Playfighting 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 and deliciously sexy.

Playfighting allows us to feel our strength and our partner’s strength, to feel our physicality in a uniquely exhilarating way. Playfights 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.
Our playfighting is not a simplified form of wrestling, but a unique concept with its own ideas. Since it has totally different goals than martial arts, we have developed exercises and games that take you step-by-step into playful fighting, taking a closer look at individual physical and emotional aspects.

We create a cosy and friendly atmosphere and give extensive safety guidelines to inspire you to fight playfully and enjoy this exhilarating new way of relating to each other.


For everyone who is interested in fun and powerful interactions. For newcomers and experienced playfighters, regardless of age and gender (our oldest participant was 70+).

Open to individuals, couples and poly groups of all genders and sexual orientations.

Previous experience with martial arts or an above average level of fitness is definitely not required, just make sure to meet the basic health requirements for engaging in sports and physical activity.

In case you have any questions please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to chat with you about it.


We recommend bringing a water bottle, anti-slip socks and soft knee-pads (or at least sturdy clothing that covers your knees and elbows).
Probably a spare T-Shirt, we move a lot!


Frank is a kinky German self-defense teacher who has been practicing various martial arts since 1984. With Playfighting and Rough Body Play, he has developed his own and unique approach to bring together his passion for martial arts and playful fighting.

Austrian Sheila, Franks partner in crime, has a diverse bodywork background – she practices Shiatsu, breath work, dance, martial arts and is a contact communication trainer. She co-organizes the Xplore Vienna Festival and is a restless adventurer with body and soul.

The two founders of the Bodyplay Academy are influential pioneers in the field of Playfighting and are constantly developing their concepts. Since 2005 they have presented their entertaining and educational hands-on workshops all over Europe and in Australia.


For upcoming workshops, check the calendar.