Ipponnawa Intensive (March 2019)

Date & Time:Sunday, March 31, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  
Location:Church of Kink Kawartha
(Peterborough, Ontario)
(To be provided upon payment)
Cost:$100/Couple or Special two-day price of $150
Dress code:Comfortable clothing, recommend no underwires for women

Within shibari, there is the practice of ippon nawa (一本縄), the use of a single length of rope; how oneness permeates every element of the universe: how we unite with friends, lovers, relatives, intentions – unity through oneness is an expression of freedom: “through unity comes multiplicity.”

A series of Kata (forms; 型) and henka (transitions; 変化) will be expressed in order to explore the application of “economy of resource” (the use of what rope is available), and the application of “Merihari” (cadence and rhythm; 減張), and how that changes whether a scene is sensual or sadistic, relaxing or exciting.

Hosted in the glorious Church of Kawartha Kink (CoKK), we will have room enough for a maximum of ten couples for this event! So send us your payment to reserve your spot fast!

Prerequisites

Skill level – knowledge of how to tie a single column tie of your preference and basic hitches (Such as the Munter Hitch and the Half Hitch) is recommended (this will not be covered in the class, though it will have been covered in our Beginners intensive).

About the instructor

Luke (Atemi) has been practicing the art of Japanese rope bondage Since October 2012, and began teaching and performing on stage since May 2015. Having practiced martial arts for 24 years, and leading a academic research team on the subject, Luke draws from a wide range of resources for instruction. He has performed onstage for MondeoseMorpheus Bondage Extravaganza, and Club M4, and has a fast growing public career in bondage.

For those intending to attend the two day intensive (both Saturdays beginners class and Sundays single rope intensive), there is a special bundle pricing of $150 for both Saturday and Sunday intensives.

  • For just the Sunday intensive, please send $100 to our PayPal HERE or Bank eTransfer to atemi.shibaridojo@gmail.com (use the password “singlerope”)
  • For both the Saturday and Sunday intensive, please send $150 to our PayPal HEREor Bank eTransfer to atemi.shibaridojo@gmail.com (use the password “masterroperope”)

For further inquiries, please email us with the following form:


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Beginners Shibari Intensive (March 2019)

Date & Time:Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location:Church Of Kink Kawartha
(Peterborough, Ontario)
(Will be sent upon receipt of fee)
Cost:$60/Couple, or Special full Weekend price $150
Dress code:Comfortable clothing, recommend no underwires for women

Shibari is the aesthetic and erotic art of bondage using rope as a medium. Lovers from around the world have been exploring this practice, but they all had to start somewhere, and this intensive is just for that. Whether you have dabbled a bit in the bedroom, or are completely new to this, this intensive is for you.

Atemi will be walking the attendees through everything from the history of shibari and kinbaku, to safety protocol, basic knots, and every tie you need to launch into the practice of Japanese rope bondage, no matter what direction you wish to take your practice!

Hosted in the glorious Church of Kink Kawartha (CoKK), we will have room enough for a maximum of ten couples for this event! So send us your payment to reserve your spot fast!

About the Instructor

Luke (Atemi) has been practicing the art of Japanese rope bondage Since October 2012, and began teaching and performing on stage since May 2015. Having practiced martial arts for 24 years, and leading a academic research team on the subject, Luke draws from a wide range of resources for instruction. He has performed onstage for MondeoseMorpheus Bondage Extravaganza, and Club M4, and has a fast growing public career in bondage.

For those intending to attend the Sunday intensive, there is a special bundle pricing of $150 for both Saturday and Sunday intensives.

  • For just the Saturday intensive, please send $60 to our PayPal HERE or Bank eTransfer to atemi.shibaridojo@gmail.com (use the password “beginrope”)
  • For both the Saturday and Sunday intensive, please send $150 to our PayPal HEREor Bank eTransfer to atemi.shibaridojo@gmail.com (use the password “masterroperope”)

For further inquiries, please email us with the following form:

Kihon Happo 基本八法

I often lecture that it is from the fundamentals that the infinite arises. The advanced ties are quite literally made up solely of the fundamentals.

Example of how just a few basics can make something a bit more extraordinary.

This tie (to the right) for example is made up of a simple Hishi Shibari (Diamond tie), two Futomomo Shibari (Thigh Ties), and a rope run around the models lower back to make the sitting position more comfortable to be maintained; all basic ties, that, in co-ordination, come together

“Kihon Happo” (基本八法) literally means the eight fundamental methods or principles. However, if you turn the number eight (8) on its side, it becomes the symbol for the infinite (∞). Thus, a way of reading this phrase is “from the fundamentals comes infinite methods.”

