BURBANK–The official opening of the Armenian Black Belts Academy center in Burbank was held Saturday. ABBA founder and president Master Garo Kebabjian was present at the gathering.
The center is located on 2101 N. Glenoaks Avenue in Burbank. The center can be reached at (818) 260-9191.
Also present were ABBA of America President Gomidas Haroutiuian–the new center’s trainer Mihran Aghounian–co-trainer Armen Khanian and ABBA Administrative Body member Raffi Gourdigian. The opening remarks were made by Apo Chaparian–editor of Armenian Life Newspaper.
In his remarks Garo Kebabjian stressed the importance of working for the advancement of Armenia and Karabakh–explaining that all Armenia’s have to be united to be successful.
Apo Chaparian said that letters congratulating the opening of the ABBA center of America were sent by the ABBA centers in Armenia–Lebanon–Karabakh–and France. Chaparian also read a letter by Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia–which read–"The training that the ABBA members receive is not only for the body but is an educational experience for the mind and the sole. Without an advanced and healthy mind the body is not worth anything." The Catholicos also applauded the work of Kebabjian and wished the organization much luck.
"I congratulate the establishment of the ABBA in the United States and I hope that the organization continues to be as active and as helpful to the Armenian community as it has in the past," read Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Melkonian’s letter.
Also included in the program was a display of Master Garo’s teachings–and a video presentation chronicling ABBA’s activities in other countries.