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Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 3:22 am | Updated: 3:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Price’s Karate is on the move. No, the fledgling school in Queen Creek isn’t relocating. But after only 18 months of existence it is being recognized as one of the top competing schools by the International Martial Arts Council.

Queen Creek karate school kicks butt at tournament Price’s Karate is on the move. No, the fledgling school in Queen Creek isn’t relocating. But after only 18 months of existence it is being recognized as one of the top competing schools by the International Martial Arts Council.

And to back up this acknowledgment, the school hauled in five times as many medals as last year at the recent USA World Championship Karate Tournament in Las Vegas. “

We took 22 students with us and won 16 titles in several disciplines including sparring, weapons, black belt, intermediate belt,” coach Rick McInally said. “Last year we only won three titles. I credit it to the kids doing a lot more training this year.”

There were more than 2,000 competitors in the Las Vegas event, which was held June 30 through July 2. “

The Las Vegas tournament is the biggest karate tournament in the west,” said Dennis Price, co-owner of the school with his wife Dianne. “I talked with (tournament) director Stan Witz. He believes no other school did as well as we did in this tournament.”

And the name “Price’s” is correct since instructors include three of their offspring: Kenny (second-degree black belt), Becky (second-degree black belt) and Randall (first-degree black belt), all Queen Creek High School students. “

Our family has been in martial arts for over 12 years,” Dianne said of her clan, which has received a black belt family of the year award from IMAC.

And family is important at the school.

“We have a lot of family groups,” McInally said. “Parents sign their kids up, then see how much fun the kids are having and decide to join themselves. There is a lot of camaraderie and it brings families together.”

The Prices also hold a lot of stock in community awareness, having resided in Queen Creek the last 17 years.

The school will be hosting a national martial arts tournament on Aug. 26 at Queen Creek Middle School, with some of the proceeds to be donated to help the area. “

This will be our second annual tournament called the ‘Back to School Blast.’ Last year we donated over $900 to the middle school cheer program and over $500 to the Queen Creek Middle School library from the proceeds,” Dianne Price said.

McInally said the tournament is the biggest in the Valley. “

Last year we had about 250 competitors. This year we are expecting 350. It’s an open tournament with a lot of out-of-state schools coming.”

But if Price’s School improves on its showing in Las Vegas, those other teams may return home with empty pockets.

For information about the tournament, call (480) 888-2088.

LITTLE LEAGUE UPDATE

Most of the East Valley squads at the state tournament in Kingman are faring well.

Entering play Tuesday night, Mesa Eastern was 2-2, Ahwatukee American was 4-0, North Scottsdale was 2-1 and Gilbert American was 4-0. Mesa, North Scottsdale and Gilbert played Tuesday.

Ahwatukee had outscored its first three opponents 28-5 prior to a meeting on Monday with North Scottsdale, which had a 42-4 advantage in two games. Ahwatukee prevailed 3-0.

Pool play continues through Thursday with the top two teams advancing to playoff action on Friday. The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday with the West Regional set for Aug. 4-12 in San Bernardino, Calif.

Visit eteamz.active.com/KingmanLittleLeague/ for updated scores.

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