Head Coach, Arsen.

I was born in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan.

When I was 10 years old, my father introduced me to boxing by taking me to the famous Olympic Boxing School named after the Olympic and three-time European champion Vladimir Yengibaryan.

(As a child, I was shy and gentle with delicate features.  In fact, I recall a shop saleswoman thinking I was a girl because I was wearing a winter hat which hid my short hair.)

Before meeting with the boxing coach, I was a little afraid because boxing seemed scary and rough. To my surprise, a man of about 65 came up to us and greeted us with a friendly smile. He became my first coach and a real teacher. I was getting more and more interested in boxing.

For the first two years, my studies focused solely on boxing techniques and tactics.  I read as much as I could on the discipline. Instead of competitions, we took exams on long boxing combinations with a partner in the ring. At the age of 12, I moved to the senior boxing group under another honored coach, with whom I trained for over five years.

 

At age 16, I realized I needed to change something, because I had recently experienced too many defeats. That was when my final coach appeared in my life. He was a 66-year-old man with a thin mustache, slicked back hair, very neat and expensively dressed, played poker, quoted books by heart, and was well versed in boxing. He was a gentleman, scholar, trainer, and amazing coach.

We trained as a small group of skilled boxers and I think that we stood out with our style and vision of the fight. After years of hard training six to seven days a week, 13-mile runs, sparring sessions, and numerous tournaments, my boxing level and IQ started to rise!

Once again I was back to winning tournaments and competitions. Even if I had a day off, I went to the gym and talked with my boxing friends and the coach (a lot). It was the school of life!

In 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology from the “University of Physical Culture and Sports” in Yerevan, which gave me a sound understanding of how the body works and what is needed for optimal functionality.

At age 23, I was offered the position of Vice President at the same Olympic boxing school I had trained with.

I spent 10 years at the Olympic boxing school and learned how the entire system works … directors, ministers, trips to the other countries, meetings and paperwork. We had 40 employees including trainers and about 350-500 students in different regions of the country.

I also started to train children and conduct personal training with people who just loved boxing! I enjoyed the training process and loved to see my students’ progress.  I had a great group of children, ages 10-12 years, with whom we experienced many interesting and emotional moments. To this day, we are still very close.

 

I am happy that my boxing students have participated, and are participating, in the European and World Championships.

At the end of 2019, I left Armenia, flew to the United States, and chose beautiful Austin, Texas to be my new home.  Within one month, I became employed at South Austin Gym as a Boxing Coach, alongside Founder and CEO, Randy Palmer (Former World Champion and Professional Kickboxer). In addition, I won a city-wide “show-fight” in the Capital City Heroes.

Since it has always been important for me to follow my ideas and my heart, I decided to found Max Boxing Coach, with the help of good people and friends!

It is my priviledge and honor to bring the amazing benefits of Boxing to your doorstep.

BE HAPPY with MAX BOXING.  SIGN UP TODAY.

~Arsen Hovhannisyan

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