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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015.

On December 4th, Larry Cureton will be inducted for his Kickboxing.

At the age of 55, Larry *Thunderfoot* Cureton has accomplished a lot. From Jersey City, he got in involved in martial arts when he was 14 years old. In the 41 years since he has earned a 7th degree black belt and has studied a number of styles.(Go Kai Ju ,Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu)

Thunderfoot has fought in numerous kickboxing bouts and holds a record of 28-7 with 25 KO*s. He holds titles of WPKO World Hvy.Wt. PKF World Super Hvy Wt. FFKA North American Super Hvy. Wt, USKBA US Super Hvy. Wt. WPKO US Super Hvy.Wt, and the PKF International Super Hvy. Wt.(2 titles were after last photo shoot).

Thunderfoot even tried his hand at MMA fighting. He fought in the early UFC’s #5 & #7. That’s before they started wearing gloves. It was bare knuckle and no holds barred. I asked Larry about the experience and he said. “It’s just another form of fighting. But it lacks the discipline and the Bushido Way of the Warrior.”

In 1988 Larry joined the forces of the Jersey City Fire Department were he continued to fight in several charity shows on behalf of the Jersey City Fire Department, Benefiting fire victims and widows of firefighters. Thunderfoot, when he’s not fighting in the ring, has been fighting fires and served the City of Jersey City for 28 years. (He retired in 2012). But this 6’1”, 280 pound giant turns gentle when he takes off his gear. He enjoys touring the public schools of Jersey City lecturing kids on the evils of the streets, drugs and crime.

Thunderfoot is a RETIRED veteran firefighter with the Jersey City Fire Department, the town where he grew up with his mother and three sisters.

Thunderfoot also possesses talent in front of a camera and has modeled for sportswear and trade shows. He is interested in acting and his current aim is to land a movie deal. He has read a few scripts, but has not yet found one that fits his goal. He’s an extra in the Block Buster Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. With his past track record in persistence, it will probably be just a matter of time.

He is also a personal trainer, bodyguard, a poet, a photographer, a writer and an artist with eye on acting.

When asked why a firefighter. Larry said I didn’t chose the job. The job chose me. “I never thought about being a firefighter. I would see them running into burning buildings and say. Those guys are crazy. I took the test when some friends told me about the obstacle course. I took the test just to see how I would do. They called me three years later. I had forgot I took the test. But it was a great opportunity so I took it. And I’ve been loving it until I felt that it was time to move on. I retired July 1st, 2012.

Now I’m enjoying life doing what I want. When I want. It’s a great feeling”………

Larry "Thunderfoot" Cureton motivational speaking and poetry recitals at High Schools and Colleges across the country have carried a powerful and positive hip hop message.

Larry has spoken to audiences ranging from primary school children to board-level directors of some of the world's largest corporations, and speaks with honesty, humility and passion about goal setting, teamwork, success, failure, risk-taking, overcoming adversity and achieving what we set out to achieve, no matter how steep the odds. His reputation has grown into one of the best motivational speakers on the east coast.

Upon meeting Thunderfoot, you are impressed by his physical stature: 6 ft. 1in., 280 lbs of massive rock solid muscle. There is more here than meets the eye: holder of an impressive list of achievements as a boxer and kick boxer:

Thunderfoot is an individual who chooses to evolve while still being true by what the martial arts have taught him. He is driven by a boundless spirit to create from everyday experiences. His intensity is infectious, poignant and inspiring. Did I forget to mention he is extremely funny?

We asked Larry how did you get the nickname “Thunderfoot”?

Larry said: “When I began working out I would train in the basement of a church. One day I was kicking the bag very hard. The instructor came in and asked, “What is that?”

Some of the guys training answered, “That’s Larry in the back kicking the bag. It sounds like Thunder!” That was it. The church was located at the corner of Ocean and Linden in Jersey City. Classes taught by the late Grand Master Ron Jeter oos……….”

