Chivichyan (born 1963 in Yerevan, Armenia) is an Armenian-American
submission grappling, and mixed martial arts instructor. Gokor currently
trains professional and amateur fighters at the Hayastan MMA Academy in
North Hollywood, CA.
Gokor 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, Gokor relocated to Los Angeles, where he
began his training in no-gi submission grappling under Gene LeBell.
Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Gokor actively participated in NHB/MMA,
sport Judo, and Sambo grappling competitions in Europe, Japan, the
United States, Mexico, and Canada. With the opening of the Hayastan
Academy in 1991, Gokor retired from professional fighting, undefeated,
and focused his time on teaching.
In 1997, Gokor 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 and
Karo Parisyan, who have
competed in the arena of the UFC, King of the Cage, Olympic and all
National Judo Championships.
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