November 5, 2009 By admin
I was born on April 24, 1977 in Pasadena where I spent most of my childhood years. My early years of schooling began at an American Private school near my house. I then started attending an Armenian private school by the third grade where I learned how to read, write and strengthen my speech. I remember at the time from third to sixth grade how involved in school I was, such as participating in verbal poetry, written essays within the same school or competing for the spelling bees with other schools. I continued going to Armenian schools throughout my junior high years to the beginning of high school up till 9th grade. I then attended Notre Dame for 2 years, Granada for 1 And Cleveland after.
I began training in the martial arts at the age of 15 when my father introduced me to his customer and friend Vince Murdocco. Vinnie is a professional fighter and actor training out of Benny “the Jet” Urquidez, Jet Center in Van Nuys, California. My father told him about my extra energy and how I was a so-called bad boy. I started private lessons with Vinnie as a way to channel my energy positively. Vinnie showed me the fundamentals of kickboxing, which got me even more interested in the sport. A few months later, Vinnie’s schedule changed and he did not have enough time to spend training me properly. He recommended that I sign up at Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Jet Center.
That is where I started to really learn the sport of kickboxing and began to build the foundation skills I needed. I took karate, kickboxing, boxing, and weapon classes. I completed my yellow belt in Ukidokan karate but my real focus was kickboxing. I continued training at the Jet Center and trained with many world champions such as Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Lilly and Blinky Rodriguez, Peter Cunningham, and Rick O’Kane. When the jet center closed down in 1994, Mark Parra, a student of Benny “The Jet” Urquidez opened up his own gym “House Of Champions”.
I started going, mainly to continue training with Peter Cunningham. The gym started with a totally different atmosphere for me. I was getting more one on one training because the gym wasn’t so large. It was at Mark Parra’s “House Of Champions” where I got intuitive training techniques mainly from Peter Cunningham and Shuki Ron.
I fought my 1st smoker fight in 1996, which ended up with me giving my opponent a broken nose, which brought me a lot of attention, and showed my natural fighting ability. I then took my 1st amateur fight shortly after, against a note-worthy opponent and had my 1st loss. The loss helped me to see my mistakes and highlighted the areas that I had to work on.
I continued training and getting some great sparring with world champion boxer Hector Lopez and world champion kickboxer Danny Steele and Rick O’Kane. I began training with Rick O’Kane exclusively after my k-1 under card fight in August of 2001 and continue to learn and improve. I now have a record of 25 fights and 2 Amateur Titles
I made my professional kickboxing debut on May 3rd, 2002 at the Mirage on the K-1 event. I fought an undercard event against amateur veteran Scott Thorson and scored an impressive victory with a knockout.
My goal now is to continue climing the ratings to become the next welterweight champion.