Basic rope bondage harnesses

The must-know building blocks

LEVEL: Beginner

Tying harnesses is a fundamental rope bondage skill. Chest and hip harnesses are versatile components that could be used in a variety of play styles from simple bedroom bondage all the way to rope suspension. They provide sturdy handles by which a person could be held and moved, and an attachment point on a person’s body to tie them to something.

In this class, we will cover the basic techniques required to tie harnesses. After that we move to learning a chest harness and a hip harness.

What to bring

  • 2-3 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm rope. Natural fibre rope is preferred.
  • 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm rope (optional). Natural fibre rope is preferred.
  • A yoga mat or something else soft to tie on. The floor is hard and might be uncomfortable for tying.
  • A small blanket for warmth.

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Essential Kinbaku

The core elements of Japanese rope bondage

LEVEL: Intermediate

Japanese rope bondage (Kinbaku or Shibari) has become very popular in the last few years and its popularity keeps growing. However, it can be a little intimidating to start because of how intricate and involved most ties are.

This workshop will help you create beautiful and hot rope experiences immediately, without having to memorize complex ties. We will focus on creating intimacy between tying partners and the importance of enjoying the tying process, and not just focusing on reaching the end product.

If you've already been practicing Kinbaku with a focus on learning specific ties, this class will introduce you to a whole new approach of improvised tying.

The techniques taught in this workshop will greatly help you as you continue to learn more about Japanese rope bondage.

These techniques include:

  • Rope bottoming skills
  • Understanding and achieving flow
  • Rope handling
  • Tying with focus on your play partner
  • Ichinawa (AKA ippon nawa) translates to “one rope”. It is a technique that focuses on the tying instead of the end result of a particular tie.

The workshop will also cover the Futomomo Shibari as an application of these techniques.

Prerequisites

To get the most out of this class, a person who will be tying needs to be familiar with the following techniques:

  • Single-column tie
  • Joing 2 ropes
  • Half hitch
  • Munter hitch
  • Creating an inline cuff

What to bring

  • 3-5 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope.
  • 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope (optional).
  • A yoga mat or something else soft to tie on. The floor is hard and might be uncomfortable for tying.
  • A small blanket for warmth.

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EXPLORING D/S

Strategies for relationships and play

LEVEL: All levels

Dominance and submission is one of the hottest and most rewarding aspects of BDSM. It has so many types and flavours and it could be experienced in so many levels of intensity that anyone interested in it can find a way to enjoy it.

Join us in exploring techniques that would help you incorporate D/s into your play and help you build healthy D/s relationships.

We will discuss different models of D/s and explain the commonalities and differences between them. That will help you find out what the possibilities are, choose one that’s suitable for you, or design your own.

We will cover tips you can use to prepare yourself and get in the mood before a play session, and tips to help you get out. We will also cover techniques to help you exude the kind of energy that suits your role in a D/s dynamic.

To help you succeed in D/s relationships, we will talk about positive and negative patterns that affect these relationships, and the conversations you need to have with your partner to avoid common pitfalls.

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Hip harness construction

A study of hip harnesses and their components

LEVEL: Intermediate

The hip area is the center of gravity of the human body. Whether you want to pull someone towards you, or suspended them in the air, hip harnesses are an effective way in controlling and bearing a large portion of load.

This class aims to uncover the fundamental ingredients of many hip harnesses and how they affect the way a specific harness feels and behaves.

In this class we will explore concepts essential to constructing a hip harness that suits the bottom:

  • Hip anatomy
  • Characteristics of good hip harnesses
  • Primary load-bearing components
  • Distributing load across various components
  • Good and bad directions of applying force
  • Good and bad points of attachment to the harness

There are many hip harness out there. Most bottoms have one or two favorites, depending on their body and the harness application. We will examine several hip harness through the lens of the above concepts.

Prerequisites

  • Single-column tie
  • Joing 2 ropes
  • Half hitch
  • Munter hitch
  • Creating an inline cuff
  • Experience with tying a hip harness is preferred but not required

What to bring

  • 3-5 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope.
  • 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope (optional).
  • A yoga mat or something else soft to tie on. The floor is hard and might be uncomfortable for tying.
  • A small blanket for warmth.

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INGREDIENTS OF SUCCESSFUL PLAY

Elements of good play experiences

LEVEL: All levels

What makes some play experiences better than others? Answering this question can help you make your play more rewarding for you and your play partners.

In this class we explore the components of successful scenes, pitfalls to avoid, as well as some techniques that would increase chances of success.

