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It’s al­ways grat­i­fy­ing to see mar­tial artists take an ac­tive role in the bat­tle against bul­ly­ingK lne of the most in­spir­ing is a rel­a­tive new­comer to the war, a man named Arthur ChivichyanK ff that sur­name sounds fa­mil­iar I it’s be­cause he’s the son of Black Belt eall of camer and judo leg­end Gokor Chivichyan.

Two years ago, Arthur Chivichyan started a lead­er­ship in­sti­tute for kids, the non­profit side of which is de­voted to help­ing vic­tims of bul­ly­ing K Chivichyan ar­ranges to have for­mer bul­lies and the peo­ple they picked on speak about pre­ven­tion, but that’s just part of the com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram he’s de­vised.

´For lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment, I’ve taken el­e­ments from old scrip­tures and from mil­i­tary cul­tures like the Vik­ings,” he said. ´I use those lessons to help kids. These days, kids are on their phones all the time and don’t want to be phys­i­cally or so­cially ac­tive. That causes them to have a lot of is­sues in busi­ness re­la­tion­ships and so­cial sit­u­a­tions I in ad­di­tion to mak­ing them less ca­pa­ble of han­dling bul­liesK then f meet the kids If take on the lead­er­ship man­tle and try to be­come a role model for them.”

Us­ing the meth­ods he learned while earn­ing a de­gree in man­age­ment and lead­er­ship at Pepperdine Univer­sity, Chivichyan — who also has a con­sult­ing li­cense — tai­lors his ap­proach to each child’s emo­tional in­tel­li­gence. ´I sit them down like a con­sul­tant would and do a SWOT anal­y­sis, which looks for strengths, weak­ness­esI op­por­tu­ni­ties and threatsI” he said. ´I try to break down the bar­ri­ers the kids are fac­ing to help them im­prove their lives.”

In essence, Chivichyan acts as a big brother for the kids — more than 150 have been helped so far, he said. Know­ing the fa­mil­ial roots from which he comes, it’s not sur­pris­ing that a sub­stan­tial por­tion of that help in­volves the mar­tial artsK

´I train them here at my fa­ther’s Hayas­tan Academy two to three times a week, and we fo­cus on fit­ness and health, as well as self-de­fense,” Chivichyan said. ´Mar­tial arts train­ing gives them dis­ci­pline and morals. Some peo­ple think it’s only phys­i­cal, but it’s not. Train­ing can make big dif­fer­ences men­tally and emo­tion­ally. That’s why we fo­cus on mar­tial arts about 30 to 40 per­cent of the timeK

´These ben­e­fits are what have kept my dad go­ing for so many years — that and the fact that he’s do­ing some­thing he loves. He al­ways says mar­tial arts train­ing gives you that base­line for a life­style that’s ben­e­fi­cial to you and oth­ers.”

Chivichyan said his main mis­sion is in­grain­ing pre­ven­ta­tive self-de­fense — how to avoid cer­tain sit­u­a­tions and leave cer­tain en­vi­ron­ments. How­ever, he said, if the chil­dren find them­selves con­fronted by a bully and have no way out, they have their judo, ju­jitsu and boxing skillsK

To keep the young­sters in­ter­ested and en­gaged, Chivichyan oc­ca­sion­ally rents an archery rangeK “f get it for three or four hours, and we have coaches work with them,” he said. ´Then we might go out and do sur­vival skills — camp­ing, fish­ing, learn­ing how to build a fire and that kind of stuff. I’ve taken 25 kids camp­ing for three to four days. We try to catch our own food and cook it. We prac­tice mar­tial arts at the same time.”

Chivichyan’s in­no­va­tive Los An­ge­les–based pro­gram is called V3 Project. ´That’s also our slo­gan,” he said. ´It stands for vi­sion, value and vigor. It’s a con­cept that is de­rived from not only pri­mal as­pects of liv­ing and thriv­ing but also from busi­ness. Vi­sion is sim­i­lar to set­ting goalsI es­tab­lish­ing a vi­sion for the fu­ture that helps the in­di­vid­ual or group suc­ceed. Val­ues are the set of be­liefs and core prin­ci­ples every per­son in the pro­gram needs to abide by. It is not only a form of dis­ci­pline but a way of liv­ing a suc­cess­ful life and mak­ing dreams a re­al­i­tyK

´Vigor ap­plies to the fighter in all of us and just how im­por­tant it is for a per­son to be able to over­come chal­lenges and al­ways come out on topK Be­ing vig­or­ous means you are strong and healthy. Those are two im­por­tant con­cepts of be­ing a re­li­able lead­erK

´My dad in­flu­enced so many kids who went on to be­come suc­cess­ful adults, not only in fight­ing but also in busi­ness, real es­tate and man­age­mentK jy goal is to get state li­cens­ing to turn this into a school and con­tinue to do what he’s been do­ing by help­ing kids be­come lead­ers in their field, no mat­ter what they choose to do.”

Chivichyan’s web­site ( is sched­uled to launch in ae­cem­ber OM1UK

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