New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Steve Bongiorno with the "MARTIAL ARTS TRAINER award.

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New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Steve Bongiorno with the "MARTIAL ARTS TRAINER award.

PRESS RELEASE (New Jersey) - The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its seventh class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the seventh dinner gala to be held at The Event Center in iPlay America in Freehold, NJ on December 6, 2019.

On December 6th, Steve Bongiorno will be inducted as Martial Arts Trainer.

In 1983 at the age of 10 I started training in Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan USA. In 1990 I tested for the rank of Black Belt and currently hold the rank of 3rd degree Black Belt. I taught classes In that system for approximately 15 years. When you achieved the rank of Black Belt you had to pick a specialty, something you would specialize in so you can pass the information along to the other black belts so we can be more well rounded martial artists. I picked weapons for my specialty but when the UFC came out in 1993 I switched to grappling. I started studying judo and other grappling based martial arts books and VHS tapes. In 1996 I found a Jiu Jitsu instructor. It was a Kanyona Ryu style of Jiu Jitsu. I trained in that style on and off for about 2-3 years but the instructor had moved so my training was intermittent. In 1999 I decided to enter a grappling tournament. At that tournament they had a super fight with a guy named Ricardo Almeida. After the tournament I read an article about him in a magazine called Full Contact Fighter. I found out he was teaching classes not too far from me and started training with him not to soon after. I have been his student ever since. When I achieved the rank of brown belt I became the first staff member at Ricardo Almeida BJJ and starting teaching classes for my instructor. On 7/11/2005 I earned my Jiu Jitsu black belt. I taught classes for him until August of the next year when he suggested I open my own academy. On 9/12/2006 I taught my first class at South Jersey Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I have owned and operated Sjbjj ever since and am currently a 3rd degree black belt under Professor Almeida. I have been active in the martial arts in NJ for over 36 years and look forward to many many more.

We hope you will join us on December 6, 2019. Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call201-538-4843 or visit 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:

2019 Seventh Class Inductee Awards
Gary Shaw – Combat Sports Promoter
Gordon Ryan – Jiu Jitsu
Kumron Vaitayanon – Muay Thai
Marlon Moraes – MMA Fighter
Anthony Ashnault – Wrestling
Gasper Oliver – Amateur MMA Fighter / NJSACB Referee
Dr. Stu Patel – Ringside Physician
Edson Carvalho – MMA Fighter / Corner man
Phil Nurse – Muay Thai
Murat Keshtov – Martial Arts Trainer
Jerry Fatjo – Martial Arts Trainer
Steven Bongiorno – Martial Arts Trainer
Tim William – MMA Fighter
George Sullivan – MMA Fighter
Andy Main – UFC Fighter
Jeff Lentz – MMA Fighter
Corey Anderson – MMA Fighter