New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to Honor Tom DeBlass with the Grappling Award

From New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame:

(New Jersey) – The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015

On December 4th, Tom DeBlass will be inducted as Grappler.

Tom was born May 14, 1982. He is the son of Tom and Debra DeBlass.  In high school he was a County Champion, school record holder Long Jumper and state place winner graduating from Central Regional High school in 2000. He went on to Graduate Monmouth University in 2004 with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education.

Tom DeBlass is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Ricardo Almeida and world class competitor winning such titles as Pan American, National and World Championships in the Adult divisions. He is the only person in NJ history to win the North American ADCC trials two times. He is also a multiple Grapplers quest Champion, two time ADCC veteran, and one of the most respected competitors in the world of submission grappling.  Tom is also a former 2 division Ring Of Combat champion along with a UFC and Bellator veteran.

DeBlass opened his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in 2006, Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His Academy host's 300 students. He has produced his own World Champion students, along with numerous Black Belts. He resides in Forked River NJ with his wife Delilah DeBlass with their two children Isabelle and Thomas.

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015 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.com and 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:

  • Felix Martinez – MMA Promoter
  • Dave Mastrogiovanni – MMA Promoter
  • Carl Mascarenhas – Amateur MMA Promoter
  • Mark Shopp – Pioneer Fighter
  • Dave Sholler – Public Relations
  • Larry Cureton – Kickboxing
  • Paul Querido – Trainer / Cutman
  • Brett Hlavacek – Muay Thai Fighter
  • Dave Weinberg – Media
  • Sam Marji – Amateur MMA Trainer
  • Tom DeBlass – Grappling
  • Gary Gudzak – Inspector
  • Brian Blue – Conditioning
  • Steve Rivera – Wrestling Coach
  • Derek Riddick – Kickboxing Promoter
  • Mike Massenzio – MMA Fighter
  • Rico Rodriguez – Pioneer MMA Fighter
  • Frank Savahna – Boxing
  • Lyman Good – MMA Fighter
  • Kevin Thompson – Kickboxing