Do you have fond memories the friendly, physical scrapping with your siblings? Do you need a outlet for the frustrated energy you feel after a tussle with your friends or with your partner? Do you have loads of playful Oomph inside and no way to release it? Or do you just enjoy being physical and silly with others?
This facilitated Playfighting experience is a great way to express your own physicality and emotions, and meet others in a dialogue of force or resistance. The 'fighting' is purely for fun, and always involves a self-regulated and fully consensual approach. (It’s not playfighting if either person is not enjoying themselves!)
During the workshop, you will work through different thresholds of proximity and trust, according to each individuals's level of comfort, towards an eventual rough and tumble arena (the Roughhouse) for freestyle sparring. We'll be learning techniques to fight safely including holds, escapes, falling, defending, and losing-with-aplomb, according own level of comfort.
To playfight and roughhouse is ancient and instinctual; many animal species do it as an innocent exploration of power and boundaries, and wrestling serves as the foundation for exploring human contact and ability in many cultures.
Please note that although we endeavour to create an atmosphere of safety, Playfighting is entirely at your own risk and bruises or other minor scratches may occur.
Roza established Playfighting UK with inspiration and practices from BDSM, contact improvisation, cuddle parties, martial arts, and her own rambunctiousness, in the hope of creating a regular peer-group and generating interest for more intensive dedicated play weekends. She is a professional facilitator of creative play and interactive arts events. Based mainly in the South West, she devises and delivers bespoke experiences for workshop and retreats. Her tools range from ritual through puppetry, poetry, games, stories, and theatre; but her aim is always to validate and affirm authentic expression. Rozalie has trained in Playfighting with International Bodyplay teachers Frank and Sheila, but has no specific martial arts background and mostly just loves to feel the force of other bodies, engaged in playful dialogue through contact and resistance. Rozalie is currently founding the Playfighting UK network and aims to establish a culture of regular peer arenas.
The 90 minute workshop at Togetherness will be a taster session to learn some basic techniques, have a practice and get you an idea of what to expect from Playfighting experiences.