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, Tom Manelski will be inducted as Grappler.
I was born and raised in NJ. I reside in Toms River NJ and have been here for about 22 years. I graduated college in 1997 with a degree in Business. I then started working in finance. I now have 17 years banking and investing experience behind me and continue to work in the financial industry.
I started playing sports at 7. I played many sports but focused on wrestling in high school. I decided not to wrestle in college because I was pursuing a racing career in Motocross. I raced for 12 years but was unable to make a living at it so I decided to move on. I then spent a lot of time in the gym weight training, but needed more. After watching many of the "UFC's", like many others, I grew an interest in Jiu Jitsu. I started training Jiu Jitsu in 2006. I started training at "Madama Jiu Jitsu" which lasted about 6 months. I was introduced to Bill Scott whom was a Brown belt in BJJ at the time. He opened a school close to my home so I decided to train there. There were many higher belts there that led to great training and advancement for me. I immediately started competing and had success right away. I received my Blue belt through Black belt with Bill Scott/Pablo Popovitch. I have over 150 gi and no gi grappling wins. I have victories in Grapplers Quest, NAGA, PGL and IBJJF to name a few. I continue to train at least 3 times a week. As long as I am physically able to train, I expect to train for the rest of my life. Training Jiu Jitsu helps you be better prepared in life both physically and mentally.
We hope you will join us on December 5, 2014 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