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Dead Serious MMA closed out 2014 with a bang at Dead Serious MMA 13 last Saturday, December 13. The event took place at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey, where three titles were up for grabs.  Here are the official results of all the night's bouts:

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Dead Serious MMA is back with their final show of the year, this Saturday, December 13 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey.  This card is stacked and it's a great way to end the year. So be sure to get your tickets and check out the action!

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Chris Liguori Picture

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, Chris Liguori will be inducted as Pioneer Fighter.

Chris started training and competing in MMA at the age of 16 with local NJ gym Pittspen. The sport of MMA, or as it was known back then, NHB (No Holds Barred), was new and just starting to evolve. There wasn’t much available as far as coaching, so it was not uncommon for Chris to travel as far as Iowa to train with the famous Pat Miletich at points early in his career.

Chris would fight his first MMA fight under the Bamma banner. The event was held in South Plainfield High School. After a few fights for Bamma, Chris began to fight for Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat, which was in its early stages of development. He would later go on to win the Ring of Combat lightweight championship. Chris made his UFC debut on, November 21st 2003, at the age of 20 years old. In his stellar career, Chris has compiled an extensive resume of 3 championships in 2 different weight classes and competed in many top organizations such as Strike Force, Bellator, MFC and CFFC. A loving father of 4 and true pioneer of the sport, both in and out the cage, Chris now trains under Professor Ricardo Almeida and has started to coach athletes in the sport he loves.

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.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:

Tom Manelski

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.

Tom Manelski was born and raised in NJ.  He resides in Toms River NJ and has lived there for about 22 years. He graduated college in 1997 with a degree in Business.  He then started working in finance.   He now has 17 years banking and investing experience behind him and continues to work in the financial industry.

Tom started playing sports at 7.   He played many sports but focused on wrestling in high school.  He decided not to wrestle in college because he was pursuing a racing career in Motocross.  He raced for 12 years but was unable to make a living at it so he decided to move on.  He then spent a lot of time in the gym weight training, but needed more.  After watching many of the “UFC’s”, like many others, Tom developed an interest in Jiu Jitsu.  He started training Jiu Jitsu in 2006.  First he trained at “Madama Jiu Jitsu” which lasted about 6 months.  He was introduced to Bill Scott who was a Brown belt in BJJ at the time.  Scott opened a school close to Tom’s home so Tom decided to train there.  There were many higher belts there that led to great training and advancement for Tom.  He immediately started competing and had success right away.  He received my Blue belt through Black belt with Bill Scott/Pablo Popovitch.   He has over 150 gi and no gi grappling wins, with victories in Grapplers Quest, NAGA, PGL and IBJJF to name a few.  He continues to train at least 3 times a week.  As long as he is physically able to train, he expects to train for the rest of his life.  Training Jiu Jitsu helps him be better prepared in life both physically and mentally.

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.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:

Scott Goodale

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, Scott Goodale will be inducted as Wrestling Coach.

The Jackson, N.J., native which eventually took over the Rutgers program, first found great success in his impressive seven-year stint as head coach at his alma mater, Jackson Memorial High School. In seven seasons, Goodale compiled an overall record of 155-16, leading his squad to the top ranking in the state in 2006 and 2007. The then high school wrestling coach was inducted into the South Jersey Wrestling Hall of Fame on Nov. 7, 2009. Goodale was named the New Jersey State Coach of the Year three times, while also earning District 21 and Region VI Coach of the Year accolades three times during his tenure with the Jaguars. Goodale coached four New Jersey State Champions and five New Jersey State runner-ups, along with 16 additional state place winners. In total, he has coached a total of 41 District 21 Champions and 10 Region VI Champions. While also leading his teams to two Group IV State Championships, as well as four Central Jersey Group IV Sectional titles. Each season Goodale spent with Jackson Memorial, the Jaguars were crowned District 21 Team Champions, as well as winning four Class A-South Shore Conference titles. During the 2005-06 season, the Jaguars finished ranked No. 10 in the country then finishing seventh the next year.

In 2007 Scott Goodale began his reign as Rutgers head wrestling coach for the next 8 years and has amassed an impressive record of 111-38-1 during that time. He has lead the Scarlet Knights to two top 25 finishes and one top 10 during his tenure and has made the Rutgers Wrestling Program a top contender while also producing 36 NCAA Championship bids and 42 place winners at the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships. Three Scarlet Knights received automatic bids to nationals, while also earning an at-large selection gave Goodale at least four NCAA qualifiers in five of his seven seasons “On the Banks.” The Goodale-led squad put together a 15-match unbeaten streak from early December to late February which was the longest streak in school history. In 2008-09, Rutgers broke the then-school record for victories in a single season with a 20-7 mark in dual action. Three Scarlet Knights earned NCAA Championships bids, which at the time was the most for RU since 2004. Scott Goodale’s career speaks for itself as an impressive collection of wins, titles, firsts and championships that leave no doubt of his deserving of yet another induction in yet another Hall of Fame.

