Shigonawa BingoShigonawa Bingo san co-runs the traditional Japanese rope-play bars -UBU- and -mitsu- in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo with Yoi Yoshida san, and teaches not only theory and practice, but also the etiquette and philosophy of kinbaku. He is a friendly and encouraging individual who has taken traditional rope and experimented to refine and improve ties for erotic SM use, and has become one of the leading lights of the Japanese Bakushi scene. To learn more about Shigonawa Bingo, and to learn more about his teaching style and philosophy regarding kinbaku, please visit this interview published in Kinbaku Today.
Continued Alertness and WorkMy rope is not so focused on patterns/forms, but more on the pacing of the rope, the movement of the body, and the importance of heart. Level: Advanced Type: Hands On
Progression from SuspensionFor what purpose do we suspend? Learn what we can do from suspending. Also, I will teach how to bring the recipient of rope into your world, and to be able to control them freely. Level: Intermediate/Advanced Type: Hands On
After PlayMy rope consists of an “introduction”, “enticement” and “after play”. It is important to say that shibari itself is for after play; but there are those who do after play, and those who use it little. It is one of the things you should really want to learn. Level: Intermediate/Advanced Type: Hands On
Barkas and Addie
BarkasBarkas became an Osada Ryu instructor in 2011 when he opened the Shibari Dojo Vienna. He is one of the 3 licenced Osada Ryu instructors of the world. Since 2015 he carries a given name by Yukimura Haruki Sensei. Harutsuju. This honour allows him to teach Yukimura Ryu as well. Another huge influence is the friendship with Nawashi Kanna Sensei and Kagura San, which started when Barkas co-organized their first tour outside of Japan in 2013. As a product of this high level education, he developed his own, very specific style called “Ranboo”, which is a highly dynamical and stormy way of doing and thinking Kinbaku. He co-organized the annual Viennese Rope Festival and other events such as the “A night full of Kinbaku”. Within his work as a Kinbaku teacher and performer, he cooperates with different artists and arts institutions, such as the Zafraan ensemble, the Viennese Tanzquartier, the photographer Tom Hofmann and many more. A special focus of Barkas is the implementation of various philosophical, sociological, physical, mathematical and historical ideas into his approach. Another of his recent developments is the metaphor of tying as an interview – a certain mind-set that can help to perfect one’s own style. Intellectuality and emotionality don't contradict each other. "To fill the techniques with life and personality". He doesn’t tie people, he ties with them. Performances and Workshops all over the world, such as at Shibaricon (‘14 & ’15 & ‘16) in Chicago, at Moscow knot, at Kannawa Kai and Studio SIX in Tokyo, at West Coast Bound in Vancouver, and many other events and occasions, have made Barkas a well-known and demanded Kinbaku artist.
AddieAddie stumbled into rope several years ago as a bottom and it has been bringing her immense joy ever since. She soon discovered her inner top when she dove into tying and self-suspension as alternate methods of practicing and experiencing rope. She now identifies as a switch, a creative sadist, and an overall rope enthusiast. She has spent the last while travelling and co-teaching with her partner Barkas, and when in Vancouver she helps run her local chapter of Hitchin’ Bitches. She has greatly enjoyed her rope journey thus far, and is curious to see where it takes her next.
Barkas & Addie Classes
The Rope InterviewThe interview as a metaphor of tying. The interview combines the communication discourse with the one of power relationships. To tie with a person is always an involvement with a certain power relationship, simply and at least because of one person is tying and one person gets tied. But this scene also means a nonverbal conversation between the two people tying with each other. In this mind set we can think of an interview to describe the dynamics. With the help of some ipponnawa techniques we will explore some of the more obvious and some of the more subtle references to the interview metaphor. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of rope bondage Level: All Type: Hands On
Suspensions. AdvancedThis advanced class will work on various positions in suspensions. This enables the participants to use suspensions for different purposes within their play. Positions covered include Aomuke zuri (face up suspension), Gyaku ebi zuri (face down, legs bend to the back), and Sakasa zuri (head down/inversion). Prerequisites: Provable advanced knowledge of Rope Bondage/Basic Suspensions Level: Advanced Type: Hands On
Bottoming RantsThis class is built for bottoms and tops alike, with the aim of unpacking the bottoming experience, deconstructing a few myths, building solidarity, and finding tricks to work through tough spots. Addie has informally called this class “the Bottoming Rants” as it is a collection of stories, realizations, learning experiences, resolutions, tricks, and learn-from-my-mistakes gathered through personal experience and discussions with friends and colleagues. It will help bondage enthusiasts on both ends of the rope work together to make constructive, positive experiences. Rant...er...discussion topics include: Bottoming education and some of its uses and pitfalls. Mental and physical traps we fall into when bottoming, and how one can address and reframe these constructively. The myth of the “good bottom.” Being new to the scene. Vetting and evaluating new play partners. Thoughts on the partnership between tying and tied, and on building a healthy bottoming community. Level: All Type: Discussion
EMBased in Memphis, Tennessee and active in the BDSM community since 2010, EM is a sadistic rope and whip enthusiast whose interests lie in pushing his bottoms in strenuous yet beautiful poses. With years of experience learning rope from various artists across North America, his interpretation of Japanese bondage stems from a desire to withdraw submission from the female form and highlight it's beauty through suffering and strain. EM's primary interests (rope, whips, photography) stem from his interests in perfecting technique, skill, and accuracy with regard to all forms of S&M play.
