xplore Berlin 2013

Chastity - Live in Concert


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Frank Taherkhani

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Frank Taherkhani (born in 1969) studied philosophy, German literature and economics; for his Master’s degree he wrote his thesis on ‘Prejudices’ and is writing on the same topic for his doctoral dissertation. 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, in 2005 Frank started to show people how to have fun play fighting with their partners.

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While holding forms an integral part of many physical interactions, and while it can, by itself, generate intense emotions and sensations, it is rarely investigated on its own merit. Many people are simply not aware of the special skills involved in holding a partner in such a way that generates an enjoyable experience. But in the same way that a kiss is not a kiss, a hug is not a hug. And often we do not actually feel safely held, even though that is what we long for (we can only truly let go when we know that someone will be there to hold us). Once we understand what it is that makes being held a less than satisfying experience, we can be clearer about what it is that we wish to feel in an embrace and where to place our attention.



In the workshop we will focus on the flexible, measured exchange and the experience of strength. Sometimes we are not even aware of the fact that our partner would like to feel our strength. But anyway, how much strength feels right? We will find that it is not only important how to hold someone but also whether the way we are holding them meets their needs and wishes in a particular moment. Or maybe they do not wish to be held at all.





As well as with “normal” hugs we will experiment with different other ways of holding someone. Holding will be understood as a means and an instrument that can be used and interpreted in various ways. We will be looking at the entire spectrum from the caring, protective embrace to playful martial grappling where we can test the limits of our strength.

Frank is passionate about holding. His workshop will draw inspiration from his own and his partners’ experiences, from play fighting as he teaches it in his workshops, as well as from martial arts.