Rope 201

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6 Class Sessions (3 Hours per Class)

About the Course

This course focuses on the fundamental concepts and skills of rope bondage as it applies to floor work and offers strategies to help participants work together from both sides of the rope.

The Foundations series of classes provide an in-depth study of the fundamental concepts and skills of rope bondage for both tops and bottoms through reflections, discussions, exercises, and the exploration of common forms and patterns. The main focus of these courses is on natural-fiber rope techniques (often associated with the Japanese style of tying, typically called shibari or kinbaku), but the courses address and incorporate aspects from many styles and the concepts in the course can be adapted for other styles. The goal is to provide a solid foundation on which practitioners can continue to build.


Rope 101 or equivalent – This course requires 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.

Key Concepts

  • Tying Well: Placement, Tension and Control
  • Balancing Priorities in Rope: Risk, Efficiency, Intention, and Aesthetics
  • Effective Rope Practice Strategies & Exercises
  • Working Together & Communicating in Rope for Floor Work
  • Responsible Progression and Risk Profiles
  • Preparing the Body for Rope
  • Risks & Responding to Issues in Floor Work
  • Active Bottoming in Rope
  • Principles of Floor Work & Body Mechanics
  • Categories of Ties Studied Include:
    • Single-Column and Double-Column Ties
    • Simple Ties for Floor Work Options
    • Folded-Leg Harness (“futomomo”)
    • Arms-Free Chest Harness Options
    • Legs-Together Harness
    • Crossed-Leg Harness (“agura”)
    • Arms-Front Harness
    • Arms-Behind Harness (“takatekote”)
    • Armbinder Harness

Rope bondage of the type we practice at this level and beyond can be dangerous and is technically challenging. Serious study is necessary to practice it responsibly and well. It may be better to think of this as taking up the goal of learning an instrument or a martial art: something to which you must dedicate extended time and regular practice to gain mastery.