baoBao Naijian (1936-1998) . 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 in 1956 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 Master classes for gymnastics coaches and was invited, at various times, to coach the national teams of Iraq, North Korea, Indonesia & Iceland.

Bao had the distinction of being number one ‘Master of Sports’ in China and had, amongst other qualifications, a degree in sports science.

Traditionally in China, martial arts and traditional medical treatments were taught together, so that injuries incurred through martial arts practice could be treated directly. Training also included tai chi chuan for maintaining good health. Bao learnt all these aspects and helped many family members and friends during his career.

After settling in Shaftesbury in 1986, 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! It was here that Patrick Harries became a student of Bao; Patrick received Bao's approval as an instructor and subsequently established COREhealth Tai Chi in 1994.