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...

“Douvris is a friendly dojo and there I do not feel judged or under pressure while at classes. The staff is extremely kind and knowledgeable and always ready to help. Other members are also very kind and excellent role models. I have had an excellent experience.”
“Overall excellent club and community. Often inspired to take part. Proud to be a member. I feel I am a stronger person both inside and out. Our family is grateful we found Douvris and we bond as we share our pain and achievements together.”

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

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 4 of our Ottawa TBT training facilities.

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