Tigran is a four-time Russian national champion. Tigran has been fencing since the age of 7. Winner of the European Championship (1981) in the team competition and several other international tournaments, he earned a place on the Soviet Union's Goodwill Games Pentathlon Team in 1984, proving him to be a top athlete in fencing, shooting, horse riding, running and swimming.
Tigran founded SWORDS in 1997. With over 40 years of competing and coaching experience, his students have competed on the USA Fencing Cadet, Junior and Veteran World Cup teams, taken Gold at the Junior Olympics, and earned many national titles. His students consistently rank in the top eight in the nation in Division 1, Junior, Cadet, and Y14. Tigran's students have gone on to fence at prestigious universities such as Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, Notre Dame, and the Air Force Academy.