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Mixed Martial Arts

Picture above -the crew in 1999 with BJJ champion James Boran at Regans Martial Arts NY

Mixed Martial Arts or MMA is a modern term born out of no rules fighting. The ideas of mixing martial arts is nothing new and has been happening since the dawn of time, as every style or system known in martial arts was a creation of someones experience in mixing various fighting methods. Today we have the UFC and other venues in which we have been able to see first hand  the most high percentage techniques from various arts when used under pressure. For the most part we see a majority of MMA fighters combining Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. Their are  however less popular arts that also have much to offer  MMA and we see some fighters today using techniques from these lesser known arts  such as Sanda, Catch Wrestling, Judo, and Shooto. Our method consist of Shooto and BJJ grappling methods as well as Muay Thai, Sanda and Jeet Kune Do striking. While training JKD in the 90's we were highly influenced by Dan Inosanto to train all ranges of combat. Dan was Bruce Lee's number one student and Bruce always stressed that be a complete martial artist one must be comfortable in kicking, punching, trapping/standing grappling, and grappling range.Through our crosstraining with various striking and grappling arts we have alot of material to share.

We are a small private training group of working adults who love to train MMA, our focus is on street self defense.


With BJJ Blackbelt Marcos Santos after training the Machado BJJ method with him at a seminar we hosted.

We have been very fortunate to have been involved in MMA and BJJ for many years and have had the great fortune of training with many super talented individuals. Above Dan is shown with Professor Pedro Sauer. 

Rickson Gracie is a legend in the MMA and BJJ world, Rickson is considered the best of the Gracie family in terms of GJJ as a self defense method as well as in the sports arena. The above picture was taken with Rickson at his school in Los Angeles

Gokor Chivichyan is the protege of the great Gene Lebell, Gokor has been training in Sombo and various grappling and striking methods since he was a child. Gokor has gone on to become a very successful coach of professional mma fighters as well as world class judo competitors. This pic was in the late 1990's when Gokor was teaching us in long Island NY

Much of our striking skills are from Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do and crosstraining throughout the years. Since moving to California Dan has been fortunate enough to train at Bas Ruttens gym throughout the last few years when time allows. Bas way of striking has been a huge addition to how we train, his way of generating power is unique and he is a great coach.The students and coaches at the gym are great people and the coaches are highly skilled in all aspects of MMA. If your visiting the Canejo Valley be sure and check out the gym (Elite MMA Thousand Oaks). Bas is an incredible coach and a great guy.

Pictured above- Dan with Muay Thai legend Ramon the Diamond Dekkers and MMA Legend Bas Rutten after the Dekkers seminar in June 2012. The Dutch Muay Thai has really been a great method to study, the great boxing and kicking combinations along with the focus on power has really influenced our approach to striking.

Meeting up with Gokor to check out his new Academy

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with Gokor to check out his new Academy in N Hollywood. I havent seen Gokor in a number of years and it was great to catch up and see the school. Its one of the nicest schools I have ever seen. I highly suggest anyone in the area to check out the HAYASTAN ACADEMY. Gokor is and excellent coach and has produced many champions !!!!

Recently was given a tour of the Gracie Museum by Rorion Gracie himself, he explained in detail the family history and the beginning of the UFC .

Got some great training in with Legendary fighter Benny the Jet. Going to have to work on that nasty spinning back kick he used so well!

Got the kid some great training in with Bas today, learned so much and had a great day overall!

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