New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Renzo Gracie!

From New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame:

September 5, 2012 – PRESS RELEASE (New Jersey) – The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.

On December 7th, Renzo Gracie will be presented with the first ever "Legend Award" by the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Renzo Gracie is a New Jersey resident whose accomplishments in the martial arts are truly too many to list. Renzo has instructed at his academies found throughout the world, has taught many pro fighters, and has competed in the ADCC's, EliteXC, IFL, Pride, Rings and the UFC. He is the subject of the documentary, Legacy, and has written instructional books on jiu-jitsu. Most importantly, Renzo is a family man who represents the martial arts with dignity, integrity, respect and honor. Renzo is never without a smile and brightens up whatever room he is in. It was an easy choice to select him for this award!

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.

New Jersey is building a rich tradition in non-boxing martial arts and our goal is to recognize these individuals and entities. Our goal is to honor those involved with New Jersey martial arts and to celebrate with them, at an evening with family and friends. Our focus is on those directly involved in New Jersey martial arts. This truly is a historical moment in our State’s combat sports history as our intent is to have the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame continue for many years and serve as a record for those outstanding individuals involved in martial arts in our State.

We hope you will join us on December 7, 2012. 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:

2012 Inaugural Class Inductee Awards

Legend Award- Renzo Gracie

Lifetime Achievement Award- Louis Neglia

MMA Fighter of the Year- Frankie Edgar

MMA Female Fighter of the Year- Munah Holland

Muay Thai Fighter of the Year- Ognjen Topic

Muay Thai female fighter of the Year- Prairie Rugilo

MMA Trainer of the Year-Mike Constantino

Muay Thai Trainer of the Year- Ray Cruz

MMA Promoter of the Year- Rob Haydak

MMA Matchmaker of the Year-Sam Caplan

Muay Thai Matchmaker of the Year- Chris Tran

Muay Thai Referee of the Year- Coban

MMA Referee of the Year- Dan Miragliotta

MMA Judge of the Year- Ricardo Almeida

Muay Thai Judge of the Year- Vladimir Borodine

Ringside Physician of the Year- Dr. Sherry Wulkan

Announcer of the Year- Kevin Garvey

Media Personality of the Year-Jim Genia

Pioneer MMA Fighter Award- Dave Tirelli

Outstanding Achievement in MMA- Kurt Pellegrino