The newly established DMA Orleans franchise, is owned and operated by Sensei Ben Clarke, a 3rd degree Black Belt. Founded in 1984, the Douvris name has been synonymous with excellence in karate in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for over 30 years.
Master Sensei John and Master Sensei Peter Douvris opened their first dojo so they could share their enthusiasm for karate with the Ottawa community. They wanted to create a karate school in Ottawa that would provide people of all ages a family-friendly place to gather and train. Today, their philosophy resonates throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and Douvris has grown to nine schools, including: Ottawa South (Headquarters), Orleans, Riverside South, Ottawa East (Ottawa Athletic Club), Westboro, Kanata, Kemptville, Barrhaven and Aylmer. Each school is owned by a former Douvris student(s) who are devoted to cultivating the practice of karate, supporting the pursuit of fitness, fostering kinship and developing leadership among people of all ages.
Sensei Ben began his karate career in 2005 studying with Sensei Domenic and Sensei Fortunato Aversa at Douvris Martial Arts Westboro and then with Master Sensei John and Master Sensei Peter Douvris at Douvris Martial Arts Ottawa South (Headquarters). In addition to instructing at both the Ottawa South and Kemptville locations and attending classes at Carleton University, Sensei Ben has been competing nationally and internationally for six years and has won multiple national, international and WKC World championships in forms, weapons and sport karate point sparring as a junior and adult competitor. Karate is an integral part of life for Sensei Ben. He enjoys teaching, seeing students’ skills and confidence improve, and passing along his passion for the sport to others.