Local Tai Chi teacher Lindon Rankin wins British Open Tai Chi Championships


(We’ll be seeing him at the Rio when they introduce pushing hands into the Olympics… watch this space!)

Come and join the Free Tai Chi classes at the Gateway Centre on Tuesdays at 1pm with Lindon



Every Thursday at 1pm there is a Zumba class at The Gateway Centre which is free and open for everyone of all ages and all fitness levels. Zumba is a latin-inspired dance-aerobic-fitness class which (apart from the exotic locations, new york taxis and 90s Top of the Pops inspired outfits) isn’t dissimilar to the below video:

The class is lead by Madeleine Duba who also runs sessions at Morley College – see the college site for more details – you have to sign up for a block of classes  here and time to enrol is now!

contact Madeleine at madeleineduba@gmail.com

New to the INTERNETZ? Or know someone who is?

Net Worx is a free and friendly workshop designed to help “n00bs” equip themselves to navigate the internet. The Gateway Centre runs sessions every Friday from 11 til 1, don’t be shy come along and learn how to use the web and connect with others.

Net Worx focuses on getting older people connected, on their blog they posted this video and encourage people to come along and have a go at making their own…

Tai Chi starts this Tuesday 1pm

All are welcome to come along on Tuesday at 1pm for a free class. Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese Martial Art, often practiced for its health benefits.

The following guidelines are offered by Yang Chengfu, son of Yang Jianhou, and are known as Chengfu’s Ten Essential Points

1. Straighten the Head. Hold the head and neck naturally erect with the mind concentrated on top.

2. Keep the chest slightly inward to help sink the breath to the dāntián. Sinking the chest also helps to round the back.

3. Relax the waist. All movements depend on the waist. A relaxed waist makes the two feet able to form a strong base.

4. Distinguish between solid and empty in stances. This gives stability and flexibility in movement.

5. Sink the elbows and shoulders.

6. Use the mind instead of force.

7. Coordinate all movements of the upper and lower parts of the body.

8. Create a harmony between the internal and external parts.

9. Maintain continuity. All movements are continuous in an endless circle.

10. Tranquillity in movement. Movement occurs while there is stillness inward.

Gateway Centre Healthy Eating Project: Every Wednesday 12 – 2pm

Come along to our Healthy Eating Project at The Gateway Centre where you can learn how to cook delicious healthy meals from around the world as well as cakes and other treats all as part of a friendly group.

Gloria, who is running the project, emphasises the importance of food both nutritionally and socially: “there is a lot we can learn from the different cultures and cuisines from around the world: as well as learning about healthy eating and good nutrition, this project hopes to help us learn about each other and to bring the community together.”

The sessions are free and everyone is welcome, come along on Wednesday at midday, there wont always be enough for everyone to have a full lunch – but hopefully we should all get to try some!

Gateway Centre Art Classes: Mondays 2pm – 5pm

Jeff, who runs community art projects, holds free weekly sessions that are open to all here at the Gateway Centre. Jeff describes the sessions as offering people regular access to a relaxed space where they can get to know other people from the community:

“With these sorts of sessions we’re aiming at reducing isolation by putting things on.  It’s something people can come and have a go at and where people can be together with others. It’s a friendly environment and people haven’t got to perform; everyone is working at their own level and in different ways: there’s no pressure to acheive certain goals. But it’s also about applying yourself and developing your skills and technique to accomplish something on a personal level. This thereby increases a sense of self esteem, through producing a finished piece of work that other people recognise and value.”

Above (from left to right) is a still life work in progress by Albert, Sher Baig with one of his drawings, and Pete Curtis with some of his sculptures that he brought in for others to draw.

Sher describes the place as friendly, where people can share their talent. He enjoys painting with jungle themes and uses intricate patterns. Albert is an ex-boxer and used to get prizes for his art at school but hasn’t painted since. He has now been coming to these sessions off and on since last year and finds the classes relaxing. Pete Curtis describes the sessions as not just an art group, but also as a social thing.

Everyone is welcome to come along next week and try their hand at some drawing and painting. See you there!

Networx Starts Again Today!

The Networx digital inclusion classes restart again today at the Gateway Centre at 10am, so feel free to come down, or bring somebody along that you think needs help getting online, or developing any basic computer skills! You can find out more by checking out their blog here http://networxproject.wordpress.com/