Rope Salon – 7th July 2016 at Club X

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A new idea from StORE, we present Rope Salon.

Rope Salon is a discussion with likeminded people
Rope Salon is a space to tie and be tied
Rope Salon is a place for new ideas, innovation and art
Rope Salon is a safe haven

Club X is at 68 Virginia St, Glasgow

Entry is £5


  • Doors open from 7pm. Last entry by 9pm
  • Discussion and socialising in seated area with suggestions on each table for topics
  • Tying space available in open plan area with some seated observation/sketching space
  • Demonstrations and Presentations by invited guests on selected nights

Expected behaviour

  • Socialising and group discussion to be kept to the bar and seated areas.
  • Alcohol consumption in moderation is allowed.
  • Be polite to others.
  • Have fun, experiment and innovate.
  • Use the space to meet new tying partners in a safe and monitored environment
  • Please respect the privacy of others.
  • No cameras or mobile phone recordings please. Those wishing to capture artistic imagery should discuss it with the organisers first.

Tying space guidelines

  • Our tying space is open to all levels of skill and styles of tying
  • The space is for interpersonal exchange based on the use of rope only. No canes, crops, floggers etc
  • Swimwear level of nudity at most.
  • No intimate touching.
  • Any patron who is drunk will not be allowed into the tying area, even to observe.

Safe Haven

  • Rope Salon respects the right of all patrons to express themselves as individuals
  • Rope Salon will take a Zero Tolerance approach to any kind of harassment or prejudice towards our patrons
  • The venue is an LGBT space and we are the guest of that community.
  • The Safeword RED applies to all parts of the space. If used by anyone in your area please give them your attention and react appropriately.
  • If anyone is making you feel uncomfortable in any way you can approach any of the staff for help. If the person you’d like to speak about is nearby or you need discretion please use the phrase “Have you seen Monica or Joe this evening?”. Our staff will know to take you somewhere private to discuss the problem with you.
  • We take safety very seriously. We hope that the space will be self-policing, but staff will reserve the right to intervene on safety grounds. Feedback will be provided after the situation is made safe.

Rope Salon is NOT a fetish or BDSM event. Whilst it is being listed on Fetlife you should think of it as being much more like a social dance evening. As such our “rules” are based on Scottish Law and allowable activity in a public setting.

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

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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

Twisted: January 31st 2015

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The first event of its kind in Scotland, Twisted will showcase rope bondage 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.

We did such a good job with August’s event that we’ve found a whole new venue just a stone’s throw from the old one. Club X has joined up with us and in response to your feedback there’s a bit more room and quite a lot more seats! We even throw in a bar for good measure!

We will confirm acts in the coming weeks. So far we have:

Hajime Kinoko – expert in both traditional kinbaku and modern fusion styles Kinoko is a true artist of rope, emotion, energy and presence. Rarely seen outside of Japan his performances are something to be seen!

We welcome artists who wish to sketch during the acts but we request that patrons refrain from taking photographs or video footage during the performances. It is very distracting to others and has a negative impact on the experience. Watch with your eyes, not with your smartphone!

Do you have questions about Twisted? Contact Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange

5 Day Masterclass with Hajime Kinoko – 28th January to 1st February

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STORE is delighted to present an intensive 5 day Masterclass with Hajime Kinoko.

Weds January 28th 2015 to Sunday February 1st.

Eventbrite - Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange: 5 day Masterclass with Hajime Kinoko
Hajime Kinoko is a young and extremely talented rigger from Tokyo who excels in the traditional style of kinbaku, but also raises attention through innovative ideas and contemporary interpretations. He masters not only an excellent technique but also has a reputation for dramatic live acts. Notwithstanding a distinct feel for form and aesthetics, for Kinoko the rope is only a means to an end: for him the essence of Shibari is revealed in the elegance and beauty of suffering.

Hajime Kinoko‘s web site: http://shibari.jp/


  • The exact topics for each day will be announced in advance and should be available 01/10/14.
  • This class will be for intermediate to advanced students only. 
  • Floorwork, partial and full suspension will be taught. You should have your own rope and hardware for this.
  • The venue location will be confirmed and passed on to attendees. It will be in Glasgow City Centre within easy walking distance of major train stations and bus routes.
  • Tickets will be sold as Part One and Part Two to allow the payment to be split. The tickets are £600 in total.It is not possible to buy single day tickets. All attendees must purchase Part One and Part Two by 31/12/14 at the very latest.If you do not purchase both tickets by this time your order will be cancelled and the class place released to another person.

Eventbrite - Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange: 5 day Masterclass with Hajime Kinoko

As usual, STORE is running the workshop in a non-profit model. All monies received are going towards the cost of Mr Hajime’s time and travel, an interpreter and a venue able to take a class of this size and still allow for suspension points. If any money is gained it remains within STORE and is re-invested into other educational events.

If you think the charge is excessive it is worth considering that the only other way to get this level of closely supervised tuition from a Japanese Kinbaku Expert is to fly to Japan and book lessons. When we researched it, it was approx £2000 to get to Japan either with your partner, or fly alone and hire a local model, get somewhere to stay and have meals for 5 days. The cost of hiring the teacher is not included in this sum either. This would be £100+ph 

We anticipate people considering travelling from areas other than Strathclyde to attend the class. We welcome visitors! You may wish to slightly delay booking accomodation however as if we get a lot of “out of town” people we will try and billet people with local attendees or arrange a group holiday apartment to keep the costs down.

If you would be interested in either group accomodation or staying with one of our local team please get in touch by email.

Do you have questions about Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange: 5 day Masterclass with Hajime Kinoko? Contact Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange

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

The Yuki Knot – Basic

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This is the basic non tightening cuff that is taught at Kinbaku Alba workshops. There are lots of different ways to tie a non tightening cuff or single column tie. You don’t have to use this one if you have another one you prefer.

Whatever style of knot is used it must not tighten the cuff when the standing end is pulled, and remain easy to un-tie even if the knot compacts.

The Yuki Knot or Boola Boola Knot

  1. Double over your rope and find the middle (the bight).
    • To find the bight take both ends of the rope together in one hand and pull the ends along together until you reach the loop where they both meet
  2. Wrap once over the top of the thing you wish to tie
    • This gives more control over the limb being tied
    • You should try to hold the tension in the wrap as shown
  3. Wrap again taking care to keep the tension of both wraps the same and pass the bight over the top of all the wraps
    • If you need more rope simply pull some through using your thumb and forefinger to keep the tension
  4. Pass the bight under all the wraps
    • If you press up with a finger under the wraps you will keep your tension
  5. Make a loop in your standing end
    • Pay close attention to the direction of the loop. It is a half turn in the same direction the wraps were applied
  6. Pull the bight through the loop and pull to tighten


Tied properly this cuff will not tighten no matter how much load is put on the standing end yet will be easy to undo by pulling on the bight to open up the knot.

This knot works best with natural fibre ropes. It may not be reliable with synthetic ropes and is especially prone to failure with climbing ropes. All of the tutorials on Kinbaku Alba are based on natural fiber twisted ropes.