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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Hodges earns black belt

  • Vanessa Hodges, age 8, earned her 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do on Sunday, July 14. She is the daughter of Tracy Hodges, Forest City, and is a student of Master Steve Landgraf at Red Dragon Karate USA in Carbondale.
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  • Vanessa Hodges, 8 years old, earned her 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do on Sunday, July 14. She is the daughter of Tracy Hodges, Forest City, and is a student of Master Steve Landgraf at Red Dragon Karate USA in Carbondale.
    It takes years of training, dedication, hard work, discipline and heart to become a black belt; so this is just the beginning of Vanessa's journey.
    Vanessa plans on furthering her skills in hopes that in a few years she will earn her 2nd Degree Black Belt. In the meantime, she will continue taking her regular classes, black belt classes, plus black belt club, special forces team, sparring, and demonstrations.
    Weapons are one of Vanessa's favorite forms. So far she has learned nunchucks and kamas; she is currently learning the bo staff and the arnis stick.
    Vanessa hopes to compete in more competitions and tournaments in the near future.
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