Louis Toledo, 10th Dan
Chief Instructor

97 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040

(973) 996-8066

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Jessica Toledo
Sensei (Sandan)

Tony Velez
Renchi (Yodan)


Louis Toledo

Chief Instructor (Hanshi)


Stacy Lituchy

Shihan (Godan)


Peggy Excell

Shihan (Godan)


Kim Simoniello

Sensei (Nidan)


Chief Instructor, Louis Toledo

10th Degree Black Belt

Louis is 56 years old, a father of five, four girls and one boy. Louis started his martial arts training in 1975 and holds multiple black belt degree’s in Japanese and Okinawan karate systems. Louis is a two time I.A.M.A Hall of famer where he received the Master Martial Arts Instructor of the year award two years in a row, 2008 and 2009. Louis was just resently awarded the Life Time Pioneer award

In May, 2010 Louis 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. Louis is a former full-contact karate competitor and a United Nations Champion. Louis is the founder of Shura Jutsu fighting arts.

Louis was inducted into the WHO’S WHO IN MARTIAL ARTS INTERMATIONAL HALL OF FAME, on November 20th 2010 he received the respected title of FOUNDER OF THE YEAR . More recently November 15, 2014 Louis was awarded the Life Time Pioneer award from the WHO’S WHO IN MARTIAL ARTS INTERMATIONAL HALL OF FAME making him a four-time hall of famer.

Master Stacey Lituchy resurrected her karate training in 2008 as a student under Hanshi Toledo, where she recently was promoted to black belt. Prior to studying at Maplewood Karate, Stacey was a student of Seido Karate, a traditional Japanese style founded by Kaicho Tadashi Nakamura. She studied Seido for 6 years, where she progressed to advanced brown belt. Stacy now holds the rank of Yodan (fith degree black belt under Hanshi Toledo)

Master Peggy Excell re-entered karate training in 2011 at Maplewood Karate under Hanshi Toledo and was promoted to black belt in May of 2012.

Peggy began her karate training in Atlanta in Cuong Nhu, a Vietnamese style incorporating 7 different styles of martial arts, such as Shotokan and Jiu Jitsu. She studied there for 4 years. She also trained for several years in Moo Duk Kwan, a Korean style with a heavy focus on traditional Japanese karate, attaining the rank of senior red belt. Peggy now holds the rank of Yodan (fith degree black belt under Hanshi Toledo)

Sensei Jessica Toledo Age 16, started her karate training in 2005 at the age of 4. She has trained under several different styles of Martial Arts; Kardo Jitsu Ryu, Ott’s Okinawan Karate, Kabudo Ninja Ryu- (combat karate) and Shura Jutsu-Maplewood Karate.

Jessica received her Black Belt in 2011 under Hanshi Toledo. She is currently a Third Degree Black Belt- (Sandan). Jessica was inducted into the “Who’s Who in Martial Arts International Hall Of Fame” in 2012 for “The Champion Competitor Award”.

She has participated in more then 30 Tournaments and has won over 30 Trophy’s and 22 Medals for placing First, Second and Third Place in both Kata-Forms and Sparring-Kumite in competition.

Renchi Tony Velez

A lifelong Martial Artist, Tony has trained in and studied various systems of martial arts, including Kendo, Aikido, Shorin Ryu, Chen and Yang Tai Chi .

He began his training in American GOJU, and earned a Black Belt in that style in 1986. He was an active full contact karate competitor before joining the Army in 1986 and upon his return home he received an honorary black belt in Tae Kwon Do for his work with Staten Island’s Stapleton Village Community Center where he provided free karate and self defense courses to disadvantaged and at risk youth.

Tony has led self defense workshops, taught karate or provided Introduction to Karate courses for organizations such as: New York’s Outward Bound, The Central Park Conservancy’s North Meadow Recreation Center and Basket Ball City. He has also been a visiting instructor for NYC’s Parks Enforcement Patrol, concentrating on passive physical control and pain compliance based workshops. He continues to train in traditional Okinawan Karate and Iaido (Japanese Swordsmanship).

Tony came to Maplewood Karate in 2014 and currently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt (Yodan) under Hanshi Louis Toledo.
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