I’m going to be teaching in London quite a bit this August, so if anyone’s interested in tuition – now’s the time!
Strappado & Self Suspension workshops
Firstly, I’m teaching 2 workshops organised for by Anatomie Studios on 8th and 9th August; my strappado workshop, which I’ve been teaching quite a bit in the last year, and a new self suspension workshop, which I’ll be teaching for the first time!
The tickets have only been on sale a couple of days, but they’re already almost sold out! So hurry if you want to come… the links are below:
Strappado class on 8th August: http://ift.tt/1GOJFQl
Self suspension class on 9th August: http://ift.tt/1D1JMNx
There is also an option to buy one ticket covering both events!
I’ve also had a lot of requests about teaching beginners classes – and as a result I’ve decided to organise a small group workshop myself.
I will be running this as an all day workshop in London on Sunday 16th August, for the absolute bargain price of only £50!
The course plan that I use during my beginners workshops is below; if anyone has any questions, or would like to buy a ticket… just let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org!
This workshop is aimed at people who have no experience of shibari and aims to give a comprehensive overview of the basics, whilst also explaining the reasons and principles behind the things I’m teaching. I aim to give you an introduction to some of the most fundamental knots and frictions used in shibari, and also to help you begin thinking about the importance of ‘flow’ when tying as I believe that working on this right from the beginning of your bondage journey will help you to progress later on.
I will explain some of the most common safety concerns within bondage, and how to communicate about this effectively with your partner.
For those that are interested, I’ll talk a little about the origins of shibari in Japan, and it’s development through to it’s present day form – and will explain a bit about the differences between types of rope and which to choose.
The ties in this course and ‘beginners 2′ are chosen both because it’s important to learn these ties in themselves, but also because they’re great tools for explaining the principles of bondage, rather than just learning to copy and follow a useless pattern.
The ties we’ll focus on are:
– single column tie: I cover three variations of this tie within the workshop, in order to help explain the principle, however we will only be focusing on tying one of them.
– ‘quick release’ tie
– double column tie
– creating ‘ladders’
I continue to work on the idea of ‘flow’ when tying and in addition I will explain how to choose a good tension to tie with.
– Brief refresh of the ties from ‘Beginners 1′: single / double column, quick release, ladders.
– Hojo wraps.
– Simplified Gote, or ‘box tie’.
– I will also demonstrate different ways of putting together elements covered during the parts of the beginners course to create other useful ties, such as the shinju (another form of munenawa), tying the hands behind the head or to the legs, the futomomo (leg tie) etc.
– time permitting: basic introduction to hip harnesses.