From 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, Ellen Rubin will be inducted as Scorekeeper.
I am probably the only one of the inductees who isn't a martial artist. But I am married to one. The " legendary " Donnie Carolei, as "the Garv" was so fond of calling him. He is the one who got me involved in all of this!
I was a restaurant owner for many years. Between 1994-2000 ,I helped him put together some kickboxing shows for his company, Master Productions. Then I returned to the restaurant business.
I retired in 2004 and in 2006, Donnie was a referee for his organization the USKBA, with the late Paul Rosner.
Since I was going to shows anyway, I was put to work for them as a scorekeeper . I was also in charge of all licensing and paperwork for the organization. I got my MMA education on the job!
After the passing of Paul Rosner in 2009, the NJSACB took over the sanctioning of all MMA , Muay Thai and kickboxing events in NJ. I started working for them under the guidance of our counsel, Nick Lembo., and I haven't missed many shows since then.
It is a privilege to be part or the best team of MMA officials in the country !
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