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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. Stinson.

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 emulation.

The 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.

1. Black – 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 allows.

2. Red – 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.

4. Gold - 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.