The course is broken up into 4 sessions, tailored to the experience level and wishes of the participants.
Introduction to shibari/kinbaku
To understand shibari you have to understand the history and cultural context that it arose in. This will be an overview of the history, including the differences between western, Japanese and fusion bondage, and hopefully answer the question “Is this shibari?”. Also included in the introduction are rope types, rope care and safety information, including discussion of the potential for nerve injuries.
Ushiro takate kote
The ushiro takate kote (lit. behind high hand parallel hand), or as it is often known in the west, the “box tie”, is one of the fundamental katas (patterns) in shibari, being used for both floor work and suspensions. The takate kote being taught will be a 2-rope takate kote, with a focus on tying it efficiently.
Rope energy and connection
The most common way that rope is tied in the west follows the “tying parcels, not people” principle, with only a limited connection between the participants. Many of us have seen people being tied, standing there bored as if they were just a mannequin for the rigger to tie. This session will be attempting to break through that barrier and into using rope as a means of communication between the participants.
The last session will focus less on following a “paint by numbers” recreation of ties, and rather on tying variations of a single kata, with no two ties being exactly the same.
A limited number of ties are being taught so that you can forget about the mechanics of tying, and can concentrate on the interaction and energy.
Scott is well known in the Melbourne kink scene, having done performances at Hellfire, Klub Kunst and Fetish Expo. His interest in rope bondage started with Midori’s workshop on rope bondage on her first visit to Australia back in 2003, although his journey into Japanese bondage really began after completing Satomi’s workshop later on in that year. In the past year he has gone to Japan twice and had tuition from one of the worlds leading kinbakushi, Osada Steve. He is intending to return to Tokyo later this year to continue his studies.