Rough Body Play with Frank T and Sheila Crux












 Monday 26th January, 9am-1pm @ Prashana Yoga, Darlinghurst



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To Play Resistance and Overpowering  (4 hour workshop as part of the Sydney Festival of Really Good Sex)


Subjugation scenarios are among the most widespread and elementary erotic fantasies – many of us have known them since our youth. Yet only few of us act on them and create real-life scenarios where our partner’s playful resistance is overcome in a sensual manner. The primary reason generally is an uncertainty about how to realise such scenarios safely and consensually.


Subjugation games are a form of Rough Body Play. RBP is a very direct physical manifestation of BDSM. It encompasses everything from joyful scuffles to intense existential sessions. Its focus is less on tools and toys but rather on direct physical contact through physical dominance or stylized confrontation between a “top” and a “bottom” (this discriminates it from play fighting where there normally are no such roles). RBP allows us to experience our own strength and “power” in a particularly acute way. Despite its obvious physical aspect, Rough Body Play also features a strong psychological component. RBP aims to be enjoyable for all parties and is of course strictly consensual (as well as safe and sane), and thus distinct from violence. However, it derives its particular fascination from its unique physical appeal and its use of certain symbols of violence.



In their concept, Frank and Sheila blend elements of martial arts, play fighting, and BDSM; Felix Ruckert’s Resistance Play is also an inspiration. They will teach the basic know-how required for subjugation games and RBP, and create a protected safe space in which to experiment with and to experience one’s fantasies.



Topics will include: observing and maintaining boundaries, the “logic” of physical conflicts, the use of body language and facial expression, playing with physical “assault”, forms of resistance, strong to painful holds and grappling, trigger points, shoving, pushing, thumping, hair pulling, face slapping, controlled use of the fist, guiding one’s partner to the ground safely, using one’s body weight and pinning one’s partner to the ground, kicking, and the use of “stylistically appropriate” tools.


The workshop is intended not just for experienced BDSM players of all genders who are interested in carnal scenarios, but also for those who are seeking to take a first step towards BDSM (the focus on one’s body and feelings rather than on tools can be helpful here). And it further addresses anyone who, regardless of BDSM, enjoys these kinds of games. To those who may find the topic confrontational (e.g., those who may unfortunately have had to experience real violence) we would however politely suggest to refrain from participation (please contact us if unsure).



Frank T. Khani studied philosophy, German philology and economics; for his Master’s degree he wrote his thesis on “Prejudices”. 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.



His experience in the area of martial arts and self-defense and his passion for playful fighting came together in 2005. Since then Frank has held numerous workshops, both in Germany (e.g. at Schwelle7, Zentrum für sexuelle Bildung, Zwischenräume, Haus der Kulturen der Welt) and internationally (England, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy), primarily on play fighting and rough body play – he developed his own and unique approach to these disciplines. Frank has more than 20 years of practical experience with BDSM. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to Frank.



Austrian Sheila Crux (born 1975) has a diverse bodywork background – among other things she practices Shiatsu, Tantra, breath work, Contact Improvisation, Tango and martial arts. Adventurer with body and soul. Unbridled hedonistically and with a fetish for intensity, she is a restless wanderer who values the benefits of being caught in the middle. Vienna serves as her homebase for many voyages, from Europe´s urban jungles to Asia´s arcadian country areas.



She is passionate about sports, climbs mountains, flies hang-gliders and is trained in technical & cave diving, kayaking and whitewater rescue techniques. 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, rough body play, water wrestling, playfighting and female dominance, both nationally and internationally. Co-organizer of the Xplore Vienna Festival. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view Sheila.



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