Rope 301

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Rope 301 is a six-month, in-depth study of the fundamental concepts and skills of rope bondage suspension for both tops and bottoms. The main focus is on natural-fiber rope in the Japanese style (typically called shibari or kinbaku), but many of the concepts can be adapted for other styles.


Prerequisites

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.

Key Concepts for Tops & Bottoms

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

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

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.

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