Workshop, Kinbaku immersion, Suspensions #1

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The Workshop

Level: Strong beginner / Intermediate
Prerequisite:
  rigger: single and double column ties are your bread and butter (these will not be explained anymore), must be confident with  frictions and know how to do a basic gote and futomomo.
  model: you are able to recognize and communicate good/bad bodily sensations.  A pre is experience being in full body ties.

This is a full day workshop in which you’ll learn to suspend and be suspended.  Suspensions look beautiful and they can feel amazing in many ways, but they are not without risk. Our goal with this workshop is to provide you with the essential knowledge and create a safe, shared experience that will empower you to carry forward what you’ve learned once you return home. Therefore the emphasis will be on safety, technique and communication. If you have followed our previous workshop(s) before you will be refreshed, renewed and we will progress your skill for take off.

We will prepare you for suspensions by focusing on several key aspects. First and foremost, enhance your gote tying skills, ensuring this are proficient and reliable. Next, learn to create secure uplines tailored to the specific tasks you wish to accomplish. Lastly, develop a comprehensive understanding of how forces act on the human body during suspensions, ensuring safety remains a top priority throughout the process.

The gote is a classic part of traditional Japanese bondage, aka kinbaku. Since this is the tradition RopeMarks follows and teaches in, we find it important to pass on to you the techniques and knowledge required to tie your models arms behind their back, gote-style. There is not one ‘right’ gote, the ‘right’ gote is the one that works for your model.  And we know, almost, everybody can be comfortable in a gote-based suspension.

For this workshop you will be tying on a carabiner/ring and there are many ways to tie (off) uplines, but which way do you choose when and why? We’ll take you through various exercises to help you really understand this.

Then we take the knowledge of the gote and uplines and go through three full body suspension during which we will shower you with a handful of smaller ties to have fun with during your suspensions. 

Recommended follow up workshop, suspensions #2 immersion, is next month.

Program

Topics that we will address are:

  • Gote bootcamp
  • Uplines
  • Three full body suspensions
  • A handful of smaller ties to have fun with during your suspensions
  • Anatomy & safety
  • Communication
  • Rope handling

Each topic will include safety information, details to improve your rope handling, specific techniques to improve your tying and to deepen the connection with your partner. During the workshop there’ll be plenty of room for experimenting and personal advice.

The Practicalities

  • Come as a familiar rigger and model couple.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
    This is a clothes on, non-sexual workshop, but no doubt you’ll be inspired to bring your new skills into your private intimate play at home.
  • Bring at least 8 pieces of rope, 8m in length, 6mm thick.
    It will be helpful to have a few shorter pieces, i.e. 2m and 4m in your set.
    If you need rope, follow this link: https://ropemarks.com/rope/ .
    (at this level you need your own set, no more borrowing)
  • Bring your suspension ring.
    If you have none we will provide a carabiner hardpoint.
  • Bring at least 3 carabiners if you will be tying on a carabiner hardpoint.
    It will be helpful to bring 6 carabiners.
    If you need carabiners, follow this link: https://ropemarks.com/carabiners/ .
  • We will take care of coffee, tea and snacks.
    Drinking inside the dōjō is only allowed from a bottle/container that you can close.
  • This workshop will be held in the Dutch language, but if needed we switch to English.
  • Please also see our  FAQ .

I want to participate

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Refunding & reselling

If you need to cancel please contact us asap via workshop@ropemarks.com.

Tickets for this workshop are non-refundable, but can be sold to another couple that meet the requirements. In order to ensure fairness we kindly ask that you do not sell your workshop ticket to another couple. Instead, contact us as soon as possible. We maintain a waiting list of interested couples who are eager to participate.

If you have an interested couple that would like your ticket, please have them reach out to us directly. We will handle the ticket transfer process based on the order of inquiries received. We will do our best to facilitate the transfer but we cannot guarantee availability for your new buyers. Priority will be given to those on the waiting list to ensure fairness.

When we replace you for another couple you will be fully refunded.

If the cancellation comes from us you will be fully refunded.

Questions?

We have compiled a list of the most common questions.

Follow the next link to go to our Frequently Asked Questions .

Is the answer to your question there?

If your question is not in the workshop text or our FAQ please send a mail to workshop@ropemarks.com

Who’s RopeMarks?

RopeMarks, also known as Bob Roos, is a Dutch rope artist who specializes in Japanese rope bondage, also known as shibari or kinbaku. Professionally he began studying and perfecting his craft in 1999, under the lineage of the late Akechi Denki (明智伝鬼) and Naka Akira (奈加あきら) in Japan. While RopeMarks’ work reflects the traditional techniques taught by these leading kinbakushi, he has also developed his own unique and distinct style.

RopeMarks is widely recognized as the foremost Dutch expert in Japanese rope bondage, and is highly respected in the global kinbaku community. He has taught workshops and classes around the world including, but not limited to, Europe, the United States, Russia and Japan. Using the name RopeMarks Ryū he provides real, fun, hands-on, courses, classes, lessons and workshops in Japanese rope bondage worldwide.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Peter Rens 2 August 2023 at 15:40 - Reply

    Hoi Bob,

    Samen met mijn partner Angelique de cursus Suspension #1 willen volgen op 17 september. Samen hebben we al een keer een beginners cursus gevolgd. Zelf ben ik heel handig met touw en pak dingen snel op, de basic Gote en de futomomo heb ik vaker gedaan. Is dit voldoende. mvg Peter & Angelique

    • Bob Roos 2 August 2023 at 15:53 - Reply

      Hey Peter,
      Leuk dat je mee wilt doen! 🙂 Je vraag is wat lastig in te schatten voor me, maar als je zelf denkt dat de “prerequisites” op jullie van toepassing zijn dan kun je zeker meekomen.

      Prerequisite:
      rigger: single and double column ties are your bread and butter (these will not be explained anymore), must be confident with frictions and know how to do a basic gote and futomomo.
      model: you are able to recognize and communicate good/bad bodily sensations. A pre is experience being in full body ties.

      Laat me maar horen!
      Tot snel,
      Bob

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