I have a slight concern about some activity I see related to a teppo shibari combined with a yoko zuri. See the images below about what these mean.

The main concern is related to the following. The last RopeMarks show, premiered on BoundCon IX, consisted of a (brutal) sequence where we go from a teppo shibari to a yoko zuri. This particular sequence is one that I’ve never seen before. This doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done, just that my knowledge about the performances people around the globe do might be incomplete. After the premiere of our show we see specifically our teppo redone by a number of people and we see the particular sequence being taught in bondage workshops exactly the way we did it during the show. Now, let’s assume for the sake of my ego :), that our show is indeed the trigger of this. Then I would like to point out some details.

The particular teppo that we utilize in our show is an adapted version of the complete one. We stripped it for reasons of speed and dramatic effect. This teppo shibari is safe but only ment for short term and cooperative usage, the short term of less than a few minutes during our show.

Next, the yoko zuri we utilize is achieved by applying a very simple mune nawa that connects the nawa zuri to the suspension point. The simple version of the mune nawa is definitly not ment for home use. It is again a stripped version for speed and dramatic effect of a complete mune nawa. A full body suspension with this mune nawa is brutal and only ment for a _very_ short period of time with an experienced rope bunny.

On two occasions I have seen our exact teppo shibari and yoko zuri from our show being used in a private play situation (in a public place) and I have seen it being taught. Remember people we do this for a show, entertainment, an act, a bondage fetish circus act based on kinbaku patterns. it’s a complete choreagraphed and timed action practised to be done safe, fast and perfect. It is not ment to be redone like the show or taught like the show. Please, please take heed whatever we do during a show, especially our last one, is not ment to be taught for use in serious private play. 

So there… be warned 🙂