The owner of an Ottawa martial arts dojo has lost her franchise rights following revelations that her school-teacher’s certificate was revoked last year after the Ontario College of Teachers ruled she had emotionally and sexually abused a student.
Douvris Martial Arts issued a statement to parents this week notifying them that it has severed its relationship with Carmel Rouhani of the Barrhaven Douvris Martial Arts franchise.
“Information has arisen which Ms. Rouhani failed to disclose at the beginning of her relationship with Douvris Martial Arts, and therefore, we are terminating our relationship with Ms. Rouhani,” the statement said. “Further, she has been advised not to have contact directly or indirectly with Douvris Martial Arts students. Martial Arts classes at the Barrhaven location are currently being taught by other Douvris instructors.”
Rouhani, 29, earned a bronze medal at the 2014 World Karate and Kickboxing Commission World Championships. She purchased the Barrhaven franchise in 2014.
Repeated messages seeking her comment Tuesday and Wednesday were not returned.