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Patrick Harries - 1945-2019.

8th December


The funeral service for Patrick (Paddy) Harries will take place at Yeovil Crematorium, Bunford Lane, Yeovil BA20 2EJ, on Wednesday 18th December at 12.40pm.

Family flowers only please, but donations, if desired, will be collected after the service for the RNLI and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Trust.

Or, c/o Peter Jackson Funeral Services, Mons, High Street, Henstridge, BA8 0RB / Tel: 01963 362570. All are welcome to attend.

1st December

We are extremely sad to announce that Patrick passed away at his family home on Friday evening, 29th November 2019.  

His family would like to express their sincere thanks for all the kind gestures and support that Patrick and family have received; not only in the last few weeks, but throughout the 2 years of illness following his stroke.

Patrick had a great passion for Tai Chi and Chi Kung and was in his element when teaching his students. It was always his greatest desire to get back to teaching over the past couple of years.

We’ll post another update here in due course about funeral arrangements, but in the meantime, please feel free to send an email to Patrick’s wife Anne anne@eaharries.co.uk, or write to the address displayed on the contact page.

Thank you, and warm wishes on behalf of Anne and family.

Welcome to CORE health!

Clubs currently run in Dorset & South Somerset although we are always looking for new venues and welcome enquiries from interested groups in East Devon, Dorset, West Witshire & Somerset.

Students are of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some come with STRESS & other HEALTH problems, others for RELAXATION & FUN, still others to study for its own rewards and some out of plain curiosity. Maximum size of attendance at any one session is limited to 15, so everyone gets personal attention and can see what is going on!

Youngsters of school age are welcome, and are not required to pay Membership fees, provided that each one is accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a Full Member of the Club. There is no upper age limit and those with limited mobility, or who are wheelchair users, are welcome to attend. If someone has a Carer, then the Carer may accompany their Caree to sessions at no charge, provided that the Caree is a Member of the Club.

At this time, we have several members in their eighties and nineties; a number of parents bring their children along to sessions and their ages range from 8 to 14+.

PHOTO CREDITS: Those at Sherborne were kindly taken by David Durant, & those at Tintinhull by Simon Champion.

Routines taught may include:

Standard Yang Style Tai Chi -

(In due course we shall introduce the amazing Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan routine - only for the brave-hearted!)

COREhealth was founded in 1994 by Patrick Harries, the Principal Coach. Patrick was the student of Bao Naijian from 1986 until Bao’s death in 1998 and was accredited by Bao to teach.

Bao Naijian was the first Master of Sport created by the People’s Republic of China. He learned martial arts – including Tai Chi – and Traditional Chinese Medicine from his father & grandfather, but then became a gymnast at age 14, because he found that martial arts were not enough of a challenge!

Bao won the Chinese National Gymnastics Championship for 8 years in a row and then became the National Coach, a post which he held until his emigration to Shaftesbury in 1986. His status as a coach was such that he ran International Masterclasses for gymnastics coaches and was invited, at various times, to coach the national teams of Iraq, North Korea, Indonesia & Iceland.

After settling in Shaftesbury, with his wife and fellow Master of Sport, Men Xiaomin, Bao coached at Port Regis School and opened a Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as well as teaching Tai Chi & Chi Kung. Men also taught Tai Chi and continues to do so, even though she is now over 70!

As well as Bao’s initial accreditation, which he values above all others, Patrick Harries has acquired a number of other qualifications. He is a 'Recognised GP Activity Referral Leader', which means that doctors and other health professionals may refer patients to him for activity advice & practice.

Patrick is also a Level 2 Coach, through the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts, an Advanced Coach recognised by the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (of which he is an Honorary Vice-President) an Accredited Coach with the English Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Association and an Instructor Member of the Long Fei Taijiquan Association (GB). His most recent award is that of 4th Duan in Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong, achieved during a Seminar & Competiton held at the Beijing Sports University in April 2010.

Following Patrick’s Stroke in February 2016, running and coaching of COREhealth Tai Chi sessions has been maintained by Simon Champion. Simon is a long term student of Patrick Harries and also holds a United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) level 2 coaching award. He is also recognised as a coach since 2011 by Tai Chi Union of Great Britain and a member of the Long Fei Taijiquan Association (GB).