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Gokor Chivichyan's influence felt

North Hollywood gym, and its instructors, are the source of skilled Armenian fighters

Updated: October 22, 2010, 11:31 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- It's almost 11 p.m. on Monday and Gokor Chivichyan is lying on his back in the middle of his gym as rain begins to pound the windows of his brick-laced building. Chivichyan's neck is twisted one way and his legs are contorted another while Roman Mitichyan has his teacher in a triangle lock.

Chivichyan, 47, closes his eyes and breathes in and out before suddenly reversing the move and getting on top of Mitichyan, 32, who can only smile as Chivichyan taps his student ...

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