Karate Philosophy

Karate is a system of unarmed combat deriving from 17th century Okinawa and modernized in the 1920s. Practitioners train both mentally and physically to use their hands and feet to deliver and block strikes. It is a system of movement that develops kinetic and psychological skills to evade or defend.

What distinguishes karate from other martial arts is the use of forms, or “kata” that encompass a choreographed set of actions and reactions to combat. Katas are critically helpful in improving focus, concentration, memory, and reaction time.

DOUVRIS is particularly committed to the karate philosophy. The father of modern karate, Gichin Funakoshi, called karate “inwardly humble and outwardly gentle”, with the goal to “never be easily drawn into a fight”.

We believe in the tenets of karate and the power of kinship to develop healthy, more successful, and productive individuals. We are committed to helping our members build confidence, strength, and a positive sense of physical and mental well-being.

Find out how you can incorporate the karate philosophy into your life. Contact us today.

what our members say...

“I was really surprised by how much fun my daughter was having. She’s learning about respect while gaining confidence and staying active. I think it’s a fantastic activity for kids to get involved in.”— Alan Dean, parent
“Douvris Bank Street is fantastic. Our experience with Sensei Cody is priceless. Cathy’s friendliness, attention to detail approachability and professionalism is a huge asset.”

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Team Douvris is currently representing Team Canada this week at the 2019 WKC World Championships in Niagara Falls, New York.

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Team Douvris at World’s

November 5, 2019

Team Douvris is currently representing Team Canada this week at the 2019 WKC World Championships in Niagara Falls, New York.

Read More

In-House Tournament

November 5, 2019

Compete against Douvris dojos from across the city at our Douvris In House Tournament!

Read More

Pink Army – Results

November 5, 2019

Wow!! A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated for our Pink Army Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve currently raised a total of $6,145!

Read More

Word of the Month: Self-Discipline

November 1, 2019

Self-discipline helps us do the work we need to do. It helps us get up in the morning…

Read More

WKC World Championships 2019

October 30, 2019

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

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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.

Kickboxing Trial Offer

Our Total Body Training kickboxing fitness trial offer includes a 3 Class Pass for $19.95. This offer is available at 6 of our Ottawa TBT training facilities.

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