Rope 401

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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 advanced concepts and skills for full suspension rope bondage and offers strategies to help participants work together from both sides of the rope in a range of positions and transition sequences.

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.


Prerequisites

Rope 301 or equivalent – Minimum 10 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; ability to effectively create common anchor-point, suspension-point, and attachment options and understand the implications of each option; ability to effectively manage up-line creation and common lock-offs; familiarity with monitoring and communicating with a partner in partial suspension; basic understanding of how load effects a tie and the relevant implications for structure and position
  • 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; ability to recognize effective anchor-point, suspension-point, attachment options, and up-line creation and lock-offs and understand the implication of each option; familiarity with monitoring yourself and communicating with a partner in partial suspension; basic understanding of how load effects a tie and the relevant implications for structure and position specific to your body and its needs

Key Concepts:

  • Advanced Rope Practice Strategies & Exercises
  • Working Together & Communicating in Rope for Full Suspension
  • Body Mechanics in Full Suspension
  • Risks & Responding to Issues in Full Suspension
  • Active Bottoming and Processing Stress in Full Suspension
  • Preparing the Body for Full Suspension
  • Key Concepts for Full Suspension:
    • Entering & Exiting
    • Levels
    • Order
    • Positioning & Timing
  • Working in Full Suspension:
    • Face Up Suspension
    • Side Suspension
    • Face Down Suspension
    • Inversions & Torsions
    • Upright Suspension & Suspension to a Pole (“hashira”)
    • Transitions in Suspension
    • Predicaments in Suspension
  • Categories of Ties Studied Include:
    • Hip Harness Options
    • Advanced Takatekote Study
    • Advanced Armbinder Study
    • Hair Rope & Other Props in Suspension

Adding suspension lines and entering full suspension greatly increases the risks of rope bondage. Therefore, we expect students to have a firm grasp of the principles and skills covered in Rope 301 before taking this course.