We are pleased to offer small group tutorials in intermediate to advanced topics in conjunction with Club Rebound in Glasgow.
For tickets and details visit https://kinbakualba.com/events/
One of the most common questions we get asked is what level do you need to be to join the workshops? We try to make most of our workshops accessible to all skills, but we do give some guidance so that you can get the most out of the experience.
Kinbaku Alba defines the workshop levels as follows:
At beginner level you would be attending for the first time or may have taken an Intro class. You will require guidance to tie the basics correctly and the majority of ties you know use only one rope. You probably have had less than 6 hours tutorial time with a teacher.
Beginners who tie should focus on limb ties, making hitches, rope handling and building rapport with their partner.
Beginners being tied should focus on being able to identify a correct limb tie, observing how their body feels in rope and building rapport with their partner.
An Improver can confidently tie the basics without the need for instruction. You can build ties using multiple ropes and understand how to use hitches to change direction and add stability. You will be spending the majority of your time on floor work but may be starting to explore the use of suspension lines under direct instruction.
Improvers who tie should be confident tying safe limb ties and understand how to build the first two ropes of a Takatekote / Gote Shibari in any style. You should also be able to construct at least one Futomomo / Bent leg tie variant and one hip harness. You should also be confident that your rope work does not slip out of place during movement. You will be working towards combining elements and should be confident in rope handling. Improvers should be able to tie emotively with basic elements and establish rapport easily with their partner.
Improvers being tied should be able to define the difference between normal pressure and signs of danger. You should similarly be able to communicate in a positive manner to your partner when rope placement is causing discomfort. Improvers should focus on “listening” for gestures and right moments that invite them to influence the course of the tie and feel confident that they are part of a dynamic partnership.
Those tying at the intermediate level have built a solid repertoire of ties and spend much more time tying outside of direct tuition. You will start to improvise more and understand the construction of common elements between ties. If you are working towards suspensions then you will start taking your first flights under direction.
Those tying at an Intermediate level can easily construct several variants of chest, limb and hip ties with adaptations to suit different body shapes. If choosing to engage in suspension you are confident in line management and can undertake partial suspensions from previous workshops without correction and can engage safely in more advanced ties in a classroom setting.
Those being tied at the intermediate level will be confident in their body knowledge and be able to communicate during ties without verbal language with at least one regular partner. You should focus on understanding the demands of particular ties on your body and be able to highlight difficulties for constructive discussion.
Advanced students have undertaken significant tuition and private practice and are confident tying a wide range of ties. You can adapt your existing knowledge easily to particular challenges and rarely need correction in your technique and safety. If you have chosen to undertake suspensions you have confident knowledge of line management, load dynamics and have an appreciation for the dangers involved. You are confident improvising new ties based on your existing knowledge.
Those who tie at the Advanced level have undertaken several private lessons, workshops or masterclasses with recognised experts in any style of Kinbaku. We do not consider any method of self learning to be adequate due to the lack of appraisal and feedback from an expert, particularly when it comes to suspension technique. You can safely tie with new partners and establish rapport with verbal and non-verbal techniques.
Those being tied at the Advanced level are able to engage in discussion and feedback about the particulars of the ties being used and the suitability for their body. You will know which kinds of ties you are most comfortable with and be able to offer suggestions on how to make modifications. If you are engaging in suspensions you have a confident knowledge regarding the dangers and possible injuries and how to communicate problems. If you tie with a new partner you can easily establish rapport with both verbal and non-verbal communication and are rarely misunderstood.
Want to get started with rope? Don’t know where to start? Come along and we will teach you just a handful of techniques that will for the basis for safe, effective and aesthetic ties. If you only ever take one class then you won’t find much better than this!
Class is from 1430 to 1630 during Rebound Open House. If you have not been to Rebound before you will need to meet us in Hengler’s Circus on Sauchiehall St, Glasgow between 1330 and 1400. There will be a piece of rope on the table to identify the group for newcomers. We cannot give you the venue address as it is a private members club and newcomers will be taken in as our guests for the day.
We repeat the very basics at every Intro to Rope Class so whether you are looking to get started or refresh your memory you will be more than welcome to join us. Each month we will also teach some application of the basics. This month we will focus on one rope techniques.
Level: Intermediate – If tying you should be able to construct a suspension chest harness and have had some experience of managing suspension lines. The suspensions will be fully supervised and are accessible to those just starting out in suspension. Those being tied should have had at least some suspension experience and be able to give feedback about what works for their body
Tickets – £180 plus booking fee
Body awareness for rigger & model
Warming up and hand position in TK
I will show a variety of movements to properly warm up your body for ropeplay, something that is beneficial not only for the model but also the rigger.
After warmup we will talk about locked hand placement in the TK to add structure and stability.
This suspension is very dynamic and playful and creates a tremendous variety for both rigger and model. It explores body awareness for those who are bound. It can be a great challenge to move freely using your stability and strength, you can vary your position from standing to inverted without changing any lines. It also maintains security since you can always return to standing if it becomes stressful. Riggers can use the tie to move the model in any form or shape you see fit and help in the flowing movements your model and you want to experience. This creates a unique interaction between the rigger and the one who is bound since you both can initiate something for the tie.
Mixed skills – depending on time and what participants wants
Quick release suspension – Using a quick release tsuri line and suspension point to add excitement for the model hanging in the suspension and also gives a great performance effect.
Fast leg binding – to use in an inverted suspension or as a tool to add in suspensions.
Fast hip support – to use for vertical lift.
Body awareness for rigger & model
I will show a variety of movements to properly stretch out your body after ropeplay. Also for working towards being more flexible something that is beneficial not only for the model but also the rigger to push getting stronger and safer in and out of the ropes .
Tying with intention and focus
A freeform approach to rope
We will talk about intent and space, movement and handling not in the technical sense but all about emotion and creating that special connection with the person you are tying with.
Ideas about using your body as a tool in creating a sadistic setting for ropeplay.
Using punching, pressurepoints, sound, body movement, fearplay, pauses and unpredictability when creating a scene.
This suspension is static and majestic, the model will be suspended upright with knees pointing down in the air and many tsuri lines will create a cage of rope surrounding the model. Its great fun to use for spinning and swinging through the air. This suspension is stable and not to stressful.
A suspension where you start sitting down. Your body leaning forward folding your arms under your legs and grasp behind your back locking your in position.
Your legs are facing in front of you gets lifted up by two ankle ties to get you into upright position with you legs now facing upwards.
A very challenging suspension in its raw form that calls for good flexibility of the one being tied.
Can be done in different steps to make it easier on the one being tied so you can gradually work your way up.
Thoughts and reflections
Some time at the end to talk about rope, fun personal stories and grounding ourselves together to express our thoughts about the workshop and share our feelings about rope.