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.
This June, STORE is delighted to present a 2 day intensive on rope in a connective style and utilising aspects of sensuality.
- Times – 12 hours total teaching time over 2 days. 1030 – 1830 approximately each day (breaks not included in teaching time estimate).
- Skill level – knowledge of how to tie a single column tie and basic hitches is preferred. Otherwise will suit a wide range of skill levels
- Partners – Please bring a partner with whom you are able to tie on an emotionally intimate basis. Most people will prefer to bring their romantic partner or a rope partner with whom they have built a close relationship with. All orientations and dynamics welcomed.
- Equipment needed – please bring your own rope. Natural ropes in 7-8m lengths preferred but not essential. You must provide your own suspension hardware although note that suspension work is entirely optional. Please bring a cutting device. If you do not have one STORE will provide one on the day for a £2 fee
This two day intensive is for rope connection, play and forming trust within a rope/play scene.
Caritia’s aim is to include –
- rope safety
- body dynamics and mechanics
- Ichinawa / One Rope
- Acupressure Points and rope
- Face and Head Bondage and
- partial suspension.
Caritia is many facets of a life path of exploration, which continues in each moment and movement.
Caritia is a wildly erotic, London born, Berlin based artist/creative of Afro-Caribbean decent, with over 18 years of experience within BDSM. A conscious kink practitioner, a lifestyle Dominant, a presenter, a photographer, a model, a teacher, a performer and a strong advocate of self-empowerment for all, working from a female led perspective.
Caritia’s aim is to share her knowledge and experiences from a perspective of honouring oneself (body, mind, spirit), whilst exploring the inner and outer spaces of the body through the disciplines of breath, meditation, bdsm, sensation play and Japanese style inspired rope bondage. Creating an environment for secure, consenting mindful adult play, communication and interaction. Giving space to explore the new, challenging and often unexplored landscape that is “your body”
Caritia’s focus is feminine dominance and empowerment. Through the vehicles of risk aware consensual kink, self responsibility, open communication, personal growth and present adult play/exploration, within all that this encompasses.
Caritia’s work takes it’s inspiration from practices of, BDSM, kinbaku, shibari, dance – (contact improvisation, tango), Lomi Lomi Massage, basic massage, meditation, acupressure, breath work (Including Holotropic, Oroborous – Kai Ehrhardt, Roy Hart work from Walli Höfinger) movement practice (Klein Technique from Babara Mahler, Acro-Yoga).
Caritia is confident in her vulnerability, follows her intuition and aims to remain present. An on going work that encourages the companionship of her long time friend humour. Caritia travels her path, embracing her, spirituality, sensuality, sexuality strength and her connection to that which roots her – honesty and trust.
To book private sessions, workshops, talks, photographic shoots, interviews or for further enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to all the handout information are here
STORE set off into 2015 with a bang with a 5 day intensive workshop with Mr Hajime Kinoko at the Virginia Gallery. Twisted came at the end of the week with guest performers Fred Hatt & Miss Bones, Wkyd Dave and Clover and Kinoko with Skinnyredhead. We took the feedback from the last Twisted and