Character Development

Karate with Character

DOUVRIS Martial Arts strongly believes in developing the character of our students along with the martial arts skills we teach them. The Striving 4 Excellence character development program was developed with over 30 years experience in teaching children respect, confidence and self-discipline. Striving 4 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.  Through study of this workbook and mindful application at home, school, and dojo, children will be able to further develop the character and qualities for life success.

How does it all work?

Each month we focus on a new "Word of the Month", from the Striving 4 Excellence Workbook.

For our Karate Tykes program (ages 4-6 years), each member receives a colouring book with examples of how to practice the Word of the Month and an illustration of the word in action. The Karate Kids Workbook for kids 7-12 years old, features a summary of the Word of the Month along with examples of practical situations children would face in their lives, where they can apply their understanding.

During each class, our instructors talk about the meaning of the word of the month and give students real-life examples of how they have used the word of the month in their daily life.

Douvris kids share how they use the word of the month


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Sample from our Word of the Month Workbook

character development Striving for Excellence, workbook sample

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Our Character Development Goal

The goal of our the Striving 4 Excellence program is to not only give our students the skills to become our future generation’s leaders but to also show them the great advantages that leadership, sportsmanship, gratitude and charity work will give them to achieve their goals throughout life. The Striving 4 Excellence program is what sets DOUVRIS Martial Arts apart from other Ottawa martial arts schools as we believe in creating leaders and developing life skills, along with learning proper karate technique. Training at DOUVRIS Martial Arts is about Striving 4 Excellence not only as a martial artist but more importantly, as a person.

Try us today

If you are interested in learning more about our character development program, please feel free to sign up for our trial offer or contact us, or call us at 613-234-5000613-234-5000!

what our members say...

“This is about Douvris Westboro and I think the club is great, the staff is the best. I am very honored to be trained by 2 great karate champions. My children started to attend programs when Westboro club was only 2 years old and we are there ever since.”
“Our kid used to get bullied, and has never recurred since signing up. But the real benefit is that our child can now concentrate on school, not the negative environment associated with lunch hr or outside play. Brilliant, different kid since day 1.”

Douvris News

Pink Army Results

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Thank you to everyone who participated and donated for this amazing cause! We’re happy to say that we have raised $3,300!!   This will be going directly to the Breast Cancer Foundation – thank you!

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Think Pink

October 1, 2018

This OCTOBER join the DMA PINK ARMY!

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New Douvris Shop

October 1, 2018

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Douvris online Shop! Come check it out! Douvris Shop

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Word of the Month: Focus

September 1, 2018

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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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

Try a fitness class of your choice for $9.95. This includes any of our Total Body Training (TBT) program classes offered at your particular dojo.

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