The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of it 2013 class of inductees. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inn at 350 Lighting Way, Secaucus, New Jersey on December 6, 2013.
On December 6th, Stephanie Stokes will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Stephanie Stokes is a full-time professional stuntwoman in major motion pictures and television.
Stephanie studied theatre and broadcasting at Montclair State University, as well as the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. She is a member of the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Recording Artists (AFTRA) and votes for the EMMY awards as an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Voting Committee member.
She discovered her passion for Mixed Martial Arts in 2000. Her announcing and interviewing career for MMA began September 11, 2001, after being approached by a promoter at UFC 33 in Las Vegas. Ms. Stokes then became the first female to become a licensed announcer with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board.
Stephanie was the host of Inside Martial Arts, and martial arts shows produced by ESPN and MSG.
She was the announcer/interviewer for events promoted in New Jersey by Cage Fury, Ring Of Combat, Reality Fighting, EliteXC, Mass Destruction, NAGA and War at the Shore. She also sang the national anthem at many of these events.
Stephanies highlight moments include: singing the National Anthem at a New York Mets game, announcing the first fights to be on a major network with Elite XC on CBS primetime, being interviewed and appearing in FightSport Magazine for her work in the sport back in 2003, and getting lit on fire by her husband for an FX stunt.
She has been married for a decade to Stunt Coordinator & Second Unit Director Brian Smyj and is the Vice President of their company: Never Quit Stunts Inc.
Stephanie credits much of her fantastic experiences, thrilling work and happiness over the last decade to MMA. She and Brian met at a professional MMA fight while she was announcing in NJ back in 2002. Stephanie and her husband currently reside in Wyckoff with their brood of special needs animals.
We hope you will join us on December 6, 2013. 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 NJSMartialArtsHOF.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 friends, fun, and music.