DOUVRIS Kanata has an approach to karate, fitness, and leadership that is unique in the region.
Sensei Massi and his team are members of the Kanata community and leaders in karate.
Sensei Massi Tarakhel
Sensei Massi has practiced martial arts since 1987 and is a 4th Dan Black Belt. His journey began with traditional style kung fu and branched out to include boxing, for which he trained at PanAm Boxing Club.
He joined DOUVRIS in 1997, training with Master Senseis John and Peter Douvris. There, he became a Canadian National Karate Team member and won a number of local and national titles.
Sensei Massi puts his multidisciplinary approach to training to work with his students. His positivity and encouragement commands the respect of his students and draws out their best.
Sensei Sean Code
Sensei Sean has 20 years of martial-arts experience, including karate and judo.
He enjoys teaching boxing, cardio kickboxing, power strike, and athletic conditioning. The breadth of martial-arts insruction at DOUVRIS — sparing, kata, physical fitness with aspects of judo, jujitsu and taekwondo — is something he values because it offers members well-rounded training.
Sensei Sean has played recreational and competitive volleyball for 15 years and held the position of Skip on his curling team.
He is a full-time engineer, hockey dad, and dog owner.
Sensei Meighan Crow
Sensei Meighan has practiced karate since 2007 and is a 2nd-degree Black Belt. A strong competitor, she has placed in the top 3 for her fighting skills at provincial-level competitions for 3 consecutive years. She recently began practicing Aikido as part of her martial arts training.
Being involved with DOUVRIS has helped Sensei Meighan grow in both her karate and personal journies. She works with her students to inspire greater confidence and self-reliance.
Sensei Meighan is an active member of her community. She volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, has organized fundraisers for Ottawa Humane Society, and donated her hair to cancer research. She is also a “link leader” at her high school, a program that helps new Grade 9 students adjust to life in high school. She stays active with swimming, baseball, softball, and long-distance running, including participation in half marathons.
Sensei Rob Edwards
Sensei Rob is passionate about karate and martial arts. He has participated in karate since 1993, and has complemented his karate training with Shotokan, Hakko Denshin Ryu Jujitsu. As a former member of the Canadian National Karate Team (2002), he enjoys instilling his focus and determination to succeed in DOUVRIS students.
He values the opportunities education brings. Along with being a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and University of Ottawa Graduate Admission Scholarship, Sensei Rob holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Religious Studies. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies at University of Ottawa.
Sensei Rob is a volunteer referee at the WKC Canadian National Karate Championship, has taught women’s self-defense classes, and classes focused on non-violent approaches to self defense.
He enjoys his time with DOUVRIS students. He loves to see the improvements in fitness, coordination, and confidence that karate can provide.
Sensei Megan Thorhauge
Sensei Megan has 10 years of karate experience.
Her DOUVRIS colleagues and students are like her family. She eagerly shares her knowledge and excitement for the art of karate with those around her.
She enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and other games with friends. She is an honour-roll student with a love of the arts. Her high school recognized her creativity and artistic ability by presenting her with the “Bard Award” for a large mural she created.