ShibariChallenge June 2017

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An example of using inanimate objects as practice tools.

Whenever I feel stuck in my practice, uninspired, have issues discouraging me from my pursuit of Kinbaku, or otherwise, don’t feel like tying for a prolonged period of time, I like challenging myself. In the case of bondage, I find that doing it for 30 days straight is a great amount of time: it’s very doable, while at the same time long enough that you will have challenging days where you don’t feel like it.

As I am in one of those right now, I proclaim that June is a perfect time to do exactly this!

And as I like involving the community, I post my efforts to the internet! In the past I posted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, FetLife, and a bunch of others. This time I think I’ll narrow it down to Instagram and Twitter, as this is going to be a busy summer I won’t have time to play with all the platforms as before.

So as before, if you want to participate, show the world what cool things you can do with rope! You don’t even need a partner, just practice on something, anything! And post it to your favorite social media network with the hashtag: #ShibariChallenge!

ShibariChallenge – Practice on your own

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In the Beginning, there was rope, and it was good

Waaaay back in January 2015, I thought up an idea where I would make it a point to tie something different every day, and it was to be called the ShibariChallenge. At that time, I didn’t have a proper partner, so it was mostly objects or myself. This forced me to be more creative with how I tied things, as flesh behaves very different from coffee cups.

Then (s)he created…

So everyday I made an attempt to tie something, anything, then I would post it online with the hashtag #ShibariChallenge, sharing it to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This is largely done to encourage others that were in my position (not having a partner) to practice; showing that there was a way as long as they had the will. Thus, I found my own practice improved over that month by quite a bit. After all the only way to proficiency is consistency.

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An example of using inanimate objects as practice tools.

After the first month however, I stopped this approach as all that work was the publicity that I needed for people to start asking me to tie them (wasn’t by design, people just got curious). Thus I began to have volunteer partners! From then on my focus shifted from practicing every day, to standardizing my ties and techniques.

Now more than a year later, I decided to start it again as it was quite fun and forced me out of the monotonous and the norm. Getting some new rope that I needed to break in might have contributed to it too.

And then it was good, very good…

So now I’ve been making it a bigger thing now and pushing it harder, and the response, though not overwhelming, has been inspiring! I’ve seen a lot of self ties, lots of chair suspensions, and stuffies get their rope fix in!

I generally use Instagram to propagate the ShibariChallenge as it lets you post from it to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr all at once, retaining the hashtag as well! So if you feel like giving it a shot, go ahead! it doesn’t have to be kinky or NSFR to contribute to the ShibariChallenge, jsut has to be rope and practice!

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An example of using Space to express kinbaku.