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015. 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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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015.

On December 4th, Mark Shopp will be inducted as Pioneer Fighter.

Mark Shopp came from a long line of fighters in his family, his grandfather and father were both pro boxers.

At 12 years old, Mark began boxing at the Middletown boxing club under Bill Ballback, Vinny, Mr. Davies and a pro boxer by the name of Freddy Boyton. By 1978 Mark had won his first fight in an exhibition against Sean Brown of Trenton, the end of that year he went on to win his first Junior Olympics and two more wins in 1979 and 1981. In 1983 Mark also won the New Jersey State Gold Golden Gloves. In 1983 Mark left for the military serving in the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division, serving with the elite and training for over 7 years. Leaving the military Mark started Mixed Martial Arts training, which at time was called NHB (No Holds Barred).

On February 26, 2000 he fought in the first commissioned MMA event on the East Coast- Ring of Combat at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City under a promoter by the name of Lou Neglia.

Mark has trained with some of the best fighters in the world including; Bas Rutten, Coban, Gokor, Gene LaBell, and Renzo Gracie. While also attending seminars with Pete Williams, Guy Metzger, Oleg Taktra, Burt Valle, and Tito Ortiz. With teammates like "Big" Dan Miragliotta, Dan Fisher, Eddie Cruz, and leg lock Dave Lopez.

In his 34 years of experience, expertise and knowledge he is still training new and upcoming fighters everyday with schools located in NJ, FL , NC, and TX under his Pitts Pen Submissions Team, and is constantly looking for new fighters.

Here is the complete list of award winners:

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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015.

On December 4th, Carl Mascarenhas will be inducted as Amateur MMA Promoter.

Carl is the trainer of multiple MMA ,Kickboxing ,Boxing Pro and Ammy Fighters. He is a World Cup Gold Medalist in Kickboxing (WAKO) 1995 and a 1995-1999 4 x US National Kickboxing Champion. Carl is also the creator of the Asylum Fight League and has promoted over 600 Pro/Amateur Fights. Now promoting Asylum 49 in November.

Started New Breed Fighters in 2006 Then Refined the system of event planning and Match Making which led to opening ASYLUM FIGHT LEAGUE in 2008.

Currently Owner of Primal Kickboxing in Berlin NJ .1999-2008 Carl Has Been a Consultant for United Professionals traveling throughout the country and even overseas teaching school and gym owners how to grow their business in the Martial arts and make a great living while elevating teaching methods.

A Father of a great son CJ, whom  works side by side with him to give fighters a helping hand to get to the next level of Competition.

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015. 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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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015.

On December 4th, David Weinberg will be inducted as Media.

David Weinberg, a 30-year member of The Press of Atlantic City's sports department, began covering mixed martial arts in 2004, when the UFC staged a card at Boardwalk Hall featuring former standouts such as Tito Ortiz and Matt Hughes. Over the years, he has  chronicled the sport's growth in the Atlantic City area with stories about the UFC, Ring of Combat and Vineland-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships, as well as features on MMA's top fighters, officials, promoters, and referees.

Some of his articles in the MMA field included stories on Frankie Edgar, Kimbo Slice, Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller, as well as local MMA fighters such as Jeff Lentz, Mike Wilcox and Tim Williams, plus referee Gasper Oliver and judge Jose Tabora.

Earlier this year, Weinberg was also selected for induction into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.

Weinberg, 57, is a graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School and Appalachian State University (N.C.). He resides in North Cape May with his wife of 33 years, Karen. The couple also has two children, Ashley and Kyle, and are about to become grandparents for the first time in February.

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015. 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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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015

On December 4th, Tom DeBlass will be inducted as Grappler.

Tom was born May 14, 1982. He is the son of Tom and Debra DeBlass.  In high school he was a County Champion, school record holder Long Jumper and state place winner graduating from Central Regional High school in 2000. He went on to Graduate Monmouth University in 2004 with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education.