Vertical Pole SuspensionHeavily based on a technique Nawashi Kanna used to secure a line to a vertical post, this class is -EM-'s take on tying to a vertical post or pillar or length of bamboo. With a tieoff much simpler and safer than the common icicle hitch, we'll explore the new opportunities that a stop sign, stripper pole, or tree will afford you during a suspension bondage scene. Prerequisites: Traditional overhead point suspensions should be regular occurences for top and bottom. Level: Intermediate Type: Hands On
Variety for the Lower BodySuspending the lower body typically features one of a few predictable ties: a hip harness, an ankle cuff, or the futomomo shibari (Japanese frog leg tie). This class will get you thinking differently. Engaging the hips in a futomomo. Harnesses for the calves, thighs, or one thigh by itself... We're looking at comfortable or sadistic options that fall outside the common lower body ties. Prerequisites: This class focuses on the harnesses, not on spending lots of time in the air in them. However, prior experience tying for suspensions is heavily suggested, and a bottom with suspension experience even moreso. You'll need to be familiar with tying hip harnesses and properly tensioning them, since this class builds on that skill set. Level: Intermediate Type: Hands On
SterlingSterling began her rope journey in August, 2013 as a bottom and four months later began rigging as well. She has never, ever been a part of a community that has ever made her feel so loved and so proud to be a part. She loves the passion many share for the artistic, sadistic, masochistic or just fun loving facets that rope bondage has for each individual person to experience and fall in love with. Her journey to rope education has been one filled with a genuine desire to simply share what she can. The thing that keeps her working with bondage and teaching is the opportunity to help anyone achieve their goals in rope bondage, whatever they may be. She has had the privilege of performing with bondage on several occasions, in varying cities. She was honored to be selected for Morpheus’ Bondage Extravaganza 2014 as a rigger, as an attendee for the inaugural NARIX 2014, as an instructor for the Bondage Expo Dallas 2015 and 2016, as an instructor for the inaugural RopeCraft 2016 and had the honor of teaching rope at Beyond Vanilla 2017. As this journey continues forth, she looks forward to the friends she hopes to make and to being with the friends and loved ones found already in this wonderfully ropey world.
