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Stumblebums nearly knock off Nagle

by One opponent consistently bested Jersey City Karate expert Don Nagle: the shot glass. A certain match almost turned out to be his last. Late one night, Don Nagle arrived home so drunk that he could barely walk. Two men … Continue reading

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Don Nagle spearheads a Heights raid

by The Reprobate parked his ’74 Oldsmobile 98 across the street from Lupe’s house on Hutton. As always, before unlocking the door to get out of the car, the Reprobate glanced up the block. Walking down the other side of … Continue reading

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Don Nagle and White Rose frozen foods

by Don Nagle, Karate expert and Jersey City police officer, had a part-time job in the office at White Rose frozen foods, then located just outside the Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel. Don’s job was tracking overages and shortages. … Continue reading

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Don Nagle protects the consumer

by Jersey City Karate expert Don Nagle practiced a form of consumer protection. Whenever a martial arts studio opened in Hudson County, Don Nagle visited while a class was in progress. Don then challenged the teacher and nearly inevitably delivered … Continue reading

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Don Nagle at the Astor Bar

by In the mid-70s, two students from Jersey City State would regularly stop at the Astor Bar after classes. Between 3PM and 5PM, the place was very quiet — unlike the boisterous student hangouts. The college kids would get a … Continue reading

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Don Nagle’s pocket book

by Always the innovator, Don Nagle, Jersey City Police Officer and Martial Arts expert, developed methods that made it unnecessary for law enforcement to run after the bad guys. Don had ways of tricking the bad guys into chasing after … Continue reading

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Frankie DePaula knocked Don Nagle out cold during a bar-room brawl in a Union City.

by Jersey City Police Officer Don Nagle (now deceased) is widely acknowledged as having been one of the pioneer martial artists in the United States. Nagle’s Karate school was the first of its kind on the East Coast. Despite his … Continue reading

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I saw Don Nagle in action twice.

by In 1976, I worked loading trucks at White Rose Frozen Foods (just outside the Holland Tunnel). Karate expert Don Nagle had a part-time job there in the office. I saw Don Nagle in action twice (though in relatively low-intensity … Continue reading

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