Or as it was written in the 17th century scroll of the jujutsu tradition, Takagi Yoshin-ryu Chugokui Mokuroku,

“修行專要千手萬手一手二結”

Takagi Yoshin-ryu Chugokui Mokuroku

Which means something like “Training is crucial; a thousand or ten thousand methods are linked to a single method.”

This idea of implementing several basics at a time also contributes to the “completeness” of the presentation, comparable to a similar principle that I often talk about in shibari, Shingyoso.

Takagi Yoshin-ryu Chugokui Mokuroku

The Eight Fundamentals

A sort of collection of fundamental ties that I like to make sure that my students are familiar with are as follows:

Kōte Shibari 後手縛Hands-Behind Tie
Kōtō Gōte Shibari後頭後手縛Hands Behind Head tie
Maete Hiji Shibari前手肘縛Hands Forward Elbow Tie
Futomomo Shibari太腿縛Thigh Tie
Teppō Shibari鉄砲縛Rifle tie
Mae Gote Shibari前小手縛Front Wrist Tie
Agura Shibari胡坐縛Cross-Legged Tie
Koshi Shibari腰縛Hip Tie

From these eight basic ties all other ties can be considered to be derived, so this makes for a groundwork with which to grow everything else. For ties on the ground, pretty much any iteration of these ties are suitable, and there are suspension-worthy versions of each of these. Even practicing extremely basic ties offer innumerable lessons.

2019 Theme – Ipponnawa 一本縄

In the effort of having a theme every year with which to direct my practice, expanding concepts, and going just a little deeper into the art, I really took a while (okay a few days of going around in circles), but I finally settled, though the deeper I reflect on what I chose, the more it demands…

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Examples of what can be done with a single rope. (Model: CutieTie)

Often times, I will refer to my research in classical Japanese martial arts, and the literature around that for inspiration, and this time was no different. This time around, it was from the teachings of a very old samurai school called Kukishinden-ryu. Within their teachings of the use of the jutte (a sort of sword capturing truncheon) there is discussion of the use of the rope for arresting as well as the use of improvised and concealed weapons (essentially, all small weapons should be used as concealed weapons). Within these teachings, there is the following statement:


一筋縄多縄仏心十縄の構
(Hitosujinawa Tajō Busshin Jūjō no kamae
“The attitude that a single rope multiplies into the ten ropes of Buddha’s mind.”)

(Kukishinden-ryu Jupposessho no maki)

This correlates to the teachings of the “Ten Oxen” (jūgyū; 十牛), which is a series of short poems and accompanying drawings used in the Zen tradition to describe the stages of a practitioner’s progress toward enlightenment, and his or her return to society to enact wisdom and compassion. Though I’m very much tempted to write out my own commentary of this resource here, I will simply link to the translation and commentary that i am working off of HERE.

Ryōte kubi (両手首) Both wrists binding, double column. Demonstrated by Yukimura Haruki and Kawakami Yuu.

All that being said, it is from the exploration of this idea and the implementation of using just a single rope, that we will explore the possibilities of what can be done with just one rope. This will demand exceptional resource management, ingenuity, and some nice tight ropes!

EURIX GUIDELINES FOR NEGOTIATION AND ESTABLISHING CONSENT

by Felix Ruckert, March 2018

Rope bondage is powerful play with your body and mind. It is much more than just decorative ties and spectacular suspensions. It is a practice that deals symbolically with themes such as torture, abuse, restriction, imprisonment, dependency and loss of control. It can be practiced on a purely physical level, focussing on technique, aesthetics and form. It can be an artistic collaboration, based on an equal partnership between the person who ties and the person who gets tied. It can have a focus on connection, trust and relationship. It can also be approached as an erotic practice, where sensual and/or sexual pleasure is the motivation. And it can be practiced as a game of power, a play with dominance and submission, where rope partners engage in a powerful psychodynamic encounter based on pre-established roles of dominant and submissive.

All these forms are welcome at EURIX and can be practiced without restriction, as long as the basic principles of “safe, sane and consensual” or “RACK – risk-aware consensual kink” are respected. We, the organizers, consider EURIX a sex positive space where BDSM play and sexual activities between consenting adults are permitted and embraced. In the long run, we wish to develop rope bondage as an art form and, in our view, this is only possible with the freedom to experiment with power relations, sexuality, extreme emotions and intense sensations.

