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(Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Road)

Word of the Month: Excellence

Excellence is a word that sounds like a destination. But it’s not. It’s a process, an evolution. At Douvris Martial Arts we believe that pushing ourselves every day to be better than the day before is what will help us become the best we can be.

“When we’re talking about excellence, we’re really talking about effort,” Sensei Cody Diesbourg explains. “You don’t have to be the best at what you’re doing yet, but if you put in the effort that’s where you’re going to get to.”

In class we often ask our kids what kind of effort they need to put into their karate. The right answer is “Black Belt Effort”, and we want them to yell it out convincingly. The idea is to make it clear to them that they shouldn’t be looking to stay at whatever level they are now, but to show the kind of effort that will lead them to where they want to be.

“When we see black belts give to us or show us what it takes to be a black belt,” Sensei Cody adds, “then that really pushes us to push ourselves and have that effort in class to strive to be that black belt, to get to that next level.”

To help our students stay focused and motivated we use short-term and medium-term goals, as well as the long-term goal of becoming a black belt. Our curriculum is organized by belt level, and each one is further divided into smaller levels. When students achieve a particular level, they get a stripe on their belt to indicate that they’re ready to move on to the next step – until they are ready to test for their next belt. This not only helps children stay the course, but it also teaches them the importance of setting goals and of dividing big goals into small, manageable chunks – and that’s a lesson they can apply to other aspects of their lives.

What happens once you get your black belt? “The story’s not over,” Sensei Cody says. “That’s when you have to set your new goals. At Douvris Martial Arts we always teach our students that when you achieve your goals, there are other things out there that you can go for. And really the effort and the time you put in and everything you put into your classes, is where you’re going to achieve that excellence.”

- 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.

Our Karate Programs

We have karate programs for all ages and fitness levels.

Karate Tykes

Our karate tykes program guides kids ages 4-6 through basic karate techniques and provides the foundation for important life skills.

Karate Kids

Our Kids program is keeps children aged 7 to 12 active and helps balance & co-ordination, concentration, and self-discipline.

Karate Youth

Our Youth program is designed for teens 13-18 years of age. It is a complete approach to training in the martial arts.

Karate Adult

Join our Adult program to improve fitness levels, learn self-defense techniques, increase confidence, and feel empowered.

Karate Trial Offer

Our Karate Trial Offer includes two classes and a new uniform for $19.95. It is valid for anyone aged 4 through adult. Our Karate Trial Offer is available at all of our Ottawa locations.

Douvris News

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.

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Bully Buster Workshop

August 29, 2019

Join us for a FREE Bully Buster Workshop on Saturday, September 28th at our Bank Street location.

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September Book Club

August 29, 2019

This September our Book Club will be reading Arushan and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. Join us on Saturday Sept 21, 5-7pm.

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Celebrating 35 Years of Martial Arts Excellence

August 29, 2019

Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for our 35th anniversary ceremony! Yes, there will be cake!

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Kids Kicking Cancer City Chase

August 29, 2019

Join the City Chase Rush on Saturday, September 14th for an AMAZING RACE style part-obstacle course part-scavenger hunt in support of Kids Kicking Cancer!

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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

Bully Buster Workshop

August 29, 2019

Join us for a FREE Bully Buster Workshop on Saturday, September 28th at our Bank Street location.

Read More

September Book Club

August 29, 2019

This September our Book Club will be reading Arushan and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi. Join us on Saturday Sept 21, 5-7pm.

Read More

Celebrating 35 Years of Martial Arts Excellence

August 29, 2019

Join us on Saturday, October 26, 2019 for our 35th anniversary ceremony! Yes, there will be cake!

Read More

Kids Kicking Cancer City Chase

August 29, 2019

Join the City Chase Rush on Saturday, September 14th for an AMAZING RACE style part-obstacle course part-scavenger hunt in support of Kids Kicking Cancer!

Read More

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