About Us

We offer the full suite of Douvris Martial Arts and Fitness programs.

Our Kids Martial Arts programs are:

  • Karate Tykes (4-6 years old)
  • Karate Youth (7-13 Years old)
  • Athletic Conditioning.

Our Adult Fitness and Martial Arts programs are:

  • Cardio Kickboxing
  • Adult Karate
Sensei Kirk's Team also offers specialized strengthening and conditioning classes to amateurs and professional athletes. Increase your reflexes, flexibility, speed and stamina.

Discover your full potential!

Sensei Kirk Kelly Fifth Degree Black Belt

I became interested in Karate when I passed by the Douvris Martial Arts booth at the Ottawa Exhibition in 1987 and signed up for their introductory course. I achieved my Black Belt in 1990 and obtained my Fourth Degree in May 2008 from Master Sensei John Douvris. The Martial Artists that impressed me were Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris. I have always enjoyed teaching Karate and when the opportunity came up to run my own school, I acted quickly and have been living my dream for the past twelve years. I have been told that not only am I running a Martial Arts School, it is also a Community Centre as many Alymerites have been introduced here.

I enjoy meeting new people and their families and watching my students achieve their goals. I have made true friendships with many students who are now helping me maintain the high standards of the school. I have instructed students in the past that are now currently living their own dreams of competing in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Events. The reason I stayed with Karate over the many other sports I competed in was because of the discipline and its benefits such as strength, endurance, balance, stamina, flexibility, concentration and focus. I am blessed to have a family that also shares my love and passion for Karate. They train and teach with me now.

Sensei Evan O'Byrne Fourth Degree Black Belt

I was first exposed to martial arts when two of my brothers joined Douvris Martial Arts when I was young. Soon after my two other brothers also joined. Since all four of my brothers had joined Karate I decided that I would also try. Since then, all five of us have achieved our Black Belts as well as my mother who joined soon after me.

After reaching my Black Belt I discovered how great helping and teaching karate is. I started teaching many Karate classes and eventually also joined the Cardio Kickboxing classes which I also ended up teaching after some time taking part in them. Since

I enjoy teaching which makes me continuously learn more in the art of Karate and Martial Arts as a whole. I also enjoy meeting new people and watching them evolve throughout their Martial Arts learning. The Martial Arts are more than just a hobby. They are a way of life.

evan@douvrisaylmer.com

Sensei DD (Margaret) Kelly Second Degree Black Belt

Sensei DD has practiced karate since 2008 and is a 2nd-degree Black Belt. She is proud that all four of her children also practice karate.

In addition to being a DOUVRIS instructor, Sensei DD provides karate training for DOUVRIS Gatineau-Aylmer’s local elementary school programs, March Break camp, and summer camps. She is a member of the DOUVRIS demonstration team and volunteers for fundraisers for organizations such as CHEO, MIRA Foundation, Foundation Jasmin Roy, and Alzheimer’s Association.

Kindness and respect are important to Sensei DD. She considers DOUVRIS Gatineau-Aylmer her second home and warmly welcomes the members of her community. She revels in the family environment that she and Sensei Kirk nurture at the dojo, and loves watching families bond through the practice of karate and seeing students thrive as their confidence builds.

Sensei Julie Houle Second Degree Black Belt

Sensei Julie has practiced karate since 2008 and is a 2nd-degree Black Belt.

She is a member of the DOUVRIS demonstration team and is an instructor for the local elementary school programs. A passionate volunteer, Sensei Julie donates her time to raise funds for organizations such as CHEO, MIRA Foundation, Foundation Jasmin Roy, and Alzheimer’s Association.

Before focusing on karate, she played baseball and won a number of league trophies.

Sensei Julie considers it a privilege to share her knowledge with DOUVRIS students and provide mentorship throughout their karate journey.