DOUVRIS OAC has an approach to karate, fitness, and leadership that is unique in the region.
Master Sensei Peter, Sensei Nick, and their team are members of the Ottawa community and leaders in karate.
Master Sensei Peter Douvris
Master Sensei Peter Douvris is a beloved mentor and co-founder of DOUVRIS.
Master Peter’s enthusiasm for sport began at a young age. As a competitive soccer player and swimmer, he embraces the role fitness and competition play in our lives. His martial arts training began with judo in 1972.
His enthusiasm for karate, fitness, and building leadership skills in student of all ages makes him an integral member of the karate community. He is a chief karate and cardio kickboxing Instructor for DOUVRIS, which he co-founded in 1984 with his brother, John Douvris.
Master Peter is a highly-decorated karate champion and advocate of the sport. His accomplishments include:
- Co-host of IAKSA World Championships, 1995
- Canadian Vice President of World Karate Association (WKA) Ontario, 1999
- Canadian National Karate Team Coach, 1998-present
- Vice President of the World Karate & Kickboxing Commission (WKC)
- Co-organizer of Kicks for Heart Cardio-A-Thon Annual Fundraiser for Heart and Stroke Foundation, 2013-present
Master Peter Douvris holds a 7th-degree Black Belt from the WKC and a 1st-degree Black Belt from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF).
In addition to co-organizing the Heart and Stroke Foundation Kicks for Heart Cardio-A-Thon Annual Fundraiser, Master Peter is an active participant in fundraising efforts for community and charitable organizations such as the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Ottawa chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. He has raised over $60,000 for these charities.
Sensei Nick Douvris
Sensei Nick has practiced karate since 1992, training with his father, Master Sensei John Douvris, and his uncle, Master Sensei Peter Douvris. He was selected for the 2012 WKC Canadian National Karate Team and is a WKC referee.
In addition to karate, he also enjoys boxing, kickboxing, weight training, and hockey. He played junior hockey in Granby, Quebec and actively participated in the minor hockey association and community events. He also participates in Kicks for Heart, a fundraiser created by DOUVRIS to support the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Sensei Nick’s favorite thing about being a DOUVRIS karate Ottawa instructor is working with young members to help improve their karate skills and seeing them reach their potential.
Sensei Nic Douvris
Sensei Nic started karate in 2006 at the age of 8, training with his dad Sensei Peter and his Uncle Master John. He is a black belt. He started teaching when he was 13, and has been a regular instructor since 2015.
He competed in a few tournaments as part of Team Douvris including the 2012 Provincials. He is a WKC referee and has judged at the Canadian Nationals as well as other tournaments. Along with karate, Sensei Nic also played hockey, soccer and was a member of his high school rugby team.
Karate is a key aspect of Sensei Nic’s life. He likes to push his students to bring out their best. His favourite part of teaching is watching his students improve and earn new belts. The best feeling to Nic is the feeling that he gets knowing that he contributed to their success.
He is currently balancing his studies at Algonquin College with karate. He always works his hardest to excel in school.
Sensei Jack Oliviero
Sensei Jack is a 2nd-degree Black Belt who started studying Karate in 2000, at the age of 4. He has been teaching with DOUVRIS since 2008. Through competition, Sensei Jack has been able to travel internationally and find success at the biggest world karate tournaments. His is a two-time World Title holder and has won multiple provincial and national championships.
Sensei Jack is an example of the leadership skills gained through karate translate into all aspects of life, as he was student council president at his high school. He also demonstrates the importance of discipline, as he currently balances karate with his studies at Carleton University.