Word of the Month: Courage

Courage, Aristotle said, is the most important virtue because it guarantees the others. Without the courage to stand up to injustice, a person’s concern for fairness does little good to others. It’s only when we stand up for what’s right in difficult circumstances that we really make a difference.

For us at Douvris Martial Arts, courage means trying new things even if they scare us. And like anything else, courage increases through regular practice. That’s how we help students become brave, by teaching them to push through their limits and improve themselves every day.karate kid doing a push up

“Everyone that steps through these doors takes the first step in showing us their courage,” Sensei Cody Diesbourg explains, adding that it takes guts to launch yourself into a new adventure, even if only to find out whether you like it or not.

Cody explain how Douvris students show courage:

For a lot of us, karate is intimidating at first. It can be difficult to master, even for experienced students. That’s why we say that simply walking in and starting as a white belt, doing something that’s well outside most people’s comfort zone (burpees, anyone?), is already a strong display of courage. But as new students progress through the first basic steps, they need to continue being challenged. Our programs are designed to make students push their limits no matter what belt level they achieve. Everyone, including our black belt instructors, continues to improve their skills, learn new things and reach for goals they thought were beyond their abilities.karate instructor showing stance Furthermore, the life skills we teach our students, such as focus, discipline, respect and patience, also help develop their courage. And when our students display those skills outside the dojo, not kicks and punches but self-control, courtesy and leadership, they use their courage. “The biggest thing about martial arts,” Sensei Cody says, “is that we encourage our students to be themselves” both inside and outside the dojo. “Oftentimes what stops people from trying new things and succeeding is the fear of failing,” he adds. “At Douvris we instill the courage and drive to succeed.”


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

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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: Courage

October 1, 2018

Courage, Aristotle said, is the most important virtue because it guarantees the others…

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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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Stay Safe Workshop

August 29, 2018

Please join us at 1585 Tenth Line Road, Ray Friel Sports Complex on Saturday September 8, 2018 at 2pm. Register for our COMPLEMENTARY Stay Safe Self Defence Workshop by calling us at 613-234-5000.

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WKC Training Camp

August 14, 2018

Training seminar August 18-19, 2018 in Ottawa, featuring Subhadra Shrestha (kata), Michael Bernardo (weapons), Jim Flood (light contact) and Samuel Gagnon (point sparring).

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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.

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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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