New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Dr. Mark Balafsky as Pioneer Physician

Mark Belafsky

Mark BelafskyFrom New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame:

(New Jersey) – The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its third class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 5, 2014.

On December 5th, Dr. Mark Belafsky will be inducted as the Pioneer Physician.

Born and raised in Woodbridge, a Jersey Boy, through and through!  Left in 1956 to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, then on to Medical School in Chicago. Returned to Philadelphia to complete a residency in Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. Entered private practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1971. Was Chairman of Otorhinolaryngology at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Centers and Associate Professor at Jefferson. Served seven years in the US Army, including a year as a General Surgeon in the Republic of Viet Nam. In 1985, was one of the first Physicians appointed to the newly formed New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.  Shortly thereafter, was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean to be the Board’s Medical Chairman. Kept that position until retirement in 2008. Responsible for the recruitment and training of New Jersey’s ringside physicians. Instrumental in developing the Universal Medical Rules and Regulations for Boxing, first sanctioned in New Jersey, and then internationally.  Instrumental in developing the Medical Rules and Regulations for Mixed Martial Arts, first sanctioned in New Jersey, and then internationally. These Rules and Regulations were used in the first MMA card ever, in Atlantic City. Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, American Head and Neck Society, and the American College of Surgeons. Member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Board Certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Married to Betty Forman Belafsky, Esq. for fifty-two years.  Two children, both physicians, and seven grandchildren.

We hope you will join us on December 5, 20124 Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.comand get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

2014 Third Class Inductee Awards

  • Referee – Keith Peterson
  • Muay Thai Trainer – Tommy Dowd
  • MMA School Owner – Nick Catone
  • Prestigious Achievement – Dylan Wanagiel
  • Muay Thai Fighter – Justin Greskiewicz
  • Ringside Physician – Dr. Steven Oxler
  • Pioneer Physician – Dr. Mark Belafsky
  • Striking Coach – Mark Henry
  • USA Boxing – Henry Hascup
  • Event Organizer – Alan Goldberg
  • Pioneer Fighter – Chris Liguori
  • MMA Judge – Eric Colon
  • Administrator – Joan Pierce
  • Traditional Martial Arts – Karriem Abdallah
  • MMA Fighter – Dan Miller
  • Fighter of the year – Chris Weidman
  • MMA Nutritionist – Mike Dolce
  • Wrestling Coach – Scott Goodale
  • Scorekeeper – Ellen Rubin
  • Grappling – Tom Manelski