New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame List of Sixth Class Inductees Released

From New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame

The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud to announce the sixth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

To see all of the inductees biographies and pictures, please visit our website

This class will be honored at the Induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Carnegie Room at iPlay America in Freehold, NJ on December 1, 2017.

Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at

New Jersey has always been on the forefront of combat sports, and some of the biggest bouts in MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai history have taken place at various venues around the state.

New Jersey has had a boxing hall of fame since the 1960′s and, in a similar sense, we hope to recognize and honor those involved in combat martial arts such as MMA and MuayThai. 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’is 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 1, 2017. 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  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 friends, fun, and music.

2017 Sixth Class Inductee Awards

  • MMA Fighter – Jimmie Rivera
  • Grappler – Gary Tonon
  • Coach – Karel Pravec
  • Trainer – Paul Carnicella
  • Female fighter – Kaitlyn Chookagain
  • Fighter / Referee – Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro
  • Fighter / Trainer – Jamal Patterson
  • Wrestling – Mike Malinconico
  • Boxing – Jackie Atkins
  • Trainer – Ronnie Schulmann
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Billy Scott
  • Promoter – Kurt Otto
  • Announcer – Nino Del Buono
  • Boxer – Virgil Hill
  • Ringside physician – Dr. Eric Wurmser
  • NJSACB Official – Henry Krawiec
  • Promoter – Kipp Kollar
  • Physician – Dr. Robert Haley
  • Media – Mike Straka
  • Muay Thai Fighter / Trainer – Rami Ibrahim