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ARCHAEOLOGY OF PERSONALITIES: a linguistic approach to erotic rope bondage by Georg Barkas

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41w2luiw7ulWe cannot recommend this book enough. Too many volumes look only at the technicality of tying and not feeling and expression that creates the most memorable and meaningful interactions with our partners.

It’s on Kindle here (and on Unlimited if you have it) or you can buy it in processed tree carcass form too for real world reading.

Takatekote Shibari the Music Video

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Not only is it actually a great video for revising your TK it’s pretty catchy to boot!

28th May 2016 – Twisted: An intimate evening of rope performance & art

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The first event of its kind in Scotland, Twisted showcases rope as you’ve never seen it before with dynamic displays from our skilled performers. We invite you to our intimate subterranean venue to experience the tension and flow of the ropes and discover the hidden world of expressive rope bondage.

Our next Twisted is on 28th May 2016 at Club x, 68 Virginia St, Glasgow

Our performers will be:

  • Barkas & Addie
  • Cad & Afsana
  • Cabi & Kimokawii

We welcome artists who wish to sketch during the acts but we request that patrons refrain from taking photographs or video footage. We have our own imagery team who work within our venues and follow our rules regarding the privacy and comfort of other patrons.

Watch with your eyes, not with your smartphone!


  • £10 Early Bird
  • £12.50 in advance
  • £15 on the door

Eventbrite - Twisted: An intimate evening of rope performance & art

28th May 2016 – Introduction to Osada-ryu with Barkas

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Eventbrite - Introduction to Osada-ryu with Barkas

Introduction to Osada-ryu

Osada Ryu is one of the few schools of Japanese Rope Bondage. It is in some senses comparable with schools in martial arts. The focus herein lies on the partner though and how to take care of this person. The Osada Ryu consists of a system of numberless bondage patterns on one side and on a philosophical approach on the other side. The latter one can be described as a way of how to behave in a rope scene to a beloved person. The class gives a first insight into the principles of Osada Ryu and offers a few rope techniques, which are crucial for the school.


  • The 9 gates of Osada Ryu
  • The Osada Ryu Takate Kote
  • Ipponnawa (one rope techniques)
  • Armbinder

If the class is running smoothly there may also be time to cover other topics at Barkas’ discretion

Entry level class, although knowledge of rope basics is essential!

If you need basic instruction come along to any of our “Intro to Rope” sessions and one of our tutors will let you know if you have the skills to join this class.

About Osada Ryu

Osada Steve(長田スティーブ)is recognised within the worldwide Shibari community as an undisputed Master. In his work he emphasises the spiritual and emotional connection with the model, while giving absolute priority to the model’s well-being and safety. He also emphasises discernment of the values of Japanese culture, which are embodied in the rope work.

In 1998 he met the legendary Shibari Grandmaster, the late Osada Eikichi (長田英吉), and became his deshi (disciple). He studied his style of Shibari until Osada Eikichi’s retirement in 2001, when he became his designated successor. He subsequently studied under the late Akechi Denki (明智伝鬼) , Grandmaster Yukimura Haruki (雪村春樹) , and Nawashi Kanna (縄師神凪).

About Barkas

Currently living in Vancouver, Canada, I am a bondage educator, performance artist, writer and event organizer.

I became an Osada Ryu instructor in 2011 when I opened the Shibari Dojo Vienna. Since then I am one of the 4 licenced Osada Ryu instructors of the world. In 2015 I got a „given name“ by Yukimura Haruki Sensei. Harutsuyu. This honour allows me to teach Yukimura Ryu as well. Another huge influence is the friendship with Nawashi Kanna Sensei and Kagura San, which started I co-organized their first tour outside of Japan in 2013. As a product of this high level education, I developed my own, very specific style called “Ranboo”, which is a highly dynamical and stormy way of doing and thinking Kinbaku.

I co-organized the annual Viennese Rope Festival and other events such as the “A night full of Kinbaku”. Within my work as a Kinbaku teacher and performer, I cooperate with different artists and arts institutions, such as the Zafraan ensemble, the Viennese Tanzquartier, the photographer Tom Hofmann and others.

A special focus of me is the implementation of various philosophical, sociological, physical, mathematical and historical ideas into my approach. A recent development of me is the metaphor of tying as an interview – a certain mind-set that can help to perfect one’s own style. Intellectuality and emotionality don’t contradict each other. „To fill the techniques with life and personality“. I don’t tie people, I tie with them.

Performances and Workshops all over the world, such as at Shibaricon (‘14 & ‘15) in Chicago, at Moscow knot, at Kannawa Kai in Tokyo, at West Coast Bound in Vancouver and many other events and occasions made has made me a well-known and demanded Kinbaku artist.

Saturday, 28 May 2016 from 11:00 to 17:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
Venue TBC – Central Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom – View Map

Nerve Injuries – Practical exercises to improve function

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Here at STORE we sincerely hope that you never have to deal with the effects of nerve damage relating to rope incidents. Whilst injuries are not that common they can be quite debilitating and long lasting without specialist treatment. In the aftermath people often feel a bit lost for what they can do to help and so we did a bit of research and found these extremely helpful videos that cover how to relieve the symptoms of nerve compression. Whislt these are aimed at those with chronic nerve compression issues there is valuable information that is applicable in terms of prevention of injury and general treatment.

If you or your partner suspect that you have a nerve injury you MUST seek specialist medical assistance. DO NOT attempt to self -treat.

The Munter Hitch

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One of the most useful hitches you’ll come across is the Munter Hitch. This useful hitch goes by many names, such as the Italian Hitch, the Crossing Hitch and even Halbmastwurfsicherung (half clove hitch belay). It was popularised in climbing by a gentleman called Werner Munter hence the eponymous moniker.

Easy and quick to learn, the Munter Hitch is a very stable friction which rubs against itself and the part being hitched onto keeping good tension throughout. With practice you’ll be able to tie it in one fluid movement, but for simplicity we’ll show you the step by step method.

1. Cross the working end of the rope over the part you wish to hitch onto
2. Insert finger under the part being hitched to, hook the working end and pull through
3. After the first hooking you should have this configuration
4. Hook and pull again as shown
5. Make sure the working end pulls the friction together
6. If the working end pulls in the wrong direction it will cause the friction to open and slip

Foundation of the Box Tie

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This is the first layer of several different chest ties. It can be tied with the hands in any position. We have shown it with the hands behind the back as this is the most common usage. This is a memory aide only. To learn this tie properly you should be shown it “hands on”. This is the first step of the Ushiro Takatekote (後ろ高手小手) which is one of the most well known of the Japanese style ties


1. Anchor your rope with a single column tie or similar. Wrap the standing end around the chest.
2. Wrap a second time passing the rope over the diagonal rope coming from the anchor knot
3. pass the rope under the diagonal rope and pull up
4. put one finger up under the chest wraps as shown. Loop the standing end over your finger and then pull it through
5. Repeat the finger hook a second time as shown
6. Repeat the finger hook one last time to complete