Topics include

  • Anatomy of a scene.
  • Negotiation: the checklist and beyond.
  • Elements that must be present for successful play.
  • Play pitfalls to be avoided.
  • Shaping your scene based on your play partner.
  • Affecting the scene's mood.
  • Choosing the right communication style
  • Aftercare: it's never an afterthought.
  • When negotiation fails.
  • Recovering from a bad experience.
  • The afterglow: debriefing a scene.
  • Planning your next scene.

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Know your kinky body

Essential knowledge for rope bondage practitioners.

LEVEL: All levels

As fun as rope bondage is, it is a physically taxing activity.

With the help of an experienced physical therapist, to make sure that the information we present is scientifically accurate, we explore important body knowledge that helps us avoid injury and keep doing kinky things for a long time. We also correct some myths and misconceptions that have been passed down like myths in the rope community.

 

  • Relevant nerve anatomy
  • Nerve injury and rope bondage
  • Shoulder anatomy and the TK
  • Truths and myths of rope bondage safety
  • Best practices for stretching
  • Potential areas of injury and how to protect them

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Playing Rough

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A "no-toys" BDSM play workshop.

LEVEL: All levels

Rough body play is a very versatile and popular play style. It can be combined with other play styles like bondage, impact, and sex, or it could be used all on it's own.

We cover techniques and safety aspects of many rough body play elements such as:

  • Bottoming to rough body play
  • Effective body manipulation
  • Disruption of balance
  • Hair pulling
  • Biting
  • Choking and neck handling
  • Slapping: spanking, face-slapping and more.
  • Punching, and kicking
  • Pressure points
  • Grabbing and pinching
  • Trampling
  • Body holds and joint manipulation
  • Rope Capturing techniques
  • Using rope as an advantage

What to bring

  • A piece of 20’-30’ 4-6mm rope
  • A soft mat

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Playing With Partial Suspension

Taking the best from floor work and suspension

LEVEL: Intermediate

There's so much one could do with partial suspension. It offers the best of two worlds between floor rope and full suspension. It allows the top to manipulate the bottom’s body in ways that would be very difficult when their weight is fully on or off the floor. It also, allows for great emotional or sensual connection between play partners.

We will not only address partial suspension as a stepping stone to full suspension, but we will also cover examples of partial suspension that could be used to enhance connection between play partners during play, or provide predicaments to challenge the bottom.

We will cover important topics as:

  • Safety and readiness
  • Choosing the right rope and hardware
  • Hard point evaluation basics
  • Hangers, pulleys, and attachment loops
  • Upline management techniques and drills
  • Designing challenging body positions

Prerequisites

What to bring

  • 5-7 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm rope.
  • Optional: 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm rope.
  • Optional: 1 piece of 10’-15’ 4 mm rope.
  • A yoga mat or blanket to tie on.
  • A blanket for warmth.

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Rope Bottoming: A Skills Approach

Practical advice for every body

LEVEL: All levels

There are particular skills that all accomplished bottoms possess, regardless of their body type, physical strength, or level of flexibility. We have been working on identifying these skills for over a decade and we'd love to share our findings with you.

If someone can do the splits, or do a back bend where their head touches their feet, it means they can help create cool pictures. Does that mean the gymnasts and contortionists can be great bottoms from the first day they try rope? We think not.

Becoming a better bottom takes work. Just like tops practice, bottoms must practice too. The question always is: practice what?

In this class, we attempt to answer that question. We get into skills that are specific to contributing to safer and more rewarding rope scenes. Skills like:

  • Understanding your body
  • Developing your risk profile
  • Analyzing sensation
  • Effective pain and anxiety processing
  • Knowing your timer
  • Practical verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Affecting play mood

We will also cover essential safety topics and common causes of safety-related incidents in bondage.

For this class, you will need a top to tie you. The prerequisites for that top are as follows:

  • Single column tie
  • Slipped single column tie
  • Ability to tie a chest harness

What to bring

  • 3-5 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope.
  • 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope (optional).
  • A yoga mat or something else soft to tie on. The floor is hard and might be uncomfortable for tying.
  • A small blanket for warmth.

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The Hishi Pattern

The beautiful and functional Hishi Nawa

LEVEL: Advanced

This rope bondage class dissects the diamond pattern which is referred to as “Hishi Nawa” or “Hishi Shibari”.

The diamond pattern is one of the most beautiful and iconic patterns in the world of Shibari. In addition to its attractive aesthetic, it’s a very useful structural component in many Japanese ties.

