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Word of the Month: Confidence

Confidence is believing in yourself. It is a crucial part of every person’s character development, and a key building block for a happy, successful life. At Douvris Martial Arts we believe that with the right approach to teaching karate, everyone can increase their confidence.

As Sensei Cody Diesbourg explains, every new member that walks through our doors shows confidence. “Whether they’re a little bit uncomfortable or nervous about starting, they’re showing confidence just by coming into the dojo.”


That feeling of being slightly uncomfortable in a new situation or when learning a new skill, it turns out, is what helps us grow and become more confident. “Whether or not you excel at it right away,” Sensei Cody says, “or there’s something for you to work on, you can build that skill – on your own or with other people – and actually come back and try it again and show how much confidence you’ve gained just by practicing.”

word of the month: confidenceOur curriculum is designed to put students in situations that are just a little outside their comfort zone on a regular basis, so they are constantly working on their skills. It doesn’t take very long for them to start showing signs of increased confidence – they stand up tall, their shoulders are straight, they look you in the eye as they talk to you. These are all habits we encourage, along with the ability to speak clearly and loudly enough for the whole group to hear.

And when they are ready for a bigger challenge, we put our more advanced students in charge of teaching lower belts some of the techniques they know. Teaching experience gives our students a great boost in confidence, but it also makes them realize that they, in turn, can help younger or less experienced students gain confidence with the right teaching techniques and positive reinforcement.

“There are so many great cases here where we’ve seen our students become teachers and even become leaders – not just here at the dojo, but in their outside life as well, at school, at work – we have a lot of members, and a lot of younger members who seem older just because of their confidence and their maturity, taking it out of the dojo and basically showing everyone out there how confident they can be,” Sensei Cody says.

Give your child the confidence to say “I CAN” and make the next school year a success.

The DOUVRIS Confidence course teaches children what confidence is and how they can experience being confident. The Confidence Course is a 6-week karate program aimed at instilling self-confidence while staying healthy and active!

Each student receives a confidence course booklet to help them understand how to be and feel confident. The booklet contains questions, examples and fill in the blank statements to help them recognize and celebrate their accomplishments.

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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 Adults

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

Douvris News

Summer Camps 2019

July 31, 2019

Join us this summer for our karate summer camps!!

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Kick Your Friends Into Gear

July 31, 2019

Here’s your chance to get your friends into class with you AND win some great prizes!

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Word of the Month: Honesty

July 31, 2019

You are only ever as good as your word, and that’s why honesty is a critical part of our character development program.

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Word of the Month: Confidence

July 1, 2019

At Douvris Martial Arts we believe that with the right approach to teaching karate, everyone can increase their confidence…

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There’s a New World Class Martial Arts Team in town!

June 24, 2019

DOUVRIS MARTIAL ARTS , John N Douvris and Luis Alberto Morales are proud to announce our NEW world class competitive martial arts team…

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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 4 of our Ottawa TBT training facilities.

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