Joe Fiorentino will be inducted into Italian American Hall of Fame
I want to tell you about a amazing person who is making a difference in America . A volunteer , officer, and a Martial Arts Champion who lives in the south suburbs of Chicago. A Cook County Deputy Sheriff, and black belt. In 2008 was ranked number one in the nation director division grappler. A 15 time naga grappling champion and has won 7 Championship belts. He started training Martial Arts in 1977. He has fought over 100 fights in MMA, Pankration and Grappling tournament and has had to use his skills on duty.
Joe has trained in Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Shidokan and Takeo-Ryu. Joe has traveled to teach Defensive Tactics to Officers in different States. Joe Fiorentino volunteers his time to teach self defense to kids as well as the women and the elderly. He also works with the Next Contender foundation a organization that pays for underpriviledged and special needs kids to take martial arts classes. He has also sponsored kids to take Judo at Peterson elementary school in Chicago. He just did a Martial Arts demonstration and showed some self defense to the kids, parents and staff with a attendance of about 600 at Agassiz elementary school in Chicago. Joe was also honored to serve as Principal for a Day a mentor program for Chicago public schools. Joe has received the 2009 President`s Volunteer Serve Award from President Obama. Joe is a highly decorated. Officer receiving The 2010 Cook County Crime Stoppers Award.
The Illinois State Bar Asso-ciation Law Enforcement Award. He has been inducted into the 2009 United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Joe was also inducted into the 2010 Italian American National Hall of Fame. Joe has his photo hanging in the Italian American museum in New York and the American Italian Museum and Cultural Center in Albany NY. In 2013 Joe was awarded one of the highest honors in America The 2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Joe also does volunteer work for The Next Contender Foundation , the foundation pays for underpriviledged and special needs kids to enroll in wrestling programs and martial arts classes. Joe was featured on Channel 7 News Chicago. Joe has a seen in the Martial Arts documentary Put Up Your Dux starring Frank Dux. Joe has and continues to volunteer at many schools teaching kids and staff self defense. He is a member of The Black Dragons Fighting Society.