DOUVRIS Orleans has an approach to karate, fitness, and leadership that is unique in the region.
Sensei Ben Clarke
Sensei Ben began his karate career in 2005 studying with Sensei Domenic and Sensei Fortunato Aversa at Douvris Martial Arts Westboro and then with Master Sensei John and Master Sensei Peter Douvris at Douvris Martial Arts Ottawa South (Headquarters). In addition to instructing at both the Ottawa South and Kemptville locations and attending classes at Carleton University, Sensei Ben has been competing nationally and internationally for six years and has won multiple national, international and WKC World championships in forms, weapons and sport karate point sparring as a junior and adult competitor. Karate is an integral part of life for Sensei Ben. He enjoys teaching, seeing students’ skills and confidence improve, and passing along his passion for the sport to others.
Sensei Guillaume Auger
Sensei Guillaume is a 2nd-degree Black Belt who started studying karate in 2006 at the age of 6 and has been an instructor with DOUVRIS since 2013. He is also an official WKC referee, with many years of experience judging at world-class tournaments such as The Canadian Open and Battle Zone. He participates in selecting the members of WKC’s Team Canada at the annual National Team tryouts and has competed in national tournaments in Montreal and Ottawa.
Sensei Guillaume is balancing karate with school, as he is currently studying Accounting at the University of Ottawa. He is also fully bilingual as he speaks both French and English at home and in the dojo, and is an active contributor to the DOUVRIS community.
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 Alexis McCreath 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 Nic Douvris
Sensei Nic started karate in 2006 at the age of 8, training with his dad Sensei Peter and his Uncle Master John. He is a black belt. He started teaching when he was 13, and has been a regular instructor since 2015.
He competed in a few tournaments as part of Team Douvris including the 2012 Provincials. He is a WKC referee and has judged at the Canadian Nationals as well as other tournaments. Along with karate, Sensei Nic also played hockey, soccer and was a member of his high school rugby team.
Karate is a key aspect of Sensei Nic’s life. He likes to push his students to bring out their best. His favourite part of teaching is watching his students improve and earn new belts. The best feeling to Nic is the feeling that he gets knowing that he contributed to their success.
He is currently balancing his studies at Algonquin College with karate. He always works his hardest to excel in school.