Water invites us to play, to fool around, and to experiment with our bodies under significantly altered conditions. As this is also what play fighting is about the two fit together perfectly. So let’s do play fighting in water, let’s do water wrestling!
What is play fighting? Fighting is energetic, dynamic, honest, and freeing. Play fighting retains all of that but without the destructive aspects of fighting. It also adds fun and joy. You get an idea of what play fighting is about, if you think of puppies fighting playfully. So it’s not about winning or losing, fighting against each other, it’s about frolicking around, having fun with each other. It means laughing a lot and it can be wonderfully wild. Play fighting is a consensual physical confrontation that allows us to feel our power and our partner’s power, and to feel how physical we are in a unique, intense way.
When we wrestle and play fight in water, we realize that the physical conditions we normally rely on have dramatically changed. The three most important aspects are: weightlessness, the fact that we don’t have to be afraid of hurting ourselves by falling, and the slowing down of our motions as a result of the water’s resistance. Many tactics that were promising outside the pool don’t work any more – at least not in exactly the same way. But on the other hand we gain many new possibilities. So it is all about adapting to the new conditions and playing with them. Safety and getting acquainted with water under the special conditions of playful wrestling will be an important issue.
If possible, please bring a pair of swim goggles, perhaps a noseclip (if you are sensitive to getting water into your nose), and / or a diving mask.
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