New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Paul Carnicella with the ” TRAINER” award

New Jersey (Mon, November 20, 2017)– The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its sixth class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the sixth dinner gala to be held at The Event Center in iPlay America in Freehold, NJ on December 1, 2017.

On December 1st, Paul Carnicella will be inducted as Trainer.


My Martial Arts background began with Karate and Kickboxing in 1979. I then switched to Boxing in 1989 where shortly after I began to train and then compete in the NJ Golden Gloves. In early 1993 I began my career with the Newark Police Department. Assignments included Newark SWAT, Fugitive Squad. I was then asked to lead the Defensive Tactics Program at the Academy where I still currently teach. During my time I was selected to join a panel of Defensive Tactics Instructors throughout the state to standardize The Defensive Tactics program for the Police Training Division in NJ which regulates Police Recruit training. I was responsible for Training Defensive Tactics to Numerous SWAT teams and Military Special Forces units internationally during my 25 years with the Police Department. While working as a detective in Newark I began studying and competing in RUSSIAN Sambo under Lenny Polykov in 1995. It was in early 2000 I was introduced to Edson Carvalho National Judo and BJJ champion from Brazil and Black Belt under Carlson Gracie Sr. He encouraged me to compete where I won my first world Master’s tournament in Brazil. I then received my Black Belt in 2008 becoming Edson Carvalho’s first American black belt to start as a white belt. I currently hold a second degree awaiting my third. I then opened my own Gym where I trained numerous champions in Mixed Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu -Jitsu Boxing and Kickboxing in both amateur and professional levels Fighters are former Ring of Combat champion and current Bellator fighter Frank Buenafuente. Ring of Combat Champion and Former UFC fighter Mike Massenzio, current UFC fighter Ulka Sasaki , Current Former CFFC champion Chris Birchler Former CFFC champion Plinio Cruz and former Bellator fighter Ryan Contaldi.

We hope you will join us on December 1, 2017. 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 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:

2017 Sixth Class Inductee Awards

MMA Fighter – Jimmie Rivera

Grappler – Gary Tonon

Coach – Karel Pravec

Trainer – Paul Carnicella

Female fighter – Kaitlyn Chookagain

Fighter / Referee – Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro

Fighter / Trainer – Jamal Patterson

Wrestling – Mike Malinconico

Boxing – Jackie Atkins

Trainer – Ronnie Schulmann

Lifetime Achievement Award – Billy Scott

Promoter – Kurt Otto

Announcer – Nino Del Buono

Boxer – Virgil Hill

Ringside physician – Dr. Eric Wurmser

NJSACB Official – Henry Krawiec

Promoter – Kipp Kollar

Physician – Dr. Robert Haley

Media – Mike Straka




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