July 17, 2010:
Founder of Maplewood Karate Louis Toledo has much to celebrate. The local business showed its appreciation to their students with a family picnic full of music, food and the oft found sense of community in Maplewood.
When asked what he most likes to see develop in his students, Toledo replied that character building is paramount. The school emphasizes volunteerism, as one cannot receive a blue stripe on their belt to move onto the next belt unless some form of community service is performed. "Fostering humility is what makes these kids go on to be active members of the community." Instructor Joe Barnett claims that getting the students to focus is what drives his passion to teach: "Strong focus translates to real events in their daily lives, and fosters a sense of self-control." Instructor John Wolski claimed that getting the students to show "heart and effort" is what he most enjoys seeing in his students. "Each child is an individual, and reacts differently to instruction.
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Hanshi Louis Toledo was presented with the Champion School Award for 2012. Maplewood Karate students did well at this tournament, nine students in nine trophys out.
11|20|10 Who's Who in the Martial Arts International Hall of Fame
Hanshi Louis Toledo was inducted into the WHO’S WHO IN MARTIAL ARTS INTERMATIONAL HALL OF FAME, he received the respected title of FOUNDER OF THE YEAR making him a three-time hall of famer.
Also inducted into the WHO’S WHO IN MARTIAL ARTS INTERMATIONAL HALL OF FAME are two other Maplewood Karate instructors, Diego Dumas received the MMA instructor of the year award and Joe Burnett received the Sensei of the year award.
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Chief instructor Louis Toledo received the who’s who in the martial arts international pioneer award, for decades of martial arts commitment, dedication and production of fine upstanding students.
11|21|09 International Association of Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Instructors from the Maplewood Karate Dojo were inducted into the International Association of Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
Chief Instructor Louis Toledo received the master instructor of the year award, and Diego Dumas received the Martial Arts Master of the year Award. This is the second year in a row Hanshi Toledo founder of Maplewood Karate has received this award.