Gokor Chivichyan

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Gokor Chivichyan
BornԳոքոր Չիվիչյան
(1963-05-10) May 10, 1963 (age 60)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceNorth Hollywood, California
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Rank7th degree black belt In judo[1]
9th dan black belt in Kyokushin Budokai[2]
2nd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu[3]
Mixed martial arts record
By submission1
Other information
OccupationMartial artist, trainer
Notable relativesGary Chivichyan, son
Notable studentsRonda Rousey, Karo Parisyan, Manvel Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Sako Chivitchian, Roman Mitichyan, Neil Melanson, Tony Halme
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gokor Grigor Chivichyan[4][5] (Armenian: Գոքոր Չիվիչյան; born May 10, 1963) is an Armenian-American martial artist and trainer in judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts. Chivichyan currently trains professional and amateur athletes at Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, California, United States.

Martial arts career[edit]

Chivichyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia and is the youngest of three brothers. Chivichyan began his training as a child in Soviet Armenia, winning national junior titles in judo, sambo, and wrestling.[citation needed] At the age of 17, Chivichyan relocated to Los Angeles, California where he continued his training in catch wrestling and judo under Gene LeBell, a grappler who learned from Lou Thesz and Ed "Strangler" Lewis.[6] Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Chivichyan traveled and competed in the Soviet Union and throughout Europe, Japan, Thailand, and Mexico. After opening the Hayastan Academy in 1991, Chivichyan retired from professional competition.[7]

In 1997, Chivichyan came out of retirement for a bout organized by the World Fighting Federation. His opponent was intended to be Akira Maeda, but the promoters were unable to sign him and instead matched Chivichyan against Bill Maeda, who was dubbed "Mr. Maeda". Chivichyan submitted Maeda via armbar in 50 seconds.[7]

Black Belt Magazine named Chivichyan the “Judo Instructor of the Year” in 1997 and inducted him into their hall of fame.[8][1] Since then, his school has produced fighters such as Manvel Gamburyan, Sako Chivitchian, Neil Melanson, Karen Darabedyan, Roman Mitichyan, Ronda Rousey, and Karo Parisyan, who have competed in the UFC, WEC, King of the Cage, Olympics and national championships.[7][9]

In February 2005, the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (ISJJF) awarded him the rank of 7th dan in judo.[1]

Chivichyan returned to competition at the 2008 USJA-USJF Winter Nationals, the first national judo championship endorsed by both organizations.[10] He competed in the male masters (49 years) middleweight division, winning gold after defeating Gary Butts by uchi mata in the finals.[11][12]

Chivichyan competed at the 2019 IBJJF Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championships in the black belt-heavyweight-master 6 age division. He defeated Van Dyck Oliveira, the only other competitor in his bracket.[4] In August 2019, Chivichyan competed at the IBJJF World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship, winning gold in the black belt-heavyweight-master 6 age division.[5] He finished the year at the SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, where he was the only entrant in the black belt-super heavy-56 year old gi and no-gi divisions.[13]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By submission 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Bill Maeda Submission (armbar) WFF - World Fighting Federation February 24, 1997 1 0:50 Birmingham, Alabama United States


  1. ^ a b c "Gokor Chivichyan - Southern California Representative". United States Ju-Jitsu Federation. 2010-02-09. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
  2. ^ "IBK International Kyokushin Budokai - Blak Belts". International Kyokushin Budokai.
  3. ^ "Certified Black Belts". Certified Black Belts. Retrieved 2023-12-16. Search "Gokor Chivichyan"
  4. ^ a b "Pan IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2019". www.ibjjfdb.com. Retrieved 2023-12-16.
  5. ^ a b "World Master IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2019". www.ibjjfdb.com. Retrieved 2023-12-16.
  6. ^ ResuMMA.com - Interview with Gokor Chivichyan Archived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b c Grant, T. P. (May 11, 2013). "Gods of War: Gokor Chivichyan". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Gokor Chivichyan: The King Of Sport-Sambo Submissions". Black Belt Magazine. May 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2018.[dead link]
  9. ^ Markazi, Arash (October 22, 2010). "Gokor Chivichyan's influence felt". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  10. ^ United States Judo Association homepage
  11. ^ "USJA 2008 Winter Nationals Results, December 6 & 7" (PDF). Goltz Judo. Retrieved August 19, 2018.
  12. ^ "Gokor Chivichyan and Gary Butts Winter Nationals 08". YouTube. 2009-02-09. Archived from the original on 2021-12-19. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  13. ^ "2019 SJJIF World Jiu-Jitsu Championship". www.sjjif.com. Retrieved 2023-12-16.

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