Please read this application carefully. Application form is located at the bottom of the page. Deadline for submissions is September 22nd by midnight.
Thank you for your interest in studying rope bondage with us!
This application is for the Fall/Winter round of classes (September 2019 through February 2020).
We offer a progressive rope bondage curriculum for both tops and bottoms, meaning that the work in each class addresses concerns from both sides of the rope and builds upon the work from all previous classes. We divide this curriculum into two tracks that are offered on a rotating schedule: Fundamentals of Rope Bondage (Rope 201) and Fundamentals of Suspension (Rope 301). While students are encouraged to take each track consecutively, this rotating schedule allows those who need more time between 201 and 301 to take that time to further develop their skills while also providing opportunities for new students to join either track every six months.
The ultimate goals of these courses are to provide a solid foundation of understanding and skills in floor work and suspension work and to prepare students to attend other workshops, intensives, and classes with other instructors and be able to understand what is being presented.
We ask potential participants to complete an application process to ensure that we are the right fit for those who are interested. In particular:
- Our Fundamentals courses focus on Japanese-inspired approaches to rope bondage, so we may not be a good fit for those who are mainly or exclusively looking to learn more about decorative or Western-style rope bondage.
- Our Fundamentals courses are like college-level seminars: we focus on many aspects of rope bondage in the hope of providing a well-rounded understanding of the major concepts and skills necessary at each level. In order to do so, we ask that students complete a good amount of reading, reflection, and practice between classes. This level of intense study and commitment may not be appropriate or worthwhile for everyone and may not be a good match for those who are just finding out about rope bondage or who are interested in it only as a small component of their play.
- Due to the limitations of time and space, each course has a limited number of spots available. We want to make sure that spots are filled by students who are ready to dedicate the time and attention required to get the most out of the courses.
- While we do charge for those who are able to pay, the amount we charge is minimal (about $2/hour). The other “cost” that we ask of participants is a commitment to find ways to give back to the continued growth and development of a healthy, risk-informed, responsible rope community.
- Particularly for the Suspension course, we need to ensure that the minimum prerequisites are met so that everyone in the course can progress at a relatively similar pace. It would be unfair to other participants to admit students who significantly lack prior knowledge and skills.
However, we also want to be clear that the following factors have no influence on acceptance: race, gender, age, body type, creed, sexual orientation, or financial situation. (Those who feel the cost of the course is prohibitive will be admitted free of charge.)
About Rope 201: Fundamentals of Rope Bondage
PREREQUITES: a dedication to learning and a commitment to the study of responsible rope bondage over an extended period of time. (We highly recommend an existing “101” level of experience and understanding along with enough time spent working in rope that you know you’re really interested in and ready for serious study and practice.)
MAJOR AREAS OF FOCUS FOR TOPS: learning to tie well (fundamental skills for placement, tension, control, and structure); learning to recognize and mitigate risk; learning to communicate with and lead a partner in rope for various types of interactions and floor transitions; learning to fit the rope to the person (not the person to the rope); learning about preparation of mind and body as well as relevant body mechanics; learning to assess potential partners and adapt risk profile as needed; learning common forms and patterns and understanding the choices and reasoning behind them (included but not limited to: single and double-column ties, folded-leg ties; chest harnesses with arms free, arms behind, arms to the side, and arms in front; ladder ties for legs and arms; crossed-leg ties; armbinder variations; combinations of forms for full-body bondage)
MAJOR AREAS OF FOCUS FOR BOTTOMS: learning to recognize when something is tied well for your body (placement, tension, control, and structure as it applies to your body’s abilities and needs); learning to recognize and mitigate risk; learning to communicate with and follow a partner in rope for various types of interactions and floor transitions; learning about preparation of mind and body, both as warm-up and as long-term preparation, as well as relevant body mechanics; learning to assess potential partners and adapt risk profile as needed; learning to recognize common forms and patterns, understanding the choices and reasoning behind them, and understanding the implications of those for your body and experience in rope (see above for list)
About Rope 301: Fundamentals of Suspension
PREREQUISITES: minimum 6 months experience in rope, though also pay careful attention to these specifics:
- Tops: ability to make intentional choices about and to control placement and tension while tying; understanding of major risk factors in rope and appropriate methods for mitigating and responding to them; strong communication skills in rope; ability to effectively tie sustainable and well-structured single-column, double-column, chest harness of choice, lower-body harness of choice
- Bottoms: ability to recognize effective placement and tension for your body; understanding of major risk factors in rope and appropriate methods for mitigating and responding to them; strong communication skills in rope; ability to recognize effective single-column, double-column, chest harness of choice, lower-body harness of choice and which variations are most sustainable for your body.
If you feel you may not meet these prerequisites, we recommend applying for Rope 201 (Fundamentals of Rope Bondage). That course is designed to provide a thorough and well-rounded understanding of the foundational knowledge and skills that make for successful suspension later.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ASSESS POTENTIAL STUDENTS AND DENY ADMISSION IF THEY DO NOT MEET THE PREREQUISITES.
MAJOR AREAS OF FOCUS FOR TOPS: learning to select adequate anchor points and construct appropriate suspension points; learning to self-assess ties for suspension (placement, tension, control, structure); learning effective methods for attaching to ties and the pros/cons behind each choice; learning to effectively manage uplines and methods for securing them; learning to control the application of load/lift to the body and the implication of levels; learning to improve efficiency, understand the importance of timing, and gain a better sense of your own timing; learning to monitor a partner in suspension and how to respond to problems; learning to lead a partner in suspension to create various types of rope interactions; learning to effectively manage leading a partner through transitions in suspension
MAJOR AREAS OF FOCUS FOR BOTTOMS: learning to recognize adequate anchor points and suspension points; learning to self-assess ties for suspension specific to your body (placement, tension, control, structure); learning to recognize effective methods for attaching to ties and to consider the reasons behind each choice; learning to recognize effective methods for managing uplines and securing them; learning to recognize the effect of load/lift and levels on your body and strategies for processing and managing those effects; learning to monitoring yourself in suspension and communicate effectively; learning to follow a partner in suspension to create various types of rope interactions; learning to follow transitions in suspension
Please review the Rope Study Expectations before continuing.