As a newcomer to the event, it is therefore crucial to be aware of the power and potential dangers – both physical and emotional – such a space can create. If you are actively participating in EURIX as a rigger or model, it is essential to be crystal clear in your intentions and motivations before you enter into a rope scene, especially if you are playing with a person you do not know. The questions “Would you like to tie me?” or “Can I tie you?” can mean many different things.

Questions to ask yourself before a scene (rope bottom):

Are you looking for a technical, sensorial, emotional, sensual or sexual experience? What are your boundaries with this specific rope top? Are you looking for physical exertion or comfort? Are you interested in positively connoted emotions such as care, attention, reassurance and worship? Are you interested in experiencing pain, fear, sadness, shame or other negatively connoted emotions? Do you want a nice image where you look cool in ropes? Do you want to experience the expertise of someone with a professional reputation? Are you aware that every session is unique? That if you get tied it might look and feel very different from scenes you have observed from the outside? That a rigger you have seen tying in a specific way, might act very differently when tying you? That the course and length of your session strongly depends on your personal fitness, pain resistance, flexibility and rope bottom skills? That also very experienced riggers cannot do miracles all the time?

Questions to ask yourself before a scene (rope top):

Do you want to practice your technical knowledge or try out new ties? Do you want to create a spectacular situation or beautiful image? Do you want to challenge, stimulate or arouse your partner? Are you looking for an emotional or sensual experience? Are you interested in sexual activities with your partner? Are they aware of that? Have you asked yourself if your partner is interested in sexual activities with you? Do you want to play with power and submit your partner to your will? Do you want to play and act sadistically? Do you want to impress and demonstrate your skills? Do you want to seduce?

Are you technically able to end a scene immediately? Do you have the technical knowledge to take your partner down from a suspension in less then 10 seconds? Assisted Drop? Pulley System? (If you don’t, don’t suspend.)

Questions for both rope top and rope bottom before a scene:

Are you aware that – as long as negotiated boundaries are respected – you are both responsible for the positive outcome of a rope scene? Do you understand there is nothing to prove? Do you know the difference between a consent accident and a consent violation? Are you aware that you must inform your rope partner of physical weaknesses, injuries or other handicaps (drug or alcohol consumption before scene, specific fears and triggers), before you start the session? Do you know what your partner might need after the scene?

To establish meaningful and satisfying scenes we advocate a double strategy of BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION and DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION. If you know your intentions, motives and wishes and can clearly communicate and honestly negotiate them before and during the scene, you have a good chance of creating a beautiful experience for both of you.

The principle of BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION:

If you are clear about your answers to the questions above, then please have the courage to express your wishes and intentions before engaging in a scene. Courage, clarity and honesty are noble qualities, and the more clearly you define your boundaries, the more easily they can be respected. You can negotiate as long as you wish, until you feel ready for the session.

Of course, it is often impossible to answer all these questions before a session. Maybe you want to find out what you like with this partner. Maybe you are too shy or inhibited to practice clarity and honesty. Maybe you want to be surprised. If you enter in a session without BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION, your responsibility for the positive outcome increases and you have to be sure of being able to engage in DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION.

If you are more experienced with rope bondage than your partner, and especially when tying with a newbie, it is your duty to bring up the question of consent, to point out the different forms of negotiation and to explain the function and use of safe words and other exit strategies.

3 MINUTE TRY OUT SESSIONS

If you are tying with someone for the very first time and do not wish to engage in a long negotiation before the scene, we recommend a very short try out rope session of about three minutes.

For such a short session, the rope top must agree to:

Absolutely NO touching of body openings (mouth, eyes, nose, ears, anus, genitals), NO gags or blindfolds, NO crotch ropes, and NO breath play or ropes around the neck. NO other toys or tools, except the rope and your hands. NO suspension.

If your partner is not familiar with this 3 MINUTE TRY OUT SESSION formula and the restrictions it implies, it’s your responsibility to inform them about it.

After such a three-minute session, you are usually much more clear about what you want and do not want from this partner. It gives you the chance to feel into it, decide if you really feel comfortable with that person or not, and if you want more. You can then enter more specific negotiations, expressing what elements you would like to add, and decide on a second session with a longer time frame.

