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!


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:

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…

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:

(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!