Grappling, judo and MMA-training legend Gokor Chivichyan shows you kneebar and heel-hook options for defeating an opponent in this exclusive video shot at the Hayastan MMA Academy!

When you think about grappling, whom do you think about? If you're into real grappling techniques, only a few names should come to mind. And if one them isn't Gokor Chivichyan, then you might be barking up the wrong tree. Gokor Chivichyan is the go-to guy for submissions techniques, especially leg locks. Disagree? Well, for starters, Gokor Chivichyan was inducted into the 1997 Black Belt Hall of Fame as its Judo Instructor of the Year. However, Gokor Chivichyan's curriculum vitae extends so far beyond that art. In addition to his ninth-degree black belt in judo, Gokor Chivichyan holds a sixth degree in sambo and a sixth degree in jujitsu. Long before he earned those black belts, Gokor Chivichyan entered his first competition — and went home victorious — in 1971 ... and he hasn’t stopped winning since. The Armenian expatriate now oversees 27 affiliate schools in the United States and 43 in Europe, and he organizes 10 Hayastan Grappling Challenge tournaments a year in the United States and seven in Europe. In this exclusive video shot at the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, California, Gokor Chivichyan explains and demonstrates options for kneebars and heel hooks.


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On March 7, 2010, Gokor Chivichyan opened up the Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood. Tucked away in a nondescript industrial section of the Los Angeles suburb, the Gokor Chivichyan school has gained a reputation as one of the premier mixed-martial arts schools in California. Running the show are Black Belt Hall of Fame members Gokor Chivichyan and “Judo” Gene LeBell. The state-of-the-art 12,000-square-foot gym in North Hollywood promises to produce even more rising stars. Its grand opening attracted such luminaries as Kathy Long, Richard Bustillo, Bas Rutten, Stephen Quadros and kickboxing legend Benny “The Jet” Urquidez. Click here to go behind the scenes of the school’s opening day in an exclusive video! For more information on grappling, judo and MMA, check out these awesome books, e-books, DVDs and video downloads available now in our online store! Winning on the Ground: Training and Techniques for Judo and MMA Fighters (book) — Dr. AnnMaria De Mars (1984 world judo champion) and James Pedro Sr. (coach of international judo medalists) present a variety of techniques developed over the years. Their coaching has helped such winners in the worlds of judo and mixed martial arts as Ronda Rousey (De Mars’ daughter) and Kayla Harrison take home medals at the highest levels of competition. The Ultimate Guide to Grappling (book/e-book)The Ultimate Guide to Grappling pays homage to the art with more than 30 years' worth of instructional essays and interviews collected from the Black Belt archives. Written by the world's foremost experts on the subject — including Mike Swain, John Machado and Gokor Chivichyan, among others — this book will slam you on the mat and teach you how to armbar your way to victory. Fight Night! The Thinking Fan's Guide to Mixed Martial Arts (book/e-book) — Structured like an encyclopedia, Fight Night! The Thinking Fan's Guide to Mixed Martial Arts dissects the anatomy of more than 90 MMA techniques. Starting with the Americana choke and ending with the wrestling clinch, each entry contains a concise description of key characteristics that clearly identify each MMA technique; detailed photo sequences of common applications for easy visual reference and understanding; and entertaining and educational insights, such as common counters and notable executions by famous MMA fighters like Georges St-Pierre, Cung Le and B.J. Penn.
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A social media sensation versus a former MMA world champion. Two world class lady warriors. A former professional basketball player versus a member of the NFL 2010's All-Decade Team. Who will have their hand raised that night? Stay tuned for more news and updates about the event from Black Belt Magazine, both here on our website and on social media.

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