Xplore Rome 2013

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Sheila & Frank


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Frank Taherkhani (born in 1969) studied philosophy, German literature and economics. Frank has been practicing various martial arts since 1984 (incl. karate, jiu-jitsu and WingTsun since 1991). He is a self-defence teacher and runs his own martial arts school.

Based on his experiences in the fields of martial arts and self-defence and on his own passion for playful fighting, in 2005 Frank started to show people how to have fun play fighting with their partners.


Sheila Crux was born in a picturesque village, at the very heart of of Austria. At the age of twenty she leaves for Vienna, plunging herself into a vibrant metropolis and the joys of polyamory. Unbridled hedonistically, adventurous and with a fetish for intensity, she is a restless wanderer who values the benefits of being caught in the middle. The capital city serves as her homebase for many voyages, from Europe´s urban jungles to Asia´s arcadian country areas.

She has two decades of experience with BDSM under her belt, is a contact communication trainer and regularly teaches workshops on breath guidance and control, bodywork, rough body play and play fighting. She is trained in technical & cave diving, kayaking and whitewater rescue techniques – and loves to put her head under water..





When we play with interrogation, it can of course be all about getting the desired information. But then again, if we don’t go directly for “the secret”, who knows what other interesting things we might discover instead? If you think about it, interrogation play between consenting play partners doesn’t have to be about getting any particular answers at all. It is basically a setting that allows us to experiment and experience – most of all power vs. powerlessness. Wanting to discover the secret is an idea that gives shape to the setting, not a goal we actually have to reach.

So how do we create an interrogation scenario? We will experiment with various settings. One-on-one is only one possibility amongst many; also couples (e.g. good cop / bad cop, interrogator and assistant) can do the interrogation, or even a group. What topics can we talk about? What types of questions are best suited to making someone feel uneasy? We’ll introduce techniques to build up pressure or to confuse. Aspects of interrogation play could be: Lying and getting away with it. Telling the truth and not getting away with it. Finding out whether a person is telling the truth – well, if you care about the truth. We will also find out about the physical side of an interrogation scenario: body language, body positions, facial expression, and physical contact.

Please bring a bag with a few personal items. No, we are not referring to toys – but bringing some toys that may fit into an interrogation scenario is very welcome, of course.



Water Wrestling/Play Fight

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.