Gokor Chivichyan

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Gokor Chivichyan
Born Գոքոր Չիվիչյան
(1963-05-10) May 10, 1963 (age 51)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Residence North Hollywood, California
Nationality Armenian
Style Sambo, Judo, Jujutsu
Rank 9th Degree Black Belt In Judo (USJJF)[1]
6th Degree Black Belt and 1st Razryad Grand Master In Sambo
6th Degree Black Belt In Jujutsu
Master of sports in Wrestling
Occupation Trainer, Fighter
Notable students Karo Parisyan, Manvel Gamburyan, Ronda Rousey, Karen Darabedyan, Sako Chivitchian, Roman Mitichyan, Neil Melanson, Tony Halme

Gokor Chivichyan (Armenian: Գոքոր Չիվիչյան; born 1963) is an Armenian Judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts instructor. Chivichyan currently trains professional and amateur fighters at the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood. Chivichyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia.

Chivichyan began his training as a young child in Soviet Armenia, winning many national and international junior titles in Judo, Sambo, and wrestling. At the age of 17, Chivichyan relocated to Los Angeles, where he continued his training in no-gi submission grappling under Gene LeBell, a famous catch wrestler and America's first Judo champion.[2]

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Chivichyan traveled and competed in the Soviet Union and throughout Europe, Japan, Thailand, and Mexico. He amassed a record of over 400 wins and no losses over a career of competing in Sambo, Judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts.[citation needed] With the opening of the Hayastan Academy in 1991, Gokor retired from professional fighting, undefeated, and focused his time on teaching.

In 1997, Chivichyan came out of retirement to win a superfight organized by the World Fighting Federation. In 1998, he was named by Black Belt Magazine “Judo Instructor of the Year” and received the prestigious “Hall of Fame” spot. Since then he has produced in his school a new generation of fighters, such as Manvel Gamburyan, Sako Chivitchian, Karen Darabedyan, Roman Mitichyan, Ronda Rousey, and Karo Parisyan, who have competed in the arena of the UFC, WEC, King of the Cage, Olympic and all National Judo Championships.

In February 2005, the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (ISJJF) awarded him the rank of 7th dan in judo.[3] Some popular Internet sites and forums refer to him as 9th dan in judo, but none of them identify the awarding organization. It is highly unlikely that such a high rank would have been awarded by a judo federation, given that today Chivichyan is still at least 20 years too young for such a high rank, that the minimal time-in-grade between 8th and 9th dan already varies between at least 14–21 years, and that this also would require superior knowledge of judo kata, lasting commitment to teaching judo, and extensive service to judo (not MMA or sambo) since his last rank promotion.

To the great surprise of many, Chivichyan competed again at the 2008 USJA/USJF Winter Nationals, the first National Judo Championship endorsed by both organizations.[4] Chivichyan allegedly arrived unprepared for competition and without his gi; he was there to coach his team, which went on to win the overall tournament award with more gold medals than any other team. After being presented with a gi and heckled by tournament organizers and other coaches, however, Chivichyan agreed to participate. Competing with a pre-existing groin injury, he severely re-pulled his groin muscle in the first match (which he won), resulting in a voluntary forfeiture of his 2nd match. Due to the double elimination rules, he was allowed to continue after a brief break. Chivichyan agreed to continue and went on to defeat all of his opponents. He took Gold after defeating Gary Butts by uchi mata in the finals.[5]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win Bill Maeda Submission (armbar) WFF - World Fighting Federation February 24, 1997 1 0:50 Birmingham, Alabama United states


  1. ^ "Gokor Chivichyan - Southern California Representative". United States Ju-Jitsu Federation. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  2. ^ ResuMMA.com - Interview with Gokor Chivichyan
  3. ^ "Gokor Chivichyan - Southern California Representative". United States Ju-Jitsu Federation. 2010-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-08. 
  4. ^ United States Judo Association homepage
  5. ^ "Gokor Chivichyan and Gary Butts Winter Nationals 08". YouTube. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 

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