Beginning Suspension: All the Sh*t That Always Goes WrongThis class isn't about the safety talk and it isn't about how to tie harnesses. It's about all the stuff that goes wrong when you already know the basics, because it always can and Murphy's Law says that it always will. We will talk about how to streamline the process of suspension as you start getting into the deeper and riskier waters of rope bondage. Too often we ask 'how in the world did that jam happen?' or 'where did her left arm go...it was just attached, I swear!'. Let's answer those questions and figure out how to prevent all the little things that can freak out people as they get their toes wet in suspension bondage. Level: Intermediate Type: Hands On
Rigging Suspension for Shortys & SmallsThis class is aimed toward smaller bodied individuals who often times find that they are constantly tying people that are larger then them. It is a battle of balance and counter balance and of ensuring safety and control in a suspension situation where brute force alone will not do the trick. This is a technical class to delve into what we can do manage rigging larger individuals than us shorties ;) Prerequisites: Must be capable of safe suspension Level: Advanced Type: Hands On
Achievement Unlocked: Fluffy Suspension TopI don't actually know what you would call the opposite of 'Semenawa' (torture bondage) but I am gonna argue that 'fluffy' is as good a place to start as any. This class if focused on understanding the innate discomfort that rope naturally affords, and how to make basic suspensions more endurable for bottoms. Sustainability of a tie can oftentimes be compromised by unintentional unsustainable levels of discomfort....lets fix that together! Come to this class with rope and common problems you have and let's lab through them! Level: Intermediate Type: Hands On
Orannis - Free Range RopeOrannis, who likes to be called O (pronouns: she/her), identifies primarily as masochist and a submissive. She entered the scene 6 years ago, drawn to old-guard style BDSM, protocol, and edge-play/ordeal. She was a member of an “old-guard” inspired BDSM household based in Philadelphia for 5 years where she was trained in protocol, leather skills, and sadomasochistic play under the careful tutelage of her Madame, LolaDoe. She continues her training under her Master Rufio. Although she has retained these interests her life changed when she was introduced to rope 4 years ago. Primarily a bottom, Orannis was drawn to rope for its ability to foster intense connection, offer unique challenges, and deepen headspace. She trained initially under Murphy Blue, with whom she studied primarily his style and the style of Naka Akira. She has since had the opportunity to tie, connect with and study under talented riggers from all over the world to include, but not limited to Naka Akira, Kazami Ranki, Tifereth, Aeolist, Honeybear, PrometheusV… She is particularly excited about her work with Lizard, with whom she ties as well as co-teaches. Orannis works in healthcare and incorporates her professional knowledge into the classes she teaches. Currently, she is particularly interested in neurology and kink. She has also studied bioethics and hopes to bring her interests in social justice, feminism, and equity into her kink career (and life in general). Orannis has performed at Nuit Des Cordes, Bondage-A-GoGo, and for Dark Odyssey and Ropecraft. She is a NARIX alumnus. She currently serves as a staff member for Ropecpaft where she is the head of medical. Orannis is overcome with excitement to join Bondage Expo Denver and to co-moderate the Free Range Rope space. She hopes to aid Lizard in facilitating a safe, open space of discovery and connection.
Lizard - Free Range RopeLizard is a rope bondage enthusiast, with a lust for mental/emotional sadism, and edge play. She began tying five years ago, at a rope share group known as The Knotting Circle, and since then, has aspired to be a lifelong student of rope. Lizard gathers inspiration and knowledge from teachers, peers, and most notably, from the people that she ties. She is most well known for her innovative, "outside of the box" style of rope, which favors intention and adaptability over traditional aesthetics. When teaching, Lizard draws from her experience on both sides of the rope, as well as her career as a healthcare professional. Her passion and sense of humor make for an engaging class while her adaptive approach to rope inspires creativity and encourages problem solving. Lizard believes in making rope education a collaborative effort between tops and bottoms. She encourages active participation and feedback from the people who are tied in her class, so that everyone may learn from varying experiences. Native to the DC/Baltimore scene, Lizard has taught for events such as ROPECRAFT and Bound in Boston, as well as larger kink conventions like Dark Odyssey Winter Fire, where her “Bare Bones Bondage” class received high acclaim for making rope bondage “accessible” to everyone.
Marc Taylor and SNoB
Marc TaylorMarcTaylor has been a rope bondage practitioner, performer, and educator for the past 11 years. MarcTaylor has taught and performed all over the world, most notably in Hong Kong, Toronto, and London. MarcTaylor is the ringleader of the Pink Fork Mafia, an international family of kinky people dedicated to each other and the pursuit of dungeon and real world shenanigans often involving pink plastic cutlery. He enjoys smooth jazz and naked people in distress.