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.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:

Alan Goldberg #2

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, Alan Goldberg will be inducted as Event Organizer.

One must wonder what Master Goldberg, Publisher and Promoter of the event is thinking looking out in this vast sea of martial artists.  How did it all start?  Over 52 years ago Alan Goldberg would set forth a path in Martial Arts that some of us could only dream of.  Master Goldberg’s early training was in the art of Shotokan Karate.  Having the honor of studying with such Famous Masters as Manard Miner and George Cofield.  He would later on learn the traditional and non-traditional arts of Five Animal Kung Fu.  As the 1970’s entered, Master Goldberg would meet a young Master that would take him on the path to where he is at today.  That young Masters was Jason Lau.

Sifu Lau is the disciple of famed Shaw Bros. stable Master Jiu Wan.  Sifu Lau and Master Goldberg would form a student and Master bond that has lasted over thirty years.  A friendship so close that they even spent five years living in a Shaolin Wing Chun temple with three other disciples (which he now holds the title of #1 Disciple of the Family.)  Master Goldberg jokes of those days as saying, “Sifu Lau would wake up at 2:00 in the morning, telling his disciples it was time to train.”  For Master Goldberg, it was like a dream. or sometimes woke up the next morning wondering was it or wasn’t it.   “I would have lived there longer with Sifu Lau, but I was due to get married soon and my wife did not agree with my continued plan of living in a temple.”  Don’t know why not?

When Sifu Lau left New York City in the early 80’s, Master Goldberg was left with no one to train with.  Sifu Lau suggested he train with the late Sifu Moy Yat of the Yip Man family.  This would give Master Goldberg the opportunity to study Wing Chun under two different Sifus.  Allowing him the chance to have a well-rounded education in the art. Known for his longevity in the Art, Master Goldberg is a Pioneer of Wing Chun in the United States.

Master Goldberg is now teaching Wing Chun Kung Fu in the heart of Brooklyn to a small but dedicated group of students.  The temple has been active for over 25 years and has had opportunity to expand it as a business.  “I have had opportunities to expand, but I am really not interested in having a large school because it loses some of the tradition and close family ties that he has built with his students.  The tradition continues as three of his oldest disciples teach in different areas across the U.S.A.  Other students include actor Joe Piscopo of Saturday Night Live, Heavy-weight world champion Dimitrius “Oak tree” Edwards, who is notoriously known as the man who broke Mike Tyson’s ribs in a sparring match, World renown Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Pearl.  People associated with his Kung Fu Family include Phil Morris from the Seinfeld show and Joe Venerrie from the Oldies group the Tokens (The Lion sleeps tonight)

Master Goldberg is the holder of  Black Belt Magazines “Kung Fu Instructor of the Year  2004 “  and Holder of over  70 other  hall of fame awards.  He holds positions in many boards in major Martial Arts federations.  He is a founding member of Martial Arts Grand Master International Council (MAGIC), a founding member of World Black Belt along with, Chuck Norris and Bob Wall and A board member of the International Sports Hall of Fame with Dr. Bob Goldman and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Publisher of Action Martial Arts Magazine, the largest free magazine in the U.S. today, he created one of the nation’s hottest martial arts fads such as The Action Martial Arts Magazine Collector Cards.   Master Goldberg created Law Enforcement Survival System (LESS), which was the only self-defense course taught to the NYC Emergency Service Unit of the Police Department.  Starred in Great Karate Inspirations in which he represented the only person performing Kung Fu.  He has an instructional video on Wing Chun produced by Yamazato Productions, appearing in Rising Suns Production  Martial Arts Masters , He has also just take a position as Vice President of Shaolin Brand Products , Board Member to The Martial Arts History Museum, Martial Arts of China Historical Society, Black Belt Magazine (Festival of Martial Arts) Co Publisher of roundhouse publication , Associate producer of 3 new Action films and associate producer to the new reality show American Kick boxer .

He was also one of the promoters and Vice President of 21st Century Warriors, which showcased some of the legendary martial artists of our time.  This event saw the return of Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Royler Gracie, Orlando “The Warrior” Rivera, Dan “The Beast” Severn and others battling it out on Pay-Per View.

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.coma 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:

Mark Belafsky

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, Dr. Mark Belafsky will be inducted as the Pioneer Physician.