Tom DeBlass is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under Ricardo Almeida and world class competitor winning such titles as Pan American, National and World Championships in the Adult divisions. He is the only person in NJ history to win the North American ADCC trials two times. He is also a multiple Grapplers quest Champion, two time ADCC veteran, and one of the most respected competitors in the world of submission grappling.  Tom is also a former 2 division Ring Of Combat champion along with a UFC and Bellator veteran.

DeBlass opened his own Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy, in 2006, Ocean County Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His Academy host's 300 students. He has produced his own World Champion students, along with numerous Black Belts. He resides in Forked River NJ with his wife Delilah DeBlass with their two children Isabelle and Thomas.

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015 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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The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its fourth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the fourth dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 4, 2015

On December 4th, Dave Sholler will be inducted as Public Relations.

Dave Sholler serves as Vice President of Public Relations and Athlete Marketing for the UFC. Heading into his eighth year with the largest mixed martial arts promotion in the world, Sholler oversees public relations efforts for the organization’s 40+ live, global events and roster of nearly 600 athletes. In 2014, Sholler was given the added responsibility of overseeing the organization’s newly-formed Athlete Marketing and Development Division, which focuses on its athletes health, well-being, education, and career maximization. Today, Sholler manages a team of more than 20 full-time employees, as well as several leading agencies, while also serving as a key UFC spokesman at press events and on his favorite social media channel, Twitter.

Prior to leading the UFC’s public relations efforts, Sholler worked for UFC’s sister company, WEC. There, he helped build the profiles of top MMA stars Urijah Faber, Anthony Pettis, Dominick Cruz, and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

A native of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, Sholler is a 2006 graduate of The Richard Stockton University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Tiffany, and twin daughters Luciana Marie and Lindleigh Jean.

We hope you will join us on December 4, 2015 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:

Dead Serious MMA 16 took place on October 10, 2015 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. As usual the card was stacked and the night featured submissions, knockouts and close decisions.  Here are the official results:

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Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a rapidly growing worldwide sport so, as you would expect, it's popularity in the online gambling arena is growing as well. Plus, since it's still in its infancy, oddsmakers lines aren't as accurate as they are for other sports like football, basketball, and American football. What this means is that, someone who follows the sports and knows the stats of each fighter well, has a chance to take advantage of some decent betting opportunities, especially on big underdogs.

Betting online on MMA fights can add even more excitement to your fight nights, but it's important to get a handle on the how fighting odds works before taking that first bet. Unlike the common spread that one would expect on a football game, where one team is supposed to make a certain amount of points, in MMA fighting, the most common bet is placed on what is called a Money Line, or a single bet. Parlays (accumulations), prop bets, round bets, over/under, inplay betting, and method of victory are also popular fighting bets.

Also, it's important to note that, when it comes to MMA betting online, the meaning of some of these bets are different than they are in other sports. For instance, “odds” are indicative of how much you can win from a bet, not the “odds” of winning the fight. But, if you are able to test the amount of money that you can win with certain odds, you will be able to determine the “value” in a bet.

For example, if you are betting on a fight between a virtual unknown and a fighter that's never been defeated, the odds for the favorite are going to be abysmal. In other words, a $100 bet could have a payout of $10, or even 5 dollars. Although, some might consider this to be a sure-bet, the possible profit has no real value and the payout is too little to take the risk. Plus, if an upset happens and you lose, it would take a couple of wining bets to recover your losses. The key here is to use a bonus code and find the odds that payout nicely with the probable outcome that you've determined.

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Dead Serious MMA returns with their first show of the fall. Dead Serious MMA 16 takes place on October 10, 2015 at the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. For ticket info, visit DeadSeriousMMA.com.

And don't forget to gear up and watch the fights in style. Check out DeadSeriousFightGear.com for the best MMA apparel on the Net!

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