SNoBBig Mike, aka SNoB, is a proud member of the Pink Fork Mafia, an international kink family. He moved to Denver in 2014 from Portland where he was involved in the kink scene since 2006. He has taught and performed at KinkFest, Sonic Bloom, Portland Rope Arts Group, Denver Rope Bite, Morpheus’s Bondage Extravaganza, DeaconX Fetish Night, Night of Kink, Repent and various other fetish events. He has also served on the KinkFest committee 5 times. He is a member of the circus groups Fractal Tribe and Cirque Tones
Fu*ked Up Sh*tDo you like DM’s? Do you want to meet every DM in the dungeon? Do you want every DM in the dungeon nervously inching towards your scene unsure of what’s going on? If you answered yes to any of these questions this class is for you. We will go on a journey of discovery as we discuss, demonstrate, and dissect some of the more fu*ked up things you can do to a person helplessly bound in rope. Legos, bottle caps, rice, glass, and predicaments are just a few examples of topics that will be covered as well as the mental side of getting your partner to take more pain for you. You are guaranteed to leave with a few new sadistic tricks up your sleeve. Level: All Type: Hands On
Above the Ring, Rigging in a Dungeon EnvironmentA suspension scene always starts the same way, setting up your hard point. Whether you use a ring, carabiners or a rigging plate, your setup always needs to be rigged up in a safe and effective manner. This class will cover the basics of doing that. One of the biggest keys to a successful suspension scene is being able to efficiently manage your vertical haul lines. For flow and efficiency but most importantly safety. If you don't have a clear grasp of how to get your bottom in the air, there is no way you will be able to get them down quickly and safely if something goes wrong. We will be taking the bottom out of the equation so the Mafia can help you work on exactly those skills. Level: Beginner/Intermediate Type: Hands On
Suspension with a StrangerLets face it, pick up play isn't always easy. Its often filled with speed bumps and can lead to disappointment. When you add in an edge play like suspension the likelihood of running into problems increases. This will be a step by step instruction of a pick up suspension scene. From negotiation to aftercare including coming up with a suspension plan and how to modify this plan when complications arise. The instructor has never worked with this bottom before and will “thought bubble” the entire experience. Prerequisites: This class is targeted at novice to intermediate riggers who can get some people in the air but haven't developed advanced troubleshooting skills yet. Level: All Type: Demo
Ebi McKnottyEbi McKnotty is a rope addict based in Quebec City, Canada. She has been self-tying since 2006, and started modeling as a bottom in 2007. She started tying others and self-suspending in 2011 when she learned with the IchinawaKai and Kazami Ranki in London. It hasn't stopped since. She travels all over America and Europe to learn and share her discoveries with her community. Ebi is the co-founder of the North American Rope Exchange, also known as NARIX, a conference dedicated to the exploration of rope bondage. Grounded in the Japanese style, her ropes have been described as experimental, sweet, sensual and sadistic; usually all at the same time.
Bamboo and LashingsVery popular among boy scouts, lashings are very useful to tie two posts at an angle. They are also great at creating usual positions when tying two limbs together, or when tying said limb to a bamboo. Topics include the role of bamboo and lashing in bondage, clove hitch for bamboo, adapting lashings to tie limbs, improvisation exercise using bamboo, and time allowing partial suspension on bamboo. Level: Beginner/Intermediate Type: Hands On
Fluidity and TensionsTying with control is the key for intense rope sessions. This class is a series of drills and tips to develop more fluidity and control over tension. Both partners will need to communicate as they learn to feel tension. Topics include handling tips, different levels of tension, tying with rhythm, and developing ambidextry. Level: All Type: Hands On
Diamond BlueDiamond Blue is the second in command of Team Blue, and chatelaine of Harmony House. She is a Shibari performer and model, a crisis management operative and itinerant stand-up philosopher, and always, Samurai and partner to the incomparable Murphy Blue.
Wingdings and Ties: Polyamory on your Rope PathRope is great! Love is great! But when there's *more* of both, things can get tricky. Both Rope and relationships take us a lot of places, and it's often harder than we expect. What happens when your partner is doing more Rope or more, *ahem*, people than you expected? What happens when YOU are? Come learn and talk about some different ways to cope and even thrive when things get...different. Level: All Type: Discussion
Living in New York City, Eric Pride is an international BDSM and alternative lifestyle educator with a wonderfully engaging and interactive teaching style. While being highly skilled and sought after for a great variety of alternative lifestyle and play-related topics, he is possibly best known for his disarmingly subtle ability to connect and shape the most amazing scenes with his play partners, whether with rope, toys or just his creatively twisted mind.
Eric is a passionate, outgoing and social person who enjoys meeting new people of all ages, genders and orientations. He is a founding member and an instructor at the Master/slave Development Center, an educational group for Masters and slaves. He is also the founder of NYC Kinky Living (NYCKL) and the producer of the hands-on immersive weekend intensives KinkWorks, PlaySpace, EdgePlay, ROPESCAPE, ROPESCAPE 2 and Unleashed. You can learn more about Eric on his website http://www.ericpride.com.