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.
Ever since Natalia was young, she has always been very active and loved playing a variety of sports. From the ages of 8 to 16, Natalia competed at the provincial and national level for tennis. At 17, she decided to use her knowledge of tennis and her love of teaching to become a tennis coach. In 2015, Natalia became a Certified Tennis Instructor and in 2016, she became a Certified Club Pro 1 through Tennis Canada. She has coached at the Ottawa Athletic Club for almost 5 years and Rideau Sports Centre for 2.
Once Natalia started her Bachelor of Kinesiology at Acadia University, she knew she wanted to help others through exercise. In 2019, Natalia became a Certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Her goal is to help tackle the physical inactivity pandemic by educating others the importance of physical activity and its positive correlation to living a long healthy life.
In May 2020, Natalia graduated from Acadia, where she received her Bachelor of Kinesiology. Acadia allowed Natalia to gain practical experience while working with varsity athletes, students, children with disabilities, older adults, as well as individuals with chronic conditions. During her last 2 years of school, she was the Strength and Conditioning Intern for Acadia’s Women’s Basketball team, volunteered at Cardiac Rehab, had Personal Training clients, and volunteered at other programs for elders.
In order to practice what she preaches, Natalia loves to spend her free time working out, playing tennis, doing karate, biking, and going on long walks with her dog.
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 Alexis McCreath Frangakis
Sensei Alexis was born and raised in Grand Bend, Ontario. She was introduced to karate by one of her childhood friends. At Bernardo Karate & Cardio Kickboxing, her friend invited her to “bring your friend to karate day” and from that point on she was hooked on the sport. She officially started karate class in 2004, where her coach Master Michael Bernardo (also known as Shihan) began to turn her into a world champion. Sensei Alexis primarily specialized in continuous sparring and weapons. Due to starting her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in 2017, she decided to stop competing to focus on her studies. In order to stay involved with karate, Sensei Alexis has been teaching at Douvris Martial Arts Orleans since 2018. Sensei Alexis was planning to compete at the WKC World Championships in 2020 however, COVID-19 drastically changed her plans. Her goal is to compete once again at the world championships.
- WKC World Champion in continuous sparring (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
- WKC World Champion in traditional weapons (2016)
- WKC World Champion in musical weapons (2015)
- WKC World Champion in creative weapons (2013)
- Over 13 National Titles
- And more…
Sensei Alexis is currently studying Biomedical Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She is very involved in her degree as she volunteers for uOttawa’s Engineering Students’ Society as well as the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario. With her busy schedule, Sensei Alexis still finds time to stay active by playing intramural sports, canoeing, and skating with her 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.
Sensei Hannah Morrier
In 2010, Sensei Hannah’s mom signed her up for karate class at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street and they ended up doing their first class together. She continues to train at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street where she is a member of the Douvris Tournament Team since 2015 as well as Team Douvris International since 2019. Sensei Hannah has competed at multiple national and international tournaments in both forms and point sparring. However, lately, she has primarily specialized in point sparring. Besides instructing at Douvris Martial Arts Orleans, Sensei Hannah is also an instructor at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street and volunteered at Kids Kicking Cancer (KKC). Sensei Hannah’s goal is to teach others karate and give children a sport they can grow up with, like her.
- Competed at the WKC World Championship (2016, 2017, & 2019)
- Earned First Degree Black Belt (2017)
Sensei Hannah is currently attending Glebe Collegian Institute High School where she is planning to graduate in 2021. In her downtime, she enjoys doing art, spending time outdoors, and being with her family and friends.
Sensei Maeve McColgan
At the age of 6, one of Sensei Maeve’s friends brought her to “Buddy Day” at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street. She soon fell in love with karate and began classes at Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street from ages 6 to 8. Starting at 9 years old, Sensei Maeve did karate at Douvris Martial Arts Ottawa Athletic Club until the age of 13, where she switched back to Douvris Martial Arts Bank Street to train with other members of the Douvris Tournament Team. Sensei Maeve has been a member of the Douvris Tournament Team for 4 years and Team Douvris International for 1 year. Sensei Maeve is a triple threat; she specializes in point sparring, forms, and weapons. Her goal is to receive gold in forms at the WKC World Championships. Besides being an exceptional athlete and competitor, Sensei Maeve teaches karate at 3 Douvris Martial Arts locations; Orleans, Ottawa East, and Bank Street. She also occasionally works at her mom’s bakery, Yummy Cookies.
- WKC Pan American Champion in point sparring, forms, and weapons (2020)
- WKC World Champion in point sparring (2019)
- Earned her Second-Degree Black Belt (2019)
- 2 National Titles
Sensei Maeve is currently attending De La Salle High School and primarily enjoys art class. In her free time, Sensei Maeve enjoys cooking, baking, drawing, and painting.