As did his life
touch many, the spirit of Mr. Arthur Stinson’s character
continues to inspire and bring out the best of parents who receive
this commemorative certificate. As the tradition of the Arthur
Stinson Award (ASA), the life of the man memorialized by the award
fades into the annals of history. No one displayed more concern
for the well being of karate-ka, individual as well as organization,
more than Mr. Arthur Stinson.
During the late 1960’s
Mr. Arthur Stinson and son Michael Stinson were members of the
Avengers karate organization in Baltimore, Maryland. They were
the first “father and son” Blackbelt team of this
organization. This father & son dual were reminiscent of a
storybook father & son classic. They were very close and set
the perfect example of what a father & son’s relationship
could be. When the Avengers conducted events such as, promotion
ceremonies, karate tournaments, demonstrations, and other events,
Mr. Stinson was charged with the responsibility to “account
for the money.” The late great American poet Ralph Waldo
Emerson once stated, “Nothing is at last sacred but the
integrity of your own mind.” Mr. Arthur Stinson’s
integrity was impeccable. The Baltimore Avengers truly miss his
presence, which personified integrity to the highest standard.
The late former President
of the United States, Woodrow Wilson stated, “Loyalty means
nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.”
No one demonstrated self-sacrifice better than Mr. Stinson. His
commitment to the Avengers was unparalleled. No one was more loyal
to the Avenger organization than the late great Mr. Stinson. It
was obvious that Hanshi Hawkins realized this, therefore entrusted
him in areas of responsibility that he felt most assured.
Many evenings, when Avengers
karate-ka missed the bus to travel home, he offered them transportation.
On frequent occasions, he drove Avengers karate-ka to tournaments
and other events, never once asking for a dime. He taught and
trained hundreds of Avengers karate-ka from ages 5 to 60. Numerous
parents and karate-ka witnessed and praised his commitment to
the organization but didn’t give of themselves, as did he.
He always provided for the neighborhood community as if the entire
neighborhood belonged to him. Noted Arthur Elbert Hubbard once
said, “One great, strong, unselfish soul in every community
could actually redeem the world“. He must have known Mr.
Also noteworthy was Mr. Arthur
Stinson’s dedication to his country. While employed as a
Section Chief in the Maintenance Department of the Directorate
of Logistics (DOL), at Fort Meade, Maryland, he performed admirably.
His supervisor, employees, and peers only had positive things
to say about him. Mr. Stinson had a reputation as a humble man.
No one at the DOL ever knew he was a Blackbelt. His modesty and
unassuming demeanor allowed his great fighting reputation go undetected.
During the 1st Gulf War “Operation Dessert Storm”
the DOL was commissioned by the Department of the Army to serve
as the east coast Mobilization Headquarters to provide transportation,
supply, maintenance, and training support for Army units deploying
to Kuwait. His dedicated leadership and loyalty to his country
greatly contributed to the successful deployment of over 21 different
and diverse military unit organizations to Kuwait.
Mr. Stinson’s loyalty,
coupled with his dedication and trustworthiness, are in keeping
with the cherished traditions of the Avengers Karate organization,
the history of Shorin-ryu, and this great country.
The recipient of this award
has demonstrated consummate love, dedication, and commitment to
their child’s involvement in karate, which in-turn contributes
to the success of the Avengers Karate organization. The recipient’s
proven ardor, devotion, and support of his child’s journey
in karate has not gone unnoticed and is truly worthy of parental
Riley Hawkins Avengers Patch
The Riley Hawkins
Avengers Patch is the organizational patch of the Hawkins Avengers
Karate Organization. This organization has been in existence since
1965. Since the organizations inception, over 30,000 students
have been trained, internationally, in the art of Shorin-ryu karate.
The patch has 4 atoms circling the Avenger Pictogram. These 4
atoms represent the 4 colors, black, red, silver, and gold. Each
color represents a distinctive symbolization of character.
– The significance of the color black is interesting.
The highest-level belt in karate is the Blackbelt (the Redbelt
is the highest ceremonial belt in karate). Scientifically, black
absorbs all the colors of the visible spectrum and reflects
none of them. In physics, a black body is a perfect absorber
of light, but by a rule derived by Einstein, it is also when
heated, the best emitter. Thus, the best radioactive cooling,
out of sunlight, is by using black paint, though it is important
that it be black (a nearly perfect absorber) in the infrared
as well. In elementary science, far ultraviolet light is called
"black light" because, unseen (per se), it causes
many minerals and other substances to fluoresce.
The Avengers symbolization
of the color black is multifaceted. This color implies the highest
level of martial arts erudition. An Avenger martial artist should
consistently attempt to absorb as much knowledge that the brain
– the color red is intriguing. In science, red is any
of a number of similar colors evoked by light consisting predominantly
of the longest wavelengths of light discernible by the human
eye, in the wavelength range of roughly 625–750 nm. Longer
wavelengths than this are called infrared, or below red and
cannot be seen by human eyes. In human color psychology, red
is associated with energy and blood, and emotions that stir
the blood, including anger, passion, and love.
The Avengers symbolization
of the color red is multifaceted. This color implies the longevity
of martial arts knowledge achieved with tenacious energy is
akin to light wavelengths as mentioned in the above paragraph.
In addition, this is achieved with the assertive and relentless
passion to protect love ones when necessary. Also, the amorous
color red symbolizes Avengers entrusted love for the human race.
3. Silver – the color silver is fascinating.
Silver is a chemical element having the highest electrical conductivity
(63.01 × 106) of any element and the highest thermal conductivity
of any metal. Electrical conductivity or specific conductivity
is a measure of a material's ability to conduct an electric
current. Also worth mentioning, silver is a useful tool in the
prevention and treatment of sepsis and infections caused by
antibiotic resistant microorganisms such as MRSA.
The Avengers symbolization
of the color silver is multifaceted. The Avengers symbolization
of the color silver implies “conductivity courage”
and the safeguarding of love ones. As does silver conducts electrical
currents to the highest level, Avengers reflect the highest
level of “conductivity courage” by consistently
“conducting high-level universal mental and physical acts
of valor.” Additionally, as does silver protects humans
by preventing sepsis and infections caused by antibiotic resistant
microorganisms, Avengers seek and accept the highest responsibility
to perform as protectors of love ones.
- the color gold is beguiling. It is one of most precious metals
on earth. It is very difficult to find. This is because the
metal occurs as nuggets or grains in rocks, underground "veins"
and in alluvial deposits. Gold is the most malleable and ductile
metal; a single gram can be beaten into a sheet of one square
meter, or an ounce into 300 square feet. Also, gold is considered
in international competition as the highest achievement, such
as the “International Olympics.”
The Avengers symbolization
of the color gold is multifaceted. The Avengers symbolization
of the color gold implies one seeking high standards and achievement.
The color gold is considered “high value.” Avengers
should always seek the highest values and results.