt. He began studying karate at the age of four.
As a youth, he participated in competitions and enjoyed the challenges and opportunities it presented. He enjoys the family-friendly environment at DOUVRIS karate Ottawa because it provides an opportunity for students of all ages to learn and grow.
Sensei Anthony studies Business at Ottawa University.
Sensei Jasmine Smith
Sensei Jasmine has been part of the DOUVRIS family since she began studying karate in 2005. Since that time, she has achieved Shodan and is a valuable instructor and mentor to her fellow karate students. Sensei Jasmine initiated the DOUVRIS Riverside South tournament training classes, which, along with other junior Senseis, enable Riverside South to regularly send over 30 participants to assist with the DOUVRIS tournament team fundraisers. She also referees in-house tournaments.
Sensei Jasmine is an active member of her community. She works with youth with autism as a Group Leader for Children At Risk’s Camp Kaleidoscope and Saturday Fun Clubs as well as the Sibling Group, being a sibling of a youth with autism herself.
Her other interests include Ultimate Frisbee, international travel, zip lining and climbing. She is also a talented musician, playing French horn and steel band in Merivale High School’s band.
Sensei Jasmine encourages karate Ottawa students to work hard and focus on their goals. She always makes herself available to assist with the lower belts and helps students get ready for their belt tests.