Barker to Fight Her Corner for Britain! Karate Queen Emma Gets Call-Up Boost for World Championships

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A BLYTH schoolteacher hopes to get a kick out of success at the World Karate Championships in Italy next month.

Emma Barker, who teaches at the town's Bede Academy, has been chosen to compete in the shotokan event.

She said: "I have been involved in the sport for 10 years and I love it.

"I am looking forward to the World Championships and I will be trying my hardest to bring back a medal."

As well as competing, Barker teaches karate at the academy alongside Kensho Karate Club instructor Ross Temple.

Barker and Temple had to grade 20 of the 30 seven to 11-year-old members at the Academy, who have been studying for orange belts.

The students had to demonstrate what they had learned, including set routines and moves.

Karate has proved a popular pastime in the Academy since September - with a waiting list of potential members.

Barker said: "The sport gives the children so much.

"They learn about competition, concentration, behaviour and discipline and it boosts their selfconfidence. …