Born and raised in Woodbridge, a Jersey Boy, through and through!  Left in 1956 to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, then on to Medical School in Chicago. Returned to Philadelphia to complete a residency in Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. Entered private practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in 1971. Was Chairman of Otorhinolaryngology at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Centers and Associate Professor at Jefferson. Served seven years in the US Army, including a year as a General Surgeon in the Republic of Viet Nam. In 1985, was one of the first Physicians appointed to the newly formed New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.  Shortly thereafter, was appointed by Governor Thomas Kean to be the Board’s Medical Chairman. Kept that position until retirement in 2008. Responsible for the recruitment and training of New Jersey’s ringside physicians. Instrumental in developing the Universal Medical Rules and Regulations for Boxing, first sanctioned in New Jersey, and then internationally.  Instrumental in developing the Medical Rules and Regulations for Mixed Martial Arts, first sanctioned in New Jersey, and then internationally. These Rules and Regulations were used in the first MMA card ever, in Atlantic City. Member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, American Head and Neck Society, and the American College of Surgeons. Member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Board Certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Married to Betty Forman Belafsky, Esq. for fifty-two years.  Two children, both physicians, and seven grandchildren.

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.com andget 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:

UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy

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, Dr. Steven Oxler will be inducted as Ringside Physician.

Dr. Steven Oxler, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, has been a ringside physician for the New Jersey Athletic Control Board since 1995.  He is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician at Inspira Medical Center Woodbury, New Jersey and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Oxler proudly served in the United States Navy for 27 years retiring at the rank of Captain. He is a veteran of Desert Storm, and served as Director of Medical Services, Fleet Hospital 15, in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

He continues to act as a consultant to the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute (DMRTI) at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX.  Dr. Oxler is a Subject Matter Expert in the fields of Mass Casualty Triage and the medical treatment of Chemical & Biological Warfare and teaches in the Emergency Preparedness Response Course and the Homeland Security Health Professionals Course at DMRTI.

As an adjunct faculty professor in the Biology Department of Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, Dr. Oxler teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology.  He is adjunct faculty at the University of Sciences in Philadelphia in the Physician Assistant Studies Program where he is the medical director of the Emergency Medicine course.  Dr. Oxler has been an instructor in the Paramedic Sciences course at Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ, since 1985. He is a board member of Healthcare Quality Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Oxler resides in Moorestown, NJ with his wife, Karen, also a Navy Veteran. Their daughter, Elizabeth, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. When not at work in the Emergency Department or teaching, Dr. Oxler can be found playing Texas Hold-em poker in Atlantic City or playing tennis.

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.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:

Kareem Abdallah #2

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, AL-Mu’assis Karriem ABdAllah will be inducted as Traditional Martial Artist.

AL-Mu’assis Karriem ABdAllah is the 1st Black man in the history of the United States of America to create his own system of karate. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, AL-Mu’assis Karriem ABdAllah has been a major force to be reckoned with in the karate world. He began karate February 1962 at the age of 17 under the guidance of his only teacher Sensei James Cheatham. He was taught by Sensei James Cheatham for three years until his untimely death in a plane crash May 30, 1966. His teacher’s passing was a serious setback and he withdrew from the art for one year. Following constant pleads from youngsters that wanted to be taught, Karriem returned to karate.

He started teaching for free in the Felix Fuld Court projects in the summer of 1967. As his popularity grew and demand grew, it was necessary to open a school. By November 1967 through the generosity of three friends, Timmy Miller, Garfield Davis and Tony “Chink” Shipley. Karriem opened his first karate dojo. This was the beginning of the creation and development of the KA System of Karate. At first it was difficult for the karate world to accept the KA System, but as time passed and the fighters kept winning the KA System was recognized like all other styles of karate these battles took place during the strong years of karate tournament 1967-1975. Without a doubt AL-Mu’assis Karriem ABdAllah is the first black man and Muslim in the history of America to have created a karate system.

The system consist of 7 styles and 18 in between styles which total 25 styles of fighting. From 1967-1977 over 15,000 people were trained in the KA System of Karate. In 1977 Karriem retired from karate. For the next 10 years (1977-1987) he traveled the circuit as a trainer in kick boxing, amateur and professional boxing. However in 1987 he was persuaded by two friends Mudarris Nashid Abdul Wasi and AL-Hajj Idris Muhammad to return to karate. He then went to his desk to complete his first book. The K.A. System of Karate “The Freestyle Crouch” which was released January 1988. AL-Mu’assis Karriem ABdAllah credits his success and endeavors to his beloved Mother Lucille Lillian Durant, his only sister Hayat his religion Islam and discipline and sacrifice. He loves what he does and he does what he loves and that is teaching.

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.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:

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