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Karate is one of the more popular events at the Grand Canyon State Games, which are underway and run through July 30. Purple belt Michael Valentine, left, and blue belt Ian-Thomas Boyle were among the 30 participants representing the Ahwatukee Mountaiside Martial Arts Center at last year's Grand Canyon State Games.
The Grand Canyon State Games are often a family affair as the Callaghan brothers proved last year when they accounted for eight gold, two silver and a bronze medal. The brothers, with their parents Paul and Wendy, are Ben, Nick, and Jack.