When I heard about a new axe-throwing experience coming to Adelaide, I instantly knew that it was going to transform the way my partner and I do 'date night', especially in the heart of winter! My heart skipped a beat at the anticipation and excitement around the new lumbered kid on the block. There is an adrenaline rush that takes over your body at the thought of undertaking a semi-extreme sport and when you are engaged in something fun and enjoyable around good company, you know you're in for a good time. Now, I must admit - my partner and I had a go at axe-throwing while visiting Chicago late last year. While he was sensible and (unsurprisingly) pretty brilliant at his skills, I was three cocktails deep, but surprisingly decent at it (or maybe it was beginner's luck. However, I wouldn't necessarily recommend drinking prior to axe-throwing, for obvious reasons)! There is definitely an art to the technique and the posture that goes into throwing the axe and ensuring that it hits the bullseye (or any target close to it) with finesse and poise.
After being in axe-tion successfully across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane, MANIAX Axe Throwing has finally made its way to little ol' Adelaide and is hoping to bring the electric energy that comes with the satisfaction of successfully hitting the bullseye with something as powerful as an axe. As someone who is perpetually known for her stress levels peaking at monumental levels, I cannot begin to describe the absolute feeling of euphoria that was experienced after having a decent amount of rounds of throwing axes at the target. Despite not being the best (but also not being the worst) at the sport, I believe that this can be a recreational experience that can be enjoyed both solo and in small group settings.
Taking up residence at the old Coca Cola Factory, MANIAX by couple Adam and Renee Schilling has embraced the rugged warehouse look and transformed the spacious 500-square feet venue to one that can accommodate up to 100 people in small and large groups (whilst maintaining social distancing for COVID-friendly safety purposes) at a competitive price point. Fitted with a four-tonne tree as the feature showpiece that welcomes you into the space, there are so many aspects of this inviting space that warrants a visit for a plethora of purposes, including gatherings with friends, couples' nights out (and away from the busy-ness of the CBD lifestyle), or simply to experience something unique, out-of-the-box, and downright magical! Sharing the neighbourhood with local delights such as Mister Sunshine's, The Wheatsheaf, The Gov, and Plant 4 Bowden (to name a few), MANIAX is the ultimate hotspot for couples, friends, and/or family to enjoy an adventurous start (or finish) to their evening in one of the most underrated suburbs in the Adelaide region.
If you love what this cool nook has to offer, you can even take your skills further by participating in one of MANIAX's renowned league nights as part of the International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF), where you can throw axes at a competitive level, in addition to meeting like-minded people with a love for axe-throwing.
What is axe throwing? Just as the name suggests, it's a semi-extreme sport where you throw axes at a target that is placed at a (fairly reasonable) distance away from you. It is also very likely to unleash your inner lumberjack / lumberjane / lumberX's ultimate potential.
Why do axe-throwing? Honestly, why not? With the way 2020 has gone so far, there has, undoubtedly, been a lot of pent-up quaran-tension that requires an immediate release in one way or another. Axe-throwing is a skill, but one that requires just a little bit of practice to hit that bullseye with poise and finesse. Ideally for those working in high-stress jobs, but welcoming to anyone with a love for hurling axes for fun and enjoyment purposes! It's also a fantastic option of stress relief, not to mention that it's a super cool hobby that is a grand step-up from shooting darts. It also offers a great workout for your arms - particularly the biceps / triceps region. Be prepared to feel a slight soreness in your arms over the next few days, especially if you don't regularly work out (as I am experiencing - but totally worth it).
Is it safe to undertake axe-throwing? As long as you have a stable upper body strength, you are good to go with axe-throwing. The axes are fairly easy to hold and as long as you follow the protocols around safe axe-throwing - as a solo or in a group setting - and have signed the participant agreement, you'll be in good hands under a consistent supervision by the legends on the field to help you every step of the way. Be smart about your visit there and ensure that you do the axe-throwing first, followed by heading to the bar for alcoholic drinks if need be.
As someone who is barely 5 feet tall and has the coordination skills of a newborn baby (aka not much), I can personally say that it's fairly easy to get the hang of the technique with the brilliant axe-perts on the field. I was fortunate enough to take full advantage of a cruisy two-hour session at their soft opening and being the designated driver meant that I didn't have the distraction of alcohol to hinder my ability of practising till I was better. I can guarantee you that at no point was I perfect at it, but I was able to hit the bullseye towards the end of my session, which was a pretty pivotal moment for myself! There are two sizes of axes to work with and I found the smaller axe a lot easier to hit the targets with. However, the friendly axe-pert in your area will be there guiding you every step of the way - from the posture to the way you hold the axe to the position from where you execute your axe-llent throw. And if you do a hatchet job, it's okay! Simply try again and again and again till you get the hang of it (and then you won't want to leave once you do)!