We will go over multiple ways of constructing this pattern and we’ll look at different ties where the pattern could be applied.

This is an advanced class. It will be focused on understanding the construction of the pattern. Certain ties will be used as examples to illustrate the use of the diamond pattern, but the intention behind the class will not be to teach step-by-step instructions of how to create each of these ties.

Prerequisites:

  • Ability to tie a traditional 3 rope Gote Shibari
  • Ability to tie Futomomo Shibari
  • Ability to tie Japanese-style hip harnesses

What to bring:

  • 6-8 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope.
  • 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope (optional).

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The towel & the stick

The fundamentals of impact play

LEVEL: Beginner

Impact play is one of the most popular BDSM activities. It’s enjoyable when it’s light and easy, painful and challenging, or anything in between.

Come join KinkRx instructors Ronnie and Dani for this workshop that teaches the fundamental hard and soft skills of impact play.
The skills you will learn will translate to virtually any impact toy, using only 2 tools: a towel as an example of flexible toys such as floggers or whips, and bamboo canes as an example of rigid impact toys.

No pre-requisites or equipment required!

You will learn the skills and start playing immediately without having to invest in expensive toys.
Included in the price of the workshop is a great size towel for impact and a bundle of bamboo canes.

We will cover where to hit and how. We will also cover the anatomy of an impact scene and the techniques you need to modulate intensity in a scene.

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TK Variations

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An exploration into the landscape of the most iconic Japanese tie.

LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced

The TK is a fundamental tie in Japanese rope bondage. However, there are many versions of it out there.

This workshop will cover some variations of the 2-rope and 3-rope TK. We will discuss how some TKs address common functions of the tie in different ways. We will examine how each variation behaves differently, and look at some TKs that combine characteristics from multiple variations.

Covering these techniques is intended to equip tops with the knowledge and tools to tailor their TKs to the preferences of their bottoms who don’t find a particular TK sustainable depending on the play situation.

Prerequisites

To benefit from this class, attendees should be familiar with, at least, one way to tie a 3-rope TK. To get the most out of this class, attendees are strongly encouraged to attend the "Understanding the TK" class.

What to bring

  • 3-5 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope.
  • 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope (optional).
  • A yoga mat or something else soft to tie on. The floor is hard and might be uncomfortable for tying.
  • A small blanket for warmth.

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Tying The Limbs

Necessary restraint

LEVEL: Intermediate

Very few things communicate to the bottom that they are tied up like having their limbs immobilized. Tying the limbs takes a lot of control away from the bottom and gives it to the top.

In this class, we will cover a number of alternatives for tying the hands, arms, legs, and feet. In addition to being restricting, some of these ties will be challenging and some will be sustainable.

We will also go over the safety aspects of tying the limbs.

Prerequisites

  • Single and double column tie
  • Half hitch and munter hitch.
  • Hojo cuff (AKA mid-rope cuff, or inline cuff)

Recommendations for what to bring

  • 2-3 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm rope.
  • Optional: 1 piece of 10’-15’ 5-6mm rope.
  • Optional: 1 piece of 10’-15’ 4 mm rope.
  • A yoga mat or blanket to tie on.

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Understanding The TK

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Analysis of the components of the 3-Rope TK and their function.

LEVEL: Intermediate/Advanced

Many people learn and teach the TK as a list of steps that, when repeated “correctly”, will result in a reliable and versatile chest harness. It is not as common, however, to find instruction about the goal of each of these steps and why one way of doing them is correct while another isn’t. More importantly, how does one know whether a particular part of a TK is good enough or unacceptable?

Through dissecting the different parts and steps that make up the Takate Kote, you will gain a deep understanding of the tie that will help you tie it better and tailor it to the abilities of the person getting tied.

We will step back from the TK recipe and analyse the individual ingredients to discern what has to be done as is, what could be substituted, and what could be altogether eliminated.

To further solidify the concepts, we will also use these same ingredients to construct ties other than the TK.

    Prerequisites

    This workshop is aimed at Kinbaku practitioners who already have some experience with the TK. If you don’t have such experience, make sure to learn the tie before you attend the workshop.

    Here are links to a couple of videos to get you started:

    What to bring

    • 3-5 pieces of 25’-30’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope.
    • 1-2 pieces of 10’-15’ 5-6mm natural fibre rope (optional).
    • A yoga mat or something else soft to tie on. The floor is hard and might be uncomfortable for tying.
    • A small blanket for warmth.

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