Senseis Martina & Sebastian and their team are members of the Barrhaven community and leaders in karate.
Sensei Martina Couture
Sensei Martina began training with Douvris Martial Arts in 2010, alongside sons Sebastian and Niko (who she is pictured with on the left). She received her black belt in 2015 and began competing shortly after. She earned her 2nd degree black belt in 2018. For many years she was the Douvris Competition Team manager, which competes in tournaments all over the world. After both Seb and Niko won multiple gold medals representing Canada, Sensei Martina was inspired to earn her spot on the National team. She brought home a gold and 2 bronze medals for Canada at the 2015 WKC World Championship in Orlando, 3 silver medals at the 2016 WKC World Championship in Dublin and a Gold medal at the Canadian National Championship 2017.
Sensei Martina is a certified Canfitpro Canada Personal Training Specialist and NCCP Level-2 Certified Coach
When Martina is not training or competing, she works as a residential counsellor for individuals with disabilities.
Sensei Sebastian Couture
Sensei Sebastian has always had a passion for helping others achieve their goals and aspirations in martial arts and physical health. He has been teaching for over ten years and has worked his way up the ranks to head instructor of the highly successful Douvris Barrhaven Dojo. Whether it be helping young karate tykes, teens and adults looking to learn something new, competitive athletes or people with special needs Sensei Sebastian can do it all.
Sensei Sebastian is a certified Can Fit Pro Canada Personal training specialist and Douvris martial arts head fitness trainer. He has taken a huge passion in fitness and physical health over the last couple years and has dedicated the majority of his free time into learning more and growing his knowledge in fitness training. He has worked with competitive sports teams, fitness beginners and fitness enthusiasts. He offers personal training sessions, groups training sessions, competitive and elite training for athletes and he is the head trainer for the Douvris Barrhaven TBT fitness program.
For free time, Sensei Sebastian enjoys riding his motorcycle and travelling.
Sensei Megan Bowman
Sensei Megan started learning karate in 2012, later that year she started competing. Sensei Megan has been competing internationally since 2013 and finished consistently on the podium. She represented Team Canada on the WKC circuit from 2013-2017, represented team Ontario on the WKF circuit for the past two years. She has also competed on other circuits, such as NASKA, NMAC, USKSF, and more. She has amassed over a hundred top 3 placings, most notably in WKC with: 19 Gold, 13 Silver, & 10 Bronze.
Sensei Megan achieved black belt status in 2016 and acquired her Nidan (2nd degree) in 2018. She has trained in many different styles of martial arts; karate, kempo, kickboxing, kung fu, and wushu. She has also trained in various different weapons, however, she prefers the bo staff, both the traditional and the sport martial style. Sensei Megan specializes in forms and weapons.
Sensei Megan recently acquired her NCCP Level 2: Karate Competition Introduction Certified Coach. She is studying at Carleton University for an Honours Bachelor in Developmental Psychology with a minor in disability studies.
Outside of karate, Sensei Megan enjoys horseback riding, which she has competed in, photography, and reading. Previously she competed internationally in soccer and performed across Ottawa with a dance troupe.
Sensei Cody Diesbourg
Sensei Cody Diesbourg is a fourth-degree black belt and multi-time world champion in fighting, Kata, and weapons. Sensei Cody has extensive experience in teaching group lessons, private instruction, seminars, instructor colleges, and day camps.
Sensei Cody began his Martial Arts training in 1992, began competing in 1995, and has been teaching since 1997. His Martial Arts awards are numerous. He competed in the North American Sport Karate Association for seven years, consistently placing top three in all of his divisions. He has a total of 25 years of international competition experience with over 40 medals across all disciplines.
Sensei Cody continues to spread his knowledge and share his passion with students from all across the globe. He's currently a top instructor at the Douvris Barrhaven, Bank St and OAC locations. Previously, Sensei Cody has taught across Canada and has run successful schools in Alberta and Southern Ontario. He is also the acting WKC Alberta Director and commissionaire. Sensei Cody is best known for his energy and infectious enthusiasm he brings to every class! With his exceptional competitive and teaching resume, we are fortunate to have him!
Sensei Robbie Lavoie
Sensei Robbie Lavoie started Karate in 1991 when he began studying and learning the Martial Art. Through the years he has been teaching and passing the knowledge down to students of all ages and backgrounds.
In the past, Sensei Robbie has taught nationally and internationally. He previously taught at a world-renown Dojo in Southern California, owned and operated by World Champion Raymond Daniels. He has also had the privilege of teaching high-level seminars worldwide across multiple continents.
Since he was young, Sensei Robbie has competed in the sport he loves. At just the young age of 10, Sensei Robbie accomplished his goal of winning a World Title. That was only the beginning, Sensei Robbie has gone on to win every major Sport Karate Competition there is. He has competed for the world's top Sport Karate teams, including the USA All-Star Team, Team Canada and much more! To this day, Sensei Robbie leads by example and still competes at the highest level and is a great role model for young competitors coming up.
Outside of the martial arts, Sensei Robbie enjoys sports and athletics as well as travelling and hanging out with family and friends.
Sensei Subhadra Shrestha
Sensei Subhadra Shrestha, 4th Degree Black Belt. Born in Nepal, Sensei Suba currently lives in Ottawa, Canada and joined Douvris Martial Arts several years ago as an instructor, world class kata coach and prestigious national and international competitor.
Sensei Suba's Martial Arts accomplishments on the world stage are very impressive to say the least. Sensei Suba has represented Nepal, Canada and other Sponsored International Teams. She has succeeded on all levels and has won some of the most prestigious Karate tournaments out there.
Sensei Suba is the definition of a fantastic Martial Artist. She is highly skilled but also very humble, dedicated and respectable. Growing up and training in Nepal has given Sensei Suba a unique skill set and level of knowledge that separates her from the rest. On top of this, Sensei Suba is fantastic at sharing her knowledge and working with the students at Douvris Barrhaven and Douvris Bank Street.
Sensei Mo Alaidie
Sensei Mo began his Martial Arts journey at the age of 4. Since a young age, Martial Arts has always interested Sensei Mo. After discovering many different styles and disciplines, he chose Karate as his main focus and never looked back. Sensei Mo joined the Douvris Barrhaven Team when he was 13 years old. After a few more years of vigorous training and adapting to the Douvris Curriculum, he earned his full black belt. Going forward, Sensei Mo set his ambitions high and started competing in the Art he loved. His competitive career is still fresh and young but looks very promising. After only a year of competitive training, Sensei Mo has competed alongside some of the best in Canada and also was selected to represent Team Ontario at the 2018 Karate National Championship. Currently Sensei Mo is an assistant instructor and is beloved by all students.
QUOTE: “You cannot train through words, you must learn through your body” Gichin Funakoshi
Sensei Tim Noah
Sensei Tim Noah is a 2nd-degree black belt. He started at Greco Martial Arts, at the age of 7 where he was taught by Tony Greco. 6 years later, Tim got his black belt and has been teaching ever since. Katas and Self Defense have always sparked an interest in Tim, breaking katas down to what each move is doing and thinking about what can be done in a majority of situations.
Sensei Tim has always tried to pass knowledge on to any student willing to learn. By passing on knowledge on, we also learn to see techniques in a different light. Tim is excited to start into the competition scene.
Outside of karate, Sensei Tim enjoys snowboarding, building computers, and socializing with friends.
Outside of the dojo, Tim also volunteers his time with Kids Kicking Cancer, where he has become a part of the family to help out those who wish to learn Karate to help with pain and overcoming fear.