Composition of a Koushudai 絞首台

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Occasionally people have asked about how I built the suspension frame that I use. Well really, just an idea, lots of unnecessary research and investigation, other peoples knowledge and experience, and sweat.

Research

My first step with these things is to look at classical documentation for ideas of how it was done. I’m personally adverse to loud noises and power tools, so I like to look at old manual ways to do things. So my first stop is Wasada Universities library, and that resulted in four sources regarding general wood splicing, the manufacture of the Torii, and ideas borrowed from shrines and temples. The sources included:

Some of the material involved in the investigations of wood fixtures. Sources included “daiko shoshin zukai” (1882), “shinpen miyahinagata” (unknown year), “shōka higata” (1875), and the “taishō hinagata taizen” (unknown year).

This methodology was chosen as these kinds of wood-joins allowed for an absence of nails, screws, or spikes, which made the structure flexible instead of sturdy. This meant that it was earthquake and tsunami resistant – more than suitable for hanging humans from.

Design

The next step was planning out what I was looking for, and considering the space I had to work with. So some early prints were drawn up.

Early plans for the frame (We have since simplified and diverged from this one). 

However, after discussion, review of resources, and consideration of height and practicality (removed the lower of the two beams, simplified the joins and fixtures, and experimented with the base:height ratio), and the below design was the result:

How the frame plans look in my notebook.

Labor

Because of my aversion to power tools, much of the work was done by hand, with saws, chisels, and a plane (though some of the bigger ends were cut with a skill saw, and the doweling holes were drilled wit ha power drill – I had little to do with that part).

The fittings for the frame, hand done as I don’t like power tools.

Eventually the results were packed up and brought to the studio for installation. It was designed with the ability to be broken down and moved in mind.

Frame Specs from the Side.

It has since been well loved…

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.” ― Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park (Last nights session with CutieTie

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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:


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!