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It’s an exciting foreplay, it’s generally experienced as the best BDSM play, deepens the trust and respect between partners, it looks erotic and exciting on photos and is simply fun to do; Japanese rope bondage. We think it’s safe to say that information about Japanese rope bondage (aka shibari or kinbaku) is the most sought after in the BDSM community world wide.

Who is RopeMarks?

RopeMarks (Amsterdam, the Netherlands) started studying and specializing himself professionally in Japanese rope bondage (shibari, kinbaku) in 1999. Over his career he studied under the lineage of the late Akechi Denki (明智伝鬼) and Naka Akira (奈加あきら) in the land of the rising sun. RopeMarks’ work reflects the traditional techniques taught by these leading nawashi’s but is vastly complemented with his own distinct and unique style.
RopeMarks is recognised as the leading Dutch specialist in the field of Japanese rope bondage. In the world-wide kinbaku scene RopeMarks is a house-hold name of very good reputation.

RopeMarks has been teaching Japanese rope bondage around the globe, from Europe to the USA and all the way to the country of origin, Japan.

Using the name RopeMarks Ryū he provides real, fun, hands-on, courses, classes, lessons and workshops in Japanese rope bondage (aka shibari or kinbaku) worldwide.

Using the name RopeMarks Ryū we provide real, fun, hands-on, courses, classes, lessons and workshops in Japanese rope bondage (aka shibari or kinbaku) worldwide.

Our tuition

When studying under RopeMarks Ryū you, the rigger and bunny, will learn the techniques, patterns and positions to perform safe and sane Japanese bondage’s that you can really use.

RopeMarks is a strong believer in understanding the reasons behind what you do instead of a “monkey-see-monkey-do”-approach. Therefore, in addition to learning safe use of actual techniques, patterns and positions we go out of our way to teach you the reasons why things are done in a particular way and the pros and cons about this way. Further we will explain and show you the different approaches to create a particular bondage. All of which will aid you in understanding what you do and allow you to develop your own unique style so you can be an original.

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Become a master!

No tuition by itself will make anybody a Japanese rope bondage master. For that practice and experience is key, but tuition will provide you with the knowledge to lift your rope bondage skill development to the next level(s) and continue your journey with confidence.
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The Venue

Our group tuition is held in a beautiful place located in a quite and green area of Amsterdam. The space is approximately 80m2, well heated and the powerful air extraction system makes sure the entire space is complete refreshed every seven minutes. On top of that we can open opposing windows to let the fresh air circulate. Here we have space for 12 couples while still being able to maintain a 1.5m distance from each other.

Private tuition is held in our own Amsterdam RopeMarks HQ. We mainly use this for 1:1 private tuition or tuition for small groups. In the case of private- or small group tuition we can also travel to a place of your choosing.


The testimonials is a brief list of feedback from RopeMarks Ryū students and participants.

As someone with a reasonable amount of experience you gave us renewed inspiration and enthousiasme and we really made big steps forward in our rope bondage skills after your workshop.

Rob and maris
Masterclass, Netherlands

De workshop van Bob bracht de sfeer er goed in. 
After topic on FetLife

sweetblackangel, 2016
Ellipsis Rope Event ft. Ren Yagami, Workshop

“You don't know what you don't know (i.e. the Dunning–Kruger effect). With my style of teaching you will anticipate on this very important aspect of Japanese rope bondage. After 20+ years studying, performing and teaching Japanese rope bondage I think I have something to say for the benefit of your progress. I will teach you to be a voice instead of an echo in the wonderful world of Japanese rope bondage aka kinbaku aka shibari. ”

don't just learn patterns, learn how to tie
be a voice, not an echo

Why choose RopeMarks

RopeMarks Ryū

What is RopeMarks Ryū?

RopeMarks Ryū is one of, if not, the oldest traditional Japanese rope bondage Ryū in the Netherlands and Europe. It was officially founded in 1999 by Bob of RopeMarks.

RopeMarks Ryū is designed to easily understand essential Japanse rope bondage (kinbaku) skills.

To understand the concept of RopeMarks Ryū you need to understand the general concept of a ryū. Simply put a ryū can be described as a style, as in a certain way of doing something or as a school of thought or discipline.

RopeMarks Ryū is a traditional school developed by Bob of RopeMarks that is the synthesis of many aspects of the deceptive simplicity of Kinbaku and Hojojutsu. It is designed to teach you essential skills and techniques with an emphasis on technical, physical and emotional safety.

Even with its roots in tradition RopeMarks Ryū will continuously develop, always changing, flowing and maturing with new insights. Some basics will never change but as long as people consciously and subconsciously learn, develop and grow so RopeMarks Ryū will develop, grow and mature.

Pillars of RopeMarks Ryū

RopeMarks Ryū is designed on a number of pillars to allow its students to easily understand and learn essential Japanese rope bondage skills.

  • The true beauty of, Japanese, rope bondage; technically strong and beautiful, emotionally safe, bondage with your own partner.
  • Think about what you do and why you are doing it; safe, sane and consensual practice of kinbaku.
  • Kinbaku is a means not a goal; pragmatic methods to create the best experience possible.
  • Know your history to shape your future; build upon the past of hojojutsu, kinbaku and honour those who have gone before.
  • Motivate and stimulate originality;  use layering, patterns, elements and building blocks to innovate.

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