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, Donnie Carolei will be inducted into the New Jersey State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Donnie Carolei was born in Brooklyn in 1951.
He put on his first pair of boxing gloves at age five and started taking formal karate lessons at the age of twelve. Donnie is a kick boxer, a karate champion and the holder of five “Hall of Fame” awards.
Donnie has trained with many martial arts instructors over the last forty five years. Most notably, Grand Master Peter Urban and Tommy Pitera had the most influence on his development and interest.
Donnie is currently a 7th degree black belt in USA Goju-Ryu under the esteemed Grand master Peter Urban. Donnie is the founder of USA Goju Iron Tigers Dojo.
Donnie promoted and made matches for several kick boxing shows in the area under the name of Master Productions.
Donnie has been refereeing, judging and inspecting MMA, Kick Boxing and Muay Thai shows for the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board since 2005. He has worked for New Jersey at events such as the UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, M-1, Ring of Combat, Cage Fury, World Combat League, Warriors Cup, Take On, and many more. Donnie has also worked most every amateur event that has ever been hosted in the State.
Donnie was the was the chief of officials for the United States Kick Boxing Association under its President, the late Paul Rosner.
Donnie said: “It has been great to see the evolution of our sport from point fighting to MMA. It is an honor and a privilege to work in New Jersey with a great group of individuals. If only MMA had been around in the 1970’s! Some of us old timers would have loved to have gotten in the cage!”
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.