Riverside South

(665 Earl Armstrong Road)

Instructors

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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- 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.

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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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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Word of the Month: Courage

October 1, 2019

Courage, Aristotle said, is the most important virtue because it guarantees the others…

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Word of the Month: Focus

September 1, 2019

A key benefit of karate is the way it helps children improve their focus. Learning new techniques, mastering complicated fight sequences and sparring in a ring all require children to pay attention and keep paying attention, in a way they find really fun and rewarding. It’s a classic win-win situation.

Read More

WKC World Championships 2019

October 9, 2019

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

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

Word of the Month: Courage

October 1, 2019

Courage, Aristotle said, is the most important virtue because it guarantees the others…

Read More

Word of the Month: Focus

September 1, 2019

A key benefit of karate is the way it helps children improve their focus. Learning new techniques, mastering complicated fight sequences and sparring in a ring all require children to pay attention and keep paying attention, in a way they find really fun and rewarding. It’s a classic win-win situation.

Read More

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