Sensei Kevin Forant started training at Hayastan MMA back in early 2008 under Sensei Booe. Kevin's athletic background consisted of High School and JuCo Hockey, so he was no stranger to a good fight. He is a former 3 time Amateur MMA Champion and a current Pro MMA fighter with an impressive record. Kevin's popularity and fighting prowess has landed him on nationally televised fights on AXS TV. He is also a Level 6 instructor in Hayastan Submission Fighting System under Sensei Gokor and a senior rank in Hayastan MMA's Kickboxing program under Sensei Booe and Sensei Grady. Kevin's experience, knowledge, work ethic and mental toughness certainly shows through his instruction and is a great asset for the students to draw from. Kevin teaches many of the Kickboxing and Grappling classes in the evenings. He also has taken over management of the Hayastan MMA Charlotte Fight Team, serves as matchmaker for several MMA promotions, often coaches and corners the fight team, in addition to continuing his own pro MMA career.
Sensei Tony Tan is a former undefeated Amateur MMA Champion, a current Pro MMA Fighter and a former HGC Absolute tournament Champion. He has a background in D-1 College wrestling and holds a Senior Rank in Hayastan's kickboxing program under Senei Booe and Grady. He also has achieved a Level 6 instructors' rank in Hayastan Submission Fighting System under Sensei Gokor. Tony's direct communication and ability to verbalize the techniques he is teaching has been apparent at Hayastan for some time. His fierce competitive drive rubs off and inspires the students. While he has had the unofficial role as Wrestling Coach in the past, he now has stepped in to teach Adult Kickboxing and Grappling on scheduled evenings.
Tom Ziegler - Instructor - Kickboxing, Grappling & Strength/Conditioning
Jonathan Martin - Instructor - Kids & Adult Kickboxing and Grappling
Sensei Tom Ziegler is a life time athlete and fitness enthusiast, as well as a long time fan of combat sports. After lettering in football, wrestling and lacrosse in high school, as well as a short stint in Junior College athletics, Tom never lost his itch to compete throughout his adult life and remained active. Although, he had wrestled and dabbled in boxing in the past, Tom had no formal or consistent martial arts training until joining Hayastan MMA in May of 2007. He proved a quick study under Sensei Booe and after many years of training and competing, he has currently earned a level 7 Instructors' rank in Hayastan Submission Fighting System under Sensei Gokor Chivichyan. Tom has placed or won gold in his division in many regional and national tournaments. He is also a Senior rank in Hayastan Kickboxing/MMA classes under Sensei Booe and Grady. Tom teaches in the morning and evening classes at Hayastan MMA where his communication skills, attention to detail and friendly style are showcased. He continues to compete in grappling/jujitsu tournaments and is a sparring partner, coach and cornerman for our MMA fight team.
Kevin Forant - Owner/Instructor - Adult and Kids Kickboxing & Grappling
Sensei Jonathan is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kaizen Do Karate, Level 4 rank in Hayastan Submission Fighting System and a promising MMA fighter with an impressive winning record. Jonathan is a familiar face at Hayastan and is very popular among the kids and adult students he interacts with. He has trained under Sensei Booe since he was 6 years old. Jonathan teaches Kids' Karate, Kids' Grappling and Adult Karate. He also happens to be one of the best young men you will ever meet who is certainly a role model for the students. His contagious smile and freakish athletic ability are consistently on display at the school. Jonathan is eager to pass on the teachings of Sensei Booe and there is no one better to do it.
Adam Zart - Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Roger Pratcher - Strength & Conditioning
Brad Guyer - Strength & Conditioning
Brad Guyer has been an athlete since early childhood was named All State Football and Track, receiving defensive player of the year honors his senior year of high school. In college, brad was introduced to Jiujitsu. He quickly realized that martial arts could fuel his competitive spirit. In the years after college Brad moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he joined hayastan MMA in 2012 under Sensei Paul Booe. Since joining Hayastan MMA Brad has become an accomplished grappler and MMA fighter, winning gold in every Jiujitsu tournament he has competed in and winning amateur championships with 3 different promotions. He was ranked the #1 Welterweight in the southeast US with an undefeated 7-0 record. He currently holds a Level 4 rank under Gokor Chivichyan in the Hayastan Grappling System. Now and up-and-coming pro MMA fighter, Brad leads the Strength and Conditioning classes on select days where he passes on his drive, experience and knowledge to the other students and fighters.
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Sensei Paul Booe studied martial arts for many years. He began in 1989 and received his black belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 16 . Two years later, Sensei Booe was introduced to Judo, Jujitsu, Hapkido and Karate and he received black belts in 3 of those styles. He also trained in Boxing and was a Licensed USA Boxing Coach. He held a 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, a 1st degree black belt in Jujitsu and Karate, a brown belt in Judo, a Level 7 Instructor rank in Hayastan Submission Grappling and a certified Combat Weapons Training (C.W.T) Instructor. He trained under Gokor Chivichyan, the founder of Hayastan Fighting System which is comprised of Judo, Jujitsu, Sambo, Wrestling, Kickboxing and Karate.
Sensei Booe was also a Co-Founder and Board Member of the Combined Combat Arts Union and owned and operated Hayastan Mixed Martial Arts Academy locations in NC . He was also the East Coast Coordinator of the Hayastan Grappling Challenge national tournament circuit and was a certified USA Submission Grappling Referee and Referee Trainer.
He taught at all locations and in every style offered. When not on the mat, he also managed and coached the Hayastan MMA fight team. Every instructor at Hayastan MMA Charlotte has trained under Sensei Booe. Although his passing was untimely and sad, his vision and his teachings will live on through the Hayastan MMA students and staff. RIP Paul.
Sensei Adam Zart started his martial arts training in 1992. He started with Tae Kwon Do and then moved to Tang Soo Do (Korean Karate). He wrestled for the University of Dubuque in Iowa and continued to hone his other martial arts skills by training in Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling, and Judo. Adam has also continued his training in various forms of karate such as Shito Kai and Hapkido. Earned a Level 5 rank in Hayastan Submission Fighting Systems under Sensei Gokor. Adam has been involved in Physical Conditioning and training for many years. He is a Certified Physical Trainer with a specialty in Mixed Martial Arts strength and conditioning. Being a fighter himself , he understands the demands that are placed on the body during mixed martial arts training and competition. He oversees the strength and conditioning program at Hayastan Mixed Martial Arts. Adam is no longer actively teaching at Hayastan MMA as he has pursued other career goals. However, he still overseas the Strength and Conditioning program with Roger Pratcher, and still serves as a coach and cornerman for the fight team.
Paul Booe - Founder (RIP)
Tony Tan - Instructor - Kickboxing & Grappling