The Hayastan Grappling System is rooted in the four grappling arts: Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu, and Wrestling. It was blended in the early 1980s by Gokor Chivichyan and his teacher and long-time friend, Gene Lebell.
At the time, many other grappling instructors maintained conservative training regimens rooted in the debate over the best grappling art, but Gokor and Gene acknowledge them all as beautiful arts and had no interest in joining the dispute. Even in their early days of training and teaching together, Gokor and Gene emphasized the importance of all four of the grappling arts, with the belief that each must be studied and adapted in order to develop a holistic grappling system. This receptive philosophy is at the core of the Hayastan Grappling System’s distinctive character and the unprecedented ability of Gokor and Gene, as demonstrated by numerous national and world titles in an assortment of styles, is at the heart of its success. Over many years, Gokor and Gene have perfected the highly innovative system, combining adapted elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu, and Greco Roman and Freestyle Wrestling. The system includes all forms of submissions, including leg locks, heel hooks, foot locks, knee bars, shoulder locks, wrist locks, neck cranks, body cranks and chokes. Moreover, it is noted for highly aggressive Judo and Sambo takedowns, in addition to uncompromising ground control. Many of the system’s teachings have been refined from grappling arts passed down through the centuries, many have been uniquely adapted for use without the gi and many others have been distinctively developed by Gokor and Gene themselves. Far from a loose collection o f techniques, the Hayastan Grappling System is a logical and purposeful amalgam and represents Gokor and Gene’s combined grappling experience of over 100 years. Gokor has competed in over 400 NHB, judo, and sambo fights, and has never lost as a professional fighter.
Over the course of thirty years, Victor has acquired a vast amount of knowledge of the many striking arts. This has afforded him the ability to develop a highly effective and combative program that blends the fighting arts of Muay Thai, Western Boxing, Tae Kwon do, Hap Ki Do and Karate. This electric approach combines various knee strikes, elbow strikes, Muay Thai kicks and clinches, devastating Tae Kwon Do kicks and Western Boxing combinations. Class focus is based on cardio-conditioning, strength training, bag work, pad work, shadow boxing and controlled to full contact sparring. Victor’s unique approach for teaching striking arts is applicable for street defense and tournaments.
Please call Victor’s Mixed Martial Arts for further details and to schedule for free trial class. Please call (973) 234-6454.
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