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Bloody Elbow DVD review - Neil Melanson's Catch Wrestling Formula - Bloody Elbow

Neil Melanson has been known for years as one of the most influential and sought-after grappling coaches in the sport, and all of this for very good reason. After years training at Team Hayastan under Gokor Chivichyan, Gene Lebell and Karo Parisyan, he ...

Gods of War: Gokor Chivichyan - Bloody Elbow

Born on May 10th of 1963, in Yerevan, Armeina Gokor Chivivhyan was a fighter right away. By the time he could walk he was picking fights with larger children, and was winning. At age 3 he joined a wrestling school and by age 6 Gokor was also training ...

Xtreme Couture Coach Neil Melanson Favors Physical Style, But There's a Method Behind It - Sherdog.com

A student of Gene LeBell and Gokor Chivichyan, he received his black belt from Karo Parisyan and has trained fighters such as Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort and Gray Maynard. In August, he joined the Sherdog Radio Network's “Rewind” show to discuss his ...

UFC on FX: Mike Easton Vs. Jared Papazian Dissection - Bloody Elbow

Jared "The Jackhammer" Papazian (14-6) is a representative of California's Hayastan Top Team, which was founded by the great Gokor Chivichyan -- a virtual phenom in the arts of Sambo and Judo. The squad is well known for churning out a stable of ...

UFC 129 Interview: Neil Melanson, Randy Couture's Grappling Coach - Bloody Elbow

KJ: Some MMA fans, and UFC fans in particular are beginning to recognise you as Randy Couture's grappling coach but are otherwise unfamiliar with you, your training in martial arts and your background in general. You notably trained at Gokor Chivichyan ...

Gokor Chivichyan is an Armenian-American Judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts instructor. Chivichyan currently trains professional and amateur fighters at the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, California, United States. Chivichyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Chivichyan began his training as a young child in Soviet Armenia, winning national junior titles in judo, sambo, and wrestling.

Born Գոքոր Չիվիչյան
(1963-05-10) May 10, 1963 (age 53)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
Residence North Hollywood, California
Nationality Armenian
Style Sambo, Judo, Jujutsu, Freestyle wrestling, Catch wrestling
Rank 9th Degree Black Belt In Judo (USJJF)
6th Degree Black Belt and 1st Razryad Grand Master In Sambo
7th 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-American Judo, submission grappling, and mixed martial arts instructor. Chivichyan currently trains professional and amateur fighters at the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, California, United States. Chivichyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Chivichyan began his training as a young child in Soviet Armenia, winning national junior titles in judo, sambo, and wrestling.

At the age of 17, Chivichyan relocated to Los Angeles, California where he continued his training in no-gi submission wrestling under Gene LeBell, a famous Catch wrestler and the United States' first Judo champion. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Chivichyan traveled and competed in the Soviet Union and throughout Europe, Japan, Thailand, and Mexico. With the opening of the Hayastan Academy in 1991, Gokor retired undefeated from professional fighting, 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 as “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.

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. He took Gold after defeating Gary Butts by uchi mata in the finals.