5 Class Sessions (1 Class per Month, 2.5 Hours per Class)
* Cost is for entire course and includes all 5 class session (12.5 hours of total instruction); Discounts and full scholarships available
About the Course
This course focuses on more advanced concepts and skills of rope bondage and offers strategies to help participants work together from both sides of the rope as the ties become more challenging and are put under load through partial suspension.
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 201 or equivalent – Minimum 6 months experience in rope
- 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.
- Advanced Rope Practice Strategies & Exercises
- Mindfulness in Rope
- Reverse Engineering in Rope
- Timing in Rope
- Working Together & Communicating in Rope for Partial Suspension
- Body Mechanics in Partial Suspension
- Risks & Responding to Issues in Partial Suspension
- Active Bottoming and Processing Stress in Partial Suspension
- Preparing the Body for Partial Suspension
- Suspension Basics:
- Identifying Suitable Anchor Points
- Creating Various Suspension Points
- Options & Implications for Various Attachment Methods
- Managing Up-lines
- Working in Partial Suspension:
- Low Partials
- Standing Partials
- Transitions in Partial Suspension
- Predicaments in Partial Suspension
- Categories of Ties Studied Include:
- Advanced Ties (arms-free options, “tasuki” options, etc.)
- Arms-Front Options
- Armbinder Options
- Combining Ties (“ebi, hogtie, daruma, etc.”)
Adding suspension lines greatly increases the risks of rope bondage. Therefore, we expect students to have a firm grasp of the principles and skills covered in Rope 201 before taking this course.