Arthur Hovhannisyan was born on September 11, 1975, in Gyumri (then-Leninakan), Armenia.
The only non-Japanese allowed to teach karate at Kyokushin-kan Honbu (IKO Matsui).
A 5th degree black belt in Kyokushin karate, International Master of Sports, European champion, first Armenian to pass hyakunin kumite. Since 1999, a vice-president of Armenian Kyokushinkan Federation. Currently, an instructor at So Honbu in Kawaguchi.
On March 29, 2009, Arthur Hovhannisyan became the firstg Armenian (and the first Russian) to successfully pass the 100-man kumite-hyakunin kumite. The trial was conducted under the rules of IKO in the Tokyo Honbu. Arthur achieved 49 victories, of which 2 by ippon, 22-via waza-ari, 25-by decision. He lost 12 fights and got a draw in the other 39. Each fight lasted a minute and a half.