Water invites us to play and to experiment with our bodies under significantly altered conditions. When we wrestle in water, we realize that the physical conditions we normally rely on have dramatically changed. The most important aspects are: breathing, 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 anymore – at least not in exactly the same way. But on the other hand we gain new possibilities. Water wrestling is a consensual confrontation that allows us to feel our power and our partner’s power, and to experience how physical we are in a unique, intense way.
Safety and getting acquainted with water under the special conditions of playful wrestling will be an important issue.
Optional: Neopren suit or shirt, a pair of swim goggles, perhaps a nose clip (if you are sensitive to getting water into your nose) or a diving mask.
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