Tong Baomin, a Chinese social sports instructor, has volunteered with China’s national fitness program for over 10 years.
Joining the tide of live streaming, Tong recently moved her fitness classes online. So far, he has delivered more than 300 hours of free lessons on the Internet and has become very popular with many sports enthusiasts.
Tong’s connection to the national fitness program was established in 2008. That year the Beijing Olympics were held and he graduated from Beijing Sports University.
“A large number of people were seen doing sports and physical exercises in the streets.” Tong said the Olympics had awakened people’s interest in sports, which made her realize that her academic background could be of great help.
On China’s first National Fitness Day, which fell on August 8, 2009, a Tai Chi performance was performed at Beijing’s Olympic Park by about 34,000 people, including Tong and his team. Tong is quite proud of this experience. “They were all eager to participate, but a lot of them couldn’t make the right moves. That was exactly where I could help,” he recalled.
This experience further aroused Tong’s enthusiasm. Since then, he devotes more time to teaching Tai Chi in the neighborhood and has managed to acquire a state diploma as a social sports instructor, which helps him better in his voluntary services.
In addition, Tong has made more than 30 videos about Tai Chi, Kung Fu Fan and Kung Fu Umbrella, as well as 30 pictures and texts explaining movement breakdowns.
“Every year, we create new martial arts routines and set new standards based on their development, to provide more choices for the public,” Tong said.
Chinese people are becoming more fitness conscious and more and more of them are participating in fitness activities. In recent years, Tong has spent almost every weekend and public holiday offering volunteer fitness services.
“I’m always busy on weekends and holidays because there are a lot more people doing fitness exercises on those days,” he told People’s Daily.
Over the past 10 years, Tong has visited more than 60 cities across China to take sports lessons, from where he has witnessed the increasingly important status of sports in the daily lives of Chinese citizens.
“People become more passionate about sports, and they also gain a higher sense of fulfillment and happiness,” Tong said.
In 2014, China updated the national fitness program into a national strategy, which was followed by the release of a series of documents on improving sports facilities and creating a public service system. high level for national fitness.
According to statistics released in 2020, 37.2% of Chinese citizens aged seven and above frequently participated in physical exercise, up 3.3% from the 2014 figure, and 90.4% of Chinese citizens measured physical build standards, up 0.8% from that. in 2014.
Tong believes that the training of social sports instructors should become more systematic and practice-focused as the national fitness system improves more and more. Therefore, he would constantly record great experiences and practices that he sees.
Three years ago, he joined a research activity organized by the social sports teaching center under the General Administration of Sports, during which he visited two social sports teaching stations in Fuyang, in East China’s Anhui Province, and participated in a local sports event for farmers.
This trip left a deep impression on him. “How to make people interested and passionate about sports is a very important topic. Communicating with my peers inspired me a lot,” he said.
In recent years, many sports enthusiasts, physical education teachers, athletes and sports researchers have joined the National Physical Fitness Voluntary Services, more and more expanding the group of social sports instructors. It is reported that by the end of 2021, more than 2.7 million social sports instructors had obtained proficiency level certificates, and there were 1.91 social sports instructors for every 1,000 Chinese nationals.
“I am a social sports instructor and I hope I can turn more people into sports fans through my professionalism,” Tong said.