Fight for Fun
Fighting is energetic, dynamic, honest and liberating. Playfighting retains these qualities without the destructive aspects of real fighting – and adds fun and joy. Imagine puppies fighting playfully and you have a good idea of what playfighting’s all about. It’s not about winning or losing and going against each other, it’s about frolicking around and having fun with each other. It involves laughing a lot and can be wonderfully wild.
Play fights allow us to feel our strength and our partner’s strength, to feel our physicality in a uniquely exhilarating way. They open up a safe space for us to experience issues, situations and feelings that we might otherwise not look at. In doing so we discover delightful new ways to relate to each other.
We don’t introduce a simplified form of wrestling, but a unique concept with its own ideas. Since play fighting has totally different goals than martial arts, we’ve developed exercises and games that take you step-by-step into playful fighting, taking a closer look at individual physical and emotional aspects.
In this workshop we create a fun, cosy and friendly atmosphere and give extensive safety guidlines to inspire you to fight playfully.
Who is this workshop for?
For everyone who is interested in fun and powerful interactions. Previous experience with martial arts or an above average level of fitness is not required, but please be sure to meet the basic health requirements for engaging in sports and physical activity. Open to individuals, couples and poly groups of all genders and sexual orientations.
What to wear and what to bring?
Please bring soft knee- and elbow-pads, or at least comfortable clothing that covers your knees and elbows to avoid carpet burn.
All our workshops are held in a mix of English and German, as required.
Dates of our workshops
Participants wrote us:
“Wow! Awesome space. Beautiful flow of energy with conscious connection, as we transform fighting into play, re-learning how much fun we used to have as kids, when you could fight and wrestle with your friends, as an expression of play.” (Mark)
“I haven't laughed so much in years!”
“Playfighting? What a trip! What would life be like if you fought someone twice your size and both of you just collapsed into laughter?!”
“Playfighting is totally awesome!”
“No-one is really offering this work in such an accessible way. Playfighting can be a really juicy way to feel one's own, and a beloved's power, and also to explore what energy arises between you. Exquisite and potentially VERY sexy.”
“I am totally knackered after fabulous playfighting workshop. My belly hurts a bit from lots of laughing (yes, we had so much fun) and I am looking forward to proudly search and count several bruises in next couple days :)”
“Started off with whacking each other with pipe insulation foam to get us over our flinchiness. Then the exercises helped us work with progressively closer proximities until the energetic stuff was brought to an end with a game of 'zombies'!”
“Aaaah! Too much awesome to fully detail. Learned how to safely wrestle and pin our partners down (cue tons of tickling and laughter!)”
“My boundaries have stretched a lot further than I was expecting - a bit more of the overly nice guy has been eroded :) Great to feel so safe being a kid again!”
“Thank you Sheila and Frank for running such a fantastic workshop.”