DOUVRIS Orleans has an approach to karate, fitness, and leadership that is unique in the region.
Sensei Ben Clarke
In 2005, Sensei Ben began his karate career at Douvris Martial Arts Westboro, instructed by Sensei Domenic Aversa and Sensei Fortunato Aversa. In no time, Sensei Ben fell in love with the sport and knew this is something he wants to do for the rest of his life. At the age of 12, he began to compete at the national and international level. In order to successfully pursue Sport karate, he started to train with the franchise owner, Master John Douvris at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street. Sensei Ben has won multiple national, international, as well as World Karate Commission (WKC) World Championships in forms, weapons, and point sparring. For 3 years in a row, Sensei Ben competed all across the USA in the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) circuit. The next circuit he would like to compete in is the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) in Europe.
- WKC Pan American Champion in point sparring (2020)
- WKC Pan American Champion in forms (2019)
- WKC World Champion in point sparring (2017 & 2019)
- Earned Third Degree Black Belt (2017)
- Ranked 2nd in the NASKA Circuit (2016 & 2017)
- WKC World Champion in creative weapons (2015 & 2016)
- WKC World Champion in synchronized weapons (2014)
- Over 15 WKC National Titles
- And more…
Ever since Sensei Ben can remember, he has always dreamt of opening his own karate school. In 2018, he received an offer of a lifetime to open Douvris Martial Arts Orleans. His goal as a franchise owner is to create a positive close-knit community and deliver his knowledge and passion for karate.
Besides running a karate school and competing, he is currently studying Business Entrepreneurship at Algonquin College to learn and improve the way he runs his dojo. He also enjoys travelling the world and spending his time outdoors snowboarding, skating, hiking, biking etc.
Sensei Guillaume Auger
As young as 5 years old, Sensei Guillaume began karate at 100% Martial Arts. He got into karate to help his focus in school and to improve his confidence in order to stand up to school bullies. Before joining the Douvris family, Sensei Guillaume participated and won several tournaments around the Ottawa region. In 2012, he joined Douvris Martial Arts Ottawa Athletic Club as a student and soon became an assistant karate instructor. In comparison to other instructors, Sensei Guillaume chose the route of reffing. In 2016, he became an Official WKC Referee and has judged at nationals, the Canadian Open, and the WKC World Championships in 2019. Currently, he is working hard to earn his Third-Degree Black Belt.
Sensei Guillaume is a proud instructor of Douvris Martial Arts Orleans since its inception in 2018. Sensei Guillaume has been a huge asset for the dojo as he is bilingual in French and English. His goal as an instructor is to share his knowledge to help grow the sport of karate in his community and inspire/challenge students to become the best person they can be. He noticed that karate helped him therefore he wants to foster and convey important values such as respect, teamwork, confidence, and focus.
Aside from being an instructor at Douvris Martial Arts Orleans, Sensei Guillaume is in the process of receiving his Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Accounting at the University of Ottawa and works as an Intermediate Accountant at Minto Communities Ottawa. He is also an avid hockey fan, a recreational hockey and ball hockey player, and loves spending his time outdoors.
Sensei Nick Douvris
For many years, karate has run in the Douvris family. Ever since Sensei Nick was young, his father, Sensei Peter was his hero and saw his gi as a cape. Sensei Nick would watch his father teach a room filled with students and admired the amount of respect they all had for him. At the age of 7, Sensei Nick decided to be a part of the Douvris karate family and began working to live up to his father’s name. Unlike most Senseis at Douvris Martial Arts Orleans, Sensei Nick solely stuck to teaching and has taught at four Douvris Martial Arts locations: Bank Street, Ottawa Athletic Club, Ottawa East, and Orleans. In 2016, he received his Official WKC Referee certificate and has judged at provincials, nationals, the Canadian Open, the WKC Pan American Championships, and the WKC World Championships in 2019. In the summer of 2020, Sensei Nick received his Third-Degree Black Belt and is now on a new journey to eventually earn his Fourth Degree. Besides instructing and reffing, he also volunteers at Kids Kicking Cancer to teach karate and breathing techniques to children battling cancer. Sensei Nick’s goals are to play his part to keep his family business running and to own his own dojo.
In 2019, Sensei Nick graduated from Algonquin College in Business Management and Entrepreneurship in order to have a better understanding of how to run a business successfully. When he is not working (which is rare), he enjoys watching hockey and adventuring with his family and friends.
Sensei Dante Lorusso
As a young boy, Sensei Dante watched his older brother and older sister pursue karate. Sensei Dante wanted to be just like his siblings and at the age of 5 he began his karate career at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street. In no time, he fell in love with the sport and has competed nationally and internationally in forms and point sparring. Sensei Dante continues to train at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street, is the team captain of the Douvris Tournament Team, and is a part of Team Douvris International. He was also an instructor at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street and is now solely teaching at Douvris Martial Arts Orleans. His all-time goal is to win the WKC World Championships in both forms and point sparring. He is very determined to achieve his goals and strives for excellence with everything he does.
- WKC Worlds Silver Medalist in point sparring (2019)
- WKC Pan American Bronze Medalist in forms (2019)
- Earned Second Degree Black Belt (2019)
Sensei Dante is currently attending Glebe Collegiate Institute High School and is also the quarterback for his school’s football team. In his downtime, he enjoys snowboarding along with watching movies and anime.