I took his Intro to Karate class in 1982, then later took his Self Defense course before joining the Dawson Karate Club, and continued studying martial arts for decades afterwards. I consider him a man of great honor, and owe him much for how I turned out. I wish his all the best in his well deserved retirement - he was my greatest teacher during my years at Dawson.
seems to have tons of stories to tell. Not very good at self defense. If u really want to learn martial art,dnt go with him. spent hours to talk only on how we should be an extraordinary person!:S
a nice man but I was a bit disapointed wit self defense. He spends 1st month talking then u learn a few gud defense tactics. If u want n intense class dnt take it..it's rly a beginners class.
Because of this man I became a better person. I learned what it meant to work hard and do well once again. Amazing teacher to have, Donivan knows how get the best out of his students. High reccomend
He is not a bad teacher. He teaches very well and very helpful. Sensi Donivan is a very simple man who just demands hard work because he wants his students to do well. I reccomend him
Takes himself too seriously. He thinks he is more important than everyone else. He is very boring.
Deep Respect for this man. At times a little off the wall, but still amazing. Take him!
before i took his course, i thought people like him we're a myth: a real samourai, in dawson college! if you show some discipline, you'll get a good mark easily. he's very serious tho
Sensei Donivan taught me my first martial art move in1990 at Dawson College. 17 years and five styles later he is still the best teacher for me at that time. Imposing? Imagine him at 30. From China
makes u take 12h of martial arts outside his class... likes to embariss students, doesnt talk nicely to students, if he doesnt like u from the beg he never will so just drop it...
Awsome teacher! I liked his self defense class! It wasn't bad at all! Nice man! Take him, you won't regret it!
Great teacher. I wasn't too excited about karate, but he made the whole thing pretty cool! I strongly recommand him!
if you hate gym class and don't actually want to be very physical then choose Donivan. For the first half of the semester all you do is listen to him talk, though he's not really saying much.
I find that he is a hard marker, beacuse I was one of the 2 best in his class and he gave me an 80. IT is true that you must show respect and discipline, He is intelligent and approachable.
Nice guy, makes you do skill tests with other people so there's not too much pressure on you. The class seemed scary out first, but it turned out being a lot of fun.
Good overall teacher, not very demanding if you always show up for class, not hard work either, max 4 assignments the entire semester and 1 test, And Yes, Ninjas Have attacked a Class! I'm Not Joking
He knows his stuff man. He's a really good educator, doesn't waste time and earns respect fast. Don't tell him you didn't vote though.
Best gym teacher I've ever had. Monotnous, yet very accommodating & understanding. Skill tests in Karatedo were hard. Just try to memorize all of the moves and you should be fine.
Excellent teacher! I took his karatedo class in my first semester. He makes sure that you understand and he wont start something new until you understand. He makes his class fun so you dont want to miss any of them. He's a very funny guy and a great teacher.
take him, i took him in self defense course and the average of the class is 80+, of course everyone pass, and there r some 95+
This teach beat up the world. If your an actual martial artist do not take this course. everyone else enjoy easy grades easy pass jsut be prepared to learn more about his personal biography (which is oddly like eveyr major martial art film out there)
talks alot for a gym teacher...dont recommand unless you like not actually doing physical activity, plus hes annoying
Donivan was a pretty good teacher when I had him (Karate-104). He can be pretty quirky, and is big on discipline. I didn't mind cleaning the floor. He's a cool guy though. Sometimes he acts like he expects you to read his mind, which can get uncomfortable. I'm in his Karate club and have been there for four semesters so far (including the summer semester). In the end, I have much respect for this man.
GREAT teacher, made gym the only good part of my week! Talks a lot, but really nice, interesting, and once you actually GET to boxing and self-defence, the class is a lot of fun.
He has good character, quite experienced in different forms of martial arts (no kidding), learned interesting stuff in his combative activities course--> good class to learn from, average difficulty and the man loves discipline
He's a real character...to say the least. Not that it's a bad thing through. He's kind of like one of those gym teachers in movies from the 50's. But if you take him with a grain of salt, then he's really funny. Also, his class is good.
i hated his class in the beginning (boring lectures, he seemed to like telling us the most horrific stories of violence as if they were zen fables or something) but in the end, he had respect for us, i actually learned things and liked the class.
self-righteous, boring, annoying. lectured for the first half of semester, and was the only gym class i have seen people fall asleep in!! SO BORING! I do not recommend this class.
nice,funny. but only talked 4 the 1st 2 weeks. only gets fun/active at end of course. not hard but not easiest. particip.40% final 20% assignments 10% each.
he is very nice ! hwoever, it gets somehow boring at times and warning you clean the floor. but he is a great teacher and very apporachable. I recomend him
Hes an intersting person-to say the least. Theres not much work but its hard to get over an 85% with him.
I took his Karate class and then had him again in the acctual Karate club I have nothing but respect for this man.
Humourous, fun and sensitive to your needs, as long as you put effort, attend class and show considerable respect. Fair. Even lovable.
really nice, a bit of hard excercise.. but easy marks
Just a thought, he was world champion hard contact fighter. He's easy, just do the small amount of work he gives & u'll have great marks.
I LOVE THIS GUY,HE IS THE BEST,SO EASY,FUN,AND U LEARN A LOT,TAKE HIM,U WONT REGRET IT,FORSURE CLEANIGNT HE FLOOR SUX,BUT HEY ITS AN AMAZING CLASS,NO H/W!!!!!!!
Living nightmare! doesn't understand his students!, easy to pass his class though, tests are easy, lots of workout!!
SO ANNOYING! he thinks he's funny...so boring..so repetitive...thinks he's grand master sensei of the world...Esy to do well though
had him for combative activities and his class is easy only have one assignment to do and then just show up for class and do nothing,he's an easy marker.By:Roy
his lectures are boring but also humourous. he has interesting life stories and the lessons you can learn may come in handy one day. he made me enjoy gym class
unfair marker, funny guy, very easy class, you never sweat
great teacher once you get to know him, funny, great stories...
Very funny guy once you get to know him and his quirks.