Welcome to the International Sports Union
Welcome to International Sports Union, a non-profit organization and unique facility dedicated to empowering individuals through the disciplines of boxing, wrestling, and Muay Thai. But we’re more than just a training center – we are also a compassionate shelter that offers lodging and nourishment to athletes and youth in need.
At International Sports Union, we believe in the transformative power of combat sports. Our skilled trainers and coaches are passionate about teaching the art of boxing, wrestling, and Muay Thai to athletes of all ages and skill levels. From mastering techniques to developing mental resilience, our comprehensive programs instill discipline, confidence, and self-defense skills that extend beyond the ring. Read More
However, we go beyond athletic training. Our mission extends to providing a safe haven for those who face adversities such as homelessness, poverty, and the risk of substance abuse. We offer a warm and welcoming environment where athletes and youth can find not only shelter but also nourishing meals that fuel their bodies and minds.
By providing lodging and food, we strive to keep individuals off the streets and away from the perils of drugs. Our dedicated staff and volunteers work tirelessly to create a supportive community where everyone feels valued and empowered to pursue a brighter future.
At International Sports Union, we firmly believe that through the combined power of combat sports, shelter, and mentorship, we can make a lasting impact on the lives of athletes and youth. Together, we are breaking barriers, fostering resilience, and nurturing a sense of belonging for those who need it most.
Join us in our mission to transform lives through boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai, and compassionate support. Together, we can build a stronger, healthier community for all.
Ken Arutyunyan established a sports facility in Glendale, California in 1990 and a facility in North Hollywood, California in 1995 to pass on mixed martial arts knowledge to the San Fernando Valley community. Through generous donations, Ken successfully provided mixed martial arts classes, lodging, and food to children and young adults in need. He played a crucial role in founding the International Full Contact Karate Federation, organizing tournaments in Yerevan, Armenia. Ken Arutyunyan, now the Vice President of the federation, continues to make significant contributions. Read More
In 1992, Ken Arutyunyan made history by pioneering Draka, the Russian term for free sparring, for both amateur and professional rules. He collaborated with the California Athletic Commission to establish the rules for mixed martial arts in the United States after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The groundbreaking event took place on June 27, 1992, at the UNLV Bren Center in Irvine, CA, featuring the first-ever mixed martial arts fight between the USA and Russia. Ken Arutyunyan served as the Coach and Manager of the Russian team, while Ruben Urquidez managed the American team, garnering national recognition.
Ken organized five prominent fighting shows at the Great Western Forum, along with events held at the Olympic Auditorium and Occidental College. His promotional efforts extended worldwide, encompassing locations such as Russia, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan.
The International Sport Union, recognized by esteemed organizations including the California Athletic Commission, USA Boxing Federation, USA Gymnastics Federation, USA Wrestling Organization, and the California District Officials, holds a respected status.
To this day, Ken’s students are renowned for their dedication, perseverance, and impressive achievements. Led by Ken Arutyunyan, the International Sport Union family takes pride in its ongoing commitment to serve the country, the community, and all its members.