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Founder, Owner, & Head Coach

About Ivan

I was born in Toronto, Canada, and lived there until I was 5. My parents then moved the family back to their homeland, Chile, where we spent 3 years living in the coastal city of Viña Del Mar. At the age of 8, my parents separated and I moved to the United States with my father where we lived in Queens, NY, for 6 years before finally settling in Seattle in 1985. Since the age of 13, I have studied and trained in various combat arts including karate, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. I'm now in my 40s living in Seattle fighting and training as my fulltime profession.      My long time dream of owning my own gym was realized. Ivan Salaverry MMA has become the premier Mixed Martial Arts facility in the Seattle area, being recognized as one of “The Top Five Workouts” by Seattle Business Magazine and having been featured in Seattle Magazine, Northwest Fight Scene Magazine and Real Fighter Magazines.

Ivan Salaverry Mixed Martial Arts / ISMMA was established in 2006 in Seattle, Washington, USA and is owned and operated by professional mixed martial arts veteran and trainer Ivan Salaverry.

A longtime combat sports athlete and life-long martial artist who has competed amongst the world's most prestigious organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), K-1, Shooto, Abu Dhabi Combat Club, and has trained alongside fightsports' most recognized combat athletes and reputable trainers across the globe.

With more than three decades of martial arts and combat sports experience, Ivan brings a wealth of practical and relevant knowledge, from both training and competitive aspects, that have been applied and instituted into the mixed martial athletics programs and curriculum at ISMMA for athletes and enthusiasts alike of any background and from all walks of life.

Record / Experience


  • Multiple time UFC Veteran

  • Multiple time K1 Japan Veteran

  • WFA Veteran

  • BAMMA Veteran

  • IFL Veteran

  • Shooto Japan Veteran

  • Superbrawl Veteran

  • Hook-n-Shoot Veteran



"I believe that everyone has the fighting spirit in them. It's innate. I think it's hard-wired into each and every one of us. Through years of training and exercise, I have tapped into and refined this inner spirit, elevating my skills to a higher ground along the way. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA, Pankration, no-holds barred, free fight, vale tudo, or whatever it may be named across the world) has enabled the fight game to have multiple dimensions. We are no longer limited by one style of pugilism (such as boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, or kickboxing), or held back by senseless holistics or mysticism. Liberated by rules and regulations of a new sport, we have evolved to a new species of fighter incorporating elements from martial arts, wrestling and various other combative sports. With great passion I seize the opportunity to educate and enrich my colleagues in the fighting community and the general public as a whole in the science and art of hand-to-hand combat. Respect and devotion will be able to see me through my journey."

33+ years of Martial Arts Training / Combat Sports Experience

Teammates / Training Partners

Iron Sharpens Iron

Instructors & Coaches: Matt Hume, Marcelo Alonso, Brad Kertson, Eric Dahlberg, Maurice Smith, & Roman Roytberg.

Teammates / Training Partners:  Josh Barnett, Tito Ortiz, Maurice Smith, Chael Sonnen, Randy Couture, Aaron Riley, Dennis Hallman, Jeff Monson, Ricco Rodriguez,  Akira Shoji, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai, Bob Sapp, Matt Lindland, Kim Mason, Roman Roytberg, Freddie Medellin, Mario Miranda, Brent Knopp, Benji Radach, Brad Blackburn, Trevor Jackson, Carlson Gracie BJJ, Brazilian Top Team, Rodrigo Lopes, Scott Shaffer, Clint Radovich, Joey Guel, Scott Norton, Shad Lierley, Danny "Boy" Bennett, Tristan Wit, and many more.

Press / Coverage

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