The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its inaugural class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the induction dinner gala to be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Meadowlands on December 7, 2012.
On December 7th, Louis Neglia will be inducted into the first class of honorees. Neglia will be awarded with a Lifetime Achievement honor.
Louis Neglia is a three-time World Kickboxing Champion, a former U.S. Kickboxing Champion, a Florida Karate Champion, New York State Champion, and an Eastern American Karate Champion.
Lou is an eight-degree Black Belt who retired from competition in 1985 with a career record of 34 wins and only 2 losses.
He starred in four martial arts related motion pictures (“A Hard Way to Die”,”Super Weapon”,”Fist of Fear”,and “One Down”, “Two To Go”).
Louis Neglia operates a kickboxing and martial arts academy in Brooklyn, New York.
Many New Jersey fighters have competed on his Combat at the Capitale shows held in New York City.
He has promoted over fifty professional and amateur mixed martial arts events in New Jersey. He has also held about as many kickboxing cards in this State.
He has held shows in Asbury Park, Atlantic City, Edison, Elizabeth, Newark, North Bergen, and Secaucus.
He is most recognized for his long running professional mixed martial arts promotion known as Ring of Combat. Every Ring of Combat subsequent to the first show has been held in New Jersey.
Ring of Combat events are notable for featuring promising local fighters who are later signed by large worldwide promotions. Some Ring of Combat alumni include Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza , Frank Edgar, Louis Gaudinot, Josh Koscheck, Jim Miller, Dan Miller, Kurt Pellegrino, Costa Philippou, Pete Sell and Chris Weidman.
Tickets to the awards dinner can be purchased by calling 201-538-4843 or online at www.njmmaawards.com. Discount hotel room rates at the Crowne Plaza can be also obtained by calling 877-227-6963 and mentioning the Hall of Fame dinner.
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’s 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 7, 2012. 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.