Bokwa Hits Peterlee

Sat, 2001-07-21 01:00

Pictured kneeling are Matthew and Alison Turnbull with Leanne Tinkler furthest right

East Durham College showcase the latest fitness craze ‘BOKWA’ to help raise funds for Charity Trip.

A new African inspired fitness craze is set to hit County Durham. Move over Zumba, Bokwa is in town!

Local fitness instructor, Alison Turnbull, who is qualified to teach Level 3 Bokwa, has teamed up with a local college to launch the first Bokwa classes in the area.

Bokwa is an intense cardiovascular workout combined with South African war dance, Capoeira, Kickboxing and Steps.

BOKWA, is a trademarked name derived from a combination of two words. "BO" represents the light boxing and "KWA" representing the cultural and traditional dance Kwaito, hence, BOKWA was born.

“Bokwa builds strength and endurance driven by the pulsating rhythmic beats of African, Latin, Popular dance and House music. It’s great fun too,” explains Alison.

The classes will be held at Impact Health & Fitness, part of East Durham College’s state-of-the-art sports facility at their Peterlee Campus on Willerby Grove.

Leanne Tinkler, Deputy Sports Centre Manager at Impact Health & Fitness, said: “We’re always keen to introduce the newest fitness trends to help the local community keep fit and healthy!

“It’s a great pleasure to team up with Alison to do this, she’s a fantastic instructor and a true professional.”

The taster session will only costs £2 and all proceeds of the event will help fund a World Challenge Charity Expedition to Venezuela.

The first taster session is on Saturday 21st April from 10am till 11.30am with weekly classes then running from Thursday 26th April at 6pm.

Alison added: “The money we get from the first taster session will be used to help my son Matthew who needs to raise £4,000 to take part in the expedition, where he will work with a local remote community, helping them with basic construction, maintenance and renovation.

“So come along and join in the fun!”

Matthew Turnbull, 18, is currently studying his A Levels at Durham Johnston School and wants to help the World Challenge Expedition Charity during his summer break before heading to university.

“I’m really thankful of my mam and the College for helping me raise money for this life changing expedition,” Matthew said.