The principle of DURING-SCENE NEGOTATION

VERY IMPORTANT: Having done BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION does not free you from engaging in DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION as well. We always recommend this as a double strategy. The reason is the particular dynamic every single rope session develops: Words are tricky and sometimes what you express in negotiation can be misunderstood, misinterpreted, or simply forgotten. What you expect to feel in a certain way, might feel totally different. What you enjoy with one person might not work at all with a different partner. Your boundaries may shift and your wishes might change during a session. You might suddenly like what you usually hate, and hate what you usually like. It is obvious, but still not always clear: The frame you establish in a BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION is not a script or program that you have to follow, and does not represent any kind of obligation. You are entitled to change your mind and to alter, adapt or simply end your scene, at absolutely any time.

BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION does not guarantee a good scene and can even be a trap. It takes away an – ultimately desirable – element of surprise and might undermine the feeling of “loss of control” that some rope bottoms look for. That is why in some situations, experienced riggers or models might opt for DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION only. In this case, at least the issue of relevant injuries and physical restrictions should be discussed before the scene. And there should, absolutely, also be a short declaration such as:

Rope bottom: “I give you permission to tie me and play with my body, following your intuition. I trust that you will listen when I express my boundaries and that you will respect them at all times.”

Rope top: “I thank you for the permission and trust that you will clearly express your needs and boundaries at all times, and I assure you that I will respect them.”

Nevertheless, there is a fundamental difference between BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION and DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION:

With BEFORE-SCENE NEGOTIATION you have established consent and a frame for the session, and clearly specified restrictions and boundaries. Every action outside that frame and every step over a boundary would therefore be considered as consent violation. Unintentionally or accidentally stepping over boundaries would be considered a consent accident.

If you only use DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION, the situation is different: The session is based on intuition, sensitivity and the principle of trial and error. This demands very good communication skills, as it means a boundary may be approached, or even sometimes crossed, in the process of locating it. Be aware that if there no clear boundary is negotiated, if consent has not been established before the scene, and if no safe word has been agreed on, there can be no consent violation, only accidents because of an absence of consent. Be aware that both partners carry responsibility for such accidents.

Of course, common law is still valid: Any restriction or torture of a person against their will is a criminal act.

This means that if you are the top in a rope scene you are already in a legally precarious situation. If your rope bottom expresses any discomfort or resistance against your actions and if you nevertheless insist and keep going with what you do, then you clearly violate their consent. Even if that consent was as minimal as “OK, you can tie me.”

Of course this does not apply if the rope bottom wishes to play with resistance and enjoys being overwhelmed and forced. In that case this wish must be expressed before the scene and establishing a safe word is crucial.

DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION for the rope top:

In an open rather than precisely negotiated session, the rope top is invited to be creative, experiment and use different techniques, tools and attitudes, as long they are introduced slowly and progressively. (If, for example, you feel the impulse to spank your partner, first give a very, very light slap and observe their reaction, before proceeding to more intense impacts, etc.) Be aware that when you shift the field of action, special attention to your partner’s approval is a must. From the necessary body contact involved in tying, to touching without technical necessity, is a big shift. From practical manipulation to physical stimulation of any kind is a big shift. Shifting from sensual to sexual intention is a huge shift. When you shift into a new form of interaction you must listen carefully to the rope bottom’s physical and verbal responses, and try to understand if they indicate approval or rejection. If in doubt, you must ask for verbal feedback or use a nonverbal communication technique.

If you suspend, always check your hanging point for stability first.

Also check in after a scene, to see if your bottom still needs anything. Check a day later that your partner is still happy about the experience.

DURING-SCENE NEGOTIATION for the rope bottom:

Remember that you are always responsible for keeping the experience healthy and valuable. Always be aware of how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally in any given moment and feel free to express yourself about your condition, emotions and sensations. Keep in mind: If it feels good, keep going, if it doesn’t feel good, stop immediately. If you don’t know if it feels good or bad, if you are confused or unsure, stop as well. You can always give it another try later. Better to end ten sessions too early than one too late.

During a scene, you can also always introduce a safe word, or use the colour code (saying “green” means “keep going”; “orange” means “slow down, you are approaching a limit”; “red” means “stop immediately”). You can ask your rigger to press your hands at regular intervals to check in; you will respond immediately: pressing back twice means “all fine”; pressing back once means “talk to me, there is a problem”, not pressing back means “end the scene immediately and bring me back to communication”.

When in suspension, regularly check your fingers still function to prevent nerve damage. Also be aware that in order to bring you to a more comfortable position, an even more painful transition is sometimes needed.

Check the hanging point yourself.

If a session goes wrong it is usually because of erroneous assumptions, false expectations and poor communication before, during and after the session. Keep in mind that 99% of all rope sessions go well and are rewarding for both rigger and model. We are empathic beings who all look for a mutually pleasant experience. Enjoy!

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