Our photo theme this week is “Get Physical” — physical education and culture that spans dynasties. Kung fu, qigong, elderly square dancing, and everything in between.

Qigong — a lesser-known, and still sometimes misunderstood health practice. Monks use it to break steel bars over their heads, but your grandpa uses it to wake his muscles up in the morning. The “Chinese yoga” combines breathing, movement, and the concept of qi to strengthen internal organs, flush out blockages, heal injuries, and more. Nowadays you can even get prescribed qigong therapy at the hospital in China.

The Eight Section Brocade form is one of the most common and widely practiced routines worldwide. We dig this old school picture, and respect all the folks who educated themselves from material like this. But for clarity’s sake, here’s a narrated video too. Happy practicing.