AKA Mousey, Grady is an Avenger who has vast international martial
arts experience. Recognizing his martial arts success is worthy
of research. He is a “Blast from the Past Warrior!”
born on Baltimore, Maryland’s, south side, and later, during
the fifties, he, along with his parents relocated the Grady family
to the Cherry Hill community. Later his parents moved the family
to Baltimore’s east side and finally settled on Baltimore’s
west side. Unfortunately, during this change of domicile he associated
with local street gangs, participated in street fighting, stealing,
and other law violating encounters.
the sixties his sister, the late Sensei Maxine Grady, joined the
Avenger Karate Club. While learning karate with the Avengers, she
acutely observed Hanshi Hawkins mentoring karate-ka not only martial
arts techniques but also how to deal with “life struggling
issues.” Having concern for her brother Mousey’s wellbeing,
she informed Hanshi Hawkins about his disparaging street life and
inquired about the possibility of Mousey joining the Avengers. Her
conversation with Hanshi Hawkins inspired him to invite Mousey to
come to the Dojo and observe a training session.
took the bait and was hooked! He was enthralled with what he witnessed.
While observing the class training session, Mousey was captivated
by the rapid hand and foot combinations of Hanshi Hawkins, the lightning
like kicks of Betty, Glen, and Michael Hawkins, the clever fighting
skills of Wayne Carlton, “Corkey” Bull, Bernard Banks,
and many others. Soon he began to eat, sleep, and live the martial
arts: quickly the Dojo became his second home.
late sixties and throughout the seventies he diligently trained,
attempting to capture the unique and successful fighting skills
of Avengers. Also, most notable, he changed his negative street
life style to one of a positive way of life. He renounced street
fighting, stealing, gang life, and settled for Hanshi Hawkins martial
arts tutelage. Many times his mother thanked Hanshi Hawkins for
being a powerful and positive influence in his life.
Hawkins has stated that his formula for dissuading
street fighting is “fighting.” In other words, Hanshi
Hawkins required all of his karate-ka to fight (spar) very often
at every class training session, therefore after vigorous training,
because of physical exhaustion, karate-ka didn’t feel like
fighting on the street. Hanshi Hawkins training sessions were challenging
and brutal. After an Avengers training session, Mousey, along with
other karate-ka, would have “cotton mouth” (acute dehydration),
physical fatigue, but felt good as a “kid on Christmas day.”
He enjoyed the challenge, genuine companionship, and discipline
that the Avengers Karate Club offered.
Mousey has stated many times that he strongly feels the turning
point of his life was when he joined the Avengers. He felt he was
“jail bounded” but by joining the Avengers, diverted
his once negative street life style to a positive way of life. No
longer was Mousie a menace to society, instead became an admired
Baltimore citizen. Mousie, along with many other Avengers, credit
Hanshi Hawkins for putting them on the right path and guiding them
to become productive citizens. Contrary to many other karate instructors,
instead of “closing the door to troubled inner city youth,
Hanshi Hawkins assertively invites them to become part of a positive
process of personal growth. The Avengers organization offers understanding,
compassion, enjoyment, self-actualization, discipline, and a sense
of personal responsibility. Riley Hawkins and the Avengers provides
troubled inner city youth, while facing life’s challenges,
a “new beginning on life” to become upstanding community
leaders. Along with the many martial arts victories, members of
the Avengers have successfully become doctors, attorneys, military
officers & non commissioned officers, organization presidents
and vice presidents, to include a Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland.
the winter of 1973, after several years of training, he requested
and was granted permission from Hanshi Hawkins to start his own
karate school, located on Baltimore’s east side. The inception
of his school consisted of 14 students. Fellow karate-ka’s
“Corkey Bull, Albert Hawkins, Michael Stinson, and others
assisted Mousie in establishing a superb Dojo, thereby producing
strong martial arts competitors such as, but not limited to, at
the time pee wee, Jeffrey Gills, and women competitor, Queen Taylor.
In the spring of 1976, worthy of mention, Gills and Taylor won in
their respective divisions, while Mousie became the victorious Blackbelt
division grand champion. These feats of success encouraged Mousie
to ground his feet and be guided in the direction of the Avengers
mission by introducing martial arts, and mentoring positive character
development in young people.
joined the US Navy in 1977. After departing Portland, Oregon, he
received military orders for relocation to Seattle, Washington.
There, with 15 students, he started the Seattle Avengers. There
he performed admirably adding another grand championship to his
trophy collection. Later on a ship in San Diego California, he began
the “West Coast Avengers,” which consisted of a student
enrollment of 55 students, competing internationally throughout,
Japan, Guam, Hong-Kong, and Hawaii. In 1996 while stationed at the
Belle Chasse naval Air station, his daughters enrolled into his
karate school. They made him very proud by winning at karate tournaments
located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette, Louisiana. The
“Grady Girls” performed in splendid fashion thereby
upholding the fine reputation of the Avengers.
is Shihan Grady’s desire that every child, especially Hawkins
Avengers youth, hear his martial arts story of how Hanshi Hawkins
changed and saved his life, in so doing, provided him a road map
to become a productive leader in community life. This Bushi has
over 35 years experience as karate-ka, along with over 30 years
as an instructor. Shihan Grady gives tribute to the Avengers martial
arts experience for his success of his military and civilian life.
has proudly served his country and retired from the US Navy as a
Master Chief Petty Officer, with over 22 years service. He was inducted
into the “Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame”
in 2006 and 2007. Currently, he is a US Postal worker in Louisiana.
During the spring of 2008, he started another successful Avengers
karate school at the YMCA. Shihan Grady’s outstanding commitment
to the martial arts, youth leadership, and community life are in
keeping of the highest standards and cherished traditions of the
Avengers Karate Organization and this great nation. May God bless
this Bushi with prosperity, good health, and long life.