New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Dr. Robert Haley with the “PHYSICIAN” award.

New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame to honor Dr. Robert Haley with the "PHYSICIAN" award.

PRESS RELEASE (New Jersey) - 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, DR. ROBERT HALEY will be inducted as PHYSICIAN.


Dr. Robert J. Haley has been providing sports injury and performance care to combat athletes for over 20 years. As a chiropractic sports physician, Dr. Haley helped past inductee and Grapplers Quest founder, Brian Cimins, as the medical coordinator for the Grapplers Quest since its beginning. In 2003, Dr. Haley was selected as the head chiropractor for the FILA World Freestyle wrestling championships held at Madison Square Garden. Dr. Haley also served at many national and local combat sport events including the Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu Open, Abu Dhabi Pro US Jiu Jitsu trials and ADCC Submission Fighting Championship- North American Trials. Earning a reputation for his positive work with fighters, Doc’s Lyndhurst office became a go to place for many top MMA athletes seeking help. This was helped early on by Sensei Edson Carvalho and MMA manager, Chris Vender, who began to utilize Dr. Haley for the care of their athletes. And in later years, continued with fellow inductees, Karel Pravec and Paul Carnicella. Over the years, Dr. Haley has been privileged to work with many combat athletes at all levels, including Amanda Nunes, Vanessa Porto, Sara McMann, Juliana Lima, Andrew Sanchez, Plinio Cruz, as well as amateur MMA champions, Sergio Debari, Frankie Roberts and Juan Galarza. For years, Dr. Haley was a regular contributor to “Train Hard, Fight Easy” and “Train” magazines helping athletes learn how to deal with injuries. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and master’s degree in Exercise Science from Montclair State, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He also has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Marietta, Georgia, as well as, a master’s degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College.

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 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


Muay Thai Fighter / Trainer - Rami Ibrahim

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