General information

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

Posted on

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

Video Posted on Updated on

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

Posted on Updated on

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

Posted on Updated on

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

Posted on Updated on

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

Posted on Updated on

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

Posted on Updated on

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

The ‘bones and rope’ hip harness

Posted on Updated on

An interesting hip harness from Bones & Rope:

Bones and Rope

… because what the world really needs right now is another bloody hip harness…!

We came up with this hip harness recently because we wanted a harness that allowed extremely dynamic positions and that wouldn’t restrict leg movement (particularly opening and closing). We played around with various ideas, and this is the result of our ‘research’, so we’re putting it out there for ‘peer review’ 🙂

We think this hip harness is:

  1. Versatile – there are two versions, with and without a hip line, both comfortable in suspension,
  2. Solid – doubling the rope at the front stem prevents the leg frictions and the waist friction from being able to slip in suspension,
  3. Comfortable – the leg frictions are towards the inside thigh, and the hip support rope doesn’t restrict leg movement (e.g. opening the legs). The hip support constitutes a ‘mesh’ at the back which offers extra support for the buttocks in…

View original post 88 more words

What to wear to a STORE workshop

Posted on Updated on

The primary purpose of STORE is to provide educational space in which everyone is comfortable. As such here are a few guidelines for how to dress for a STORE educational event.

STORE will be taking a no nudity/lingerie/underwear policy during educational events. This is to respect all attendees boundaries and to delineate the difference between a learning space and a play space. If you think of workshops as being like dressing for a yoga or dance class you’ll probably get it right.

Temperature is the main issue for most people and layering is often the way to go. Sometimes it will be too hot, sometimes it will be too cold. Many of you will notice that your body temperature increases greatly during ties and suddenly drops off afterwards. Preparing for this in advance is essential.

For those tying, you may find that light comfortable trousers and a t-shirt/vest gives the best range of movement with the option of adding a thicker jumper or jacket on top to keep warm when not active. Skirts are generally a bit impractical for doing rope, but you will find a long and loose skirt much easier than a short tight one. Many people have a tendency to tie in bare feet or socks only (which is mandatory in venues with matted floors!) but generally go with what you are comfortable in. Learning a tie is not the time to try out your new towering heels!

Those being tied should try keep things easy for the people doing the tying. In general the more detail of your body they can see the better. The ideal is probably leotard and leggings but will not suit all people’s confidence with body shape. Technical t-shirts and baselayers found in sports shops are a great alternative. Try to avoid very baggy clothes or clothes with a slippery surface as these make learning quite tough for your partner as ropes will slip about or be in the wrong place. Bring a warm jumper or blanket for in between activity.

Items that may cause issues:

  • Underwired bras – the underwire sits exactly where ropes would like to be and can cause a ruined bra at best, painful pressure at worst.
  • Fishnet/lace tights – those wee beggars get caught on everything!
  • Strappy tops or cutout details on the back of a top – try keeping your back as fuss free as possible and as tight to the skin as possible

If you have other suggestions or questions please feel free to add them below!

The Who, What, Where, Why and When of STORE

Posted on Updated on

What is STORE?

The Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange is pretty much what it says on the tin: a regular meeting in the Strathclyde area which is open to all people interested in rope, rope art and rope bondage.

Who is STORE for?

Anyone interested in rope regardless of experience level, style or role. You can learn to tie, come and be tied, share your knowledge or simply observe. You can participate as much or as little as you like.

Why was STORE started?

Scotland, particularly Central Scotland, has a rapidly expanding group of rope practitioners from various styles, philosophies and approaches. There are regular Peer Workshops and individual tuition opportunities along with regular club nights (Rebound and Club T) that provide dedicated space and experienced attendees in a multitude of styles. STORE is intended to compliment the already available resources whilst adding a different flavour by holding themed educational events on a semi-regular basis.

Where will it be held?

At the moment the plan is to hold semi-regular events at the premises of Club Rebound. Additional venues will always be kept in mind for additional events.

When will it be?

STORE will happen on alternate months during the Open House event at Club Rebound. This will be the opposite months from the Peer Rope Workshop. Care will be taken to try and avoid clashing with the Peer Rope Edinburgh workshop and other events where possible.

How much will it cost?

As much as hiring the venue costs split across the number of people attending. STORE is a non-profit venture. This writing will be updated with event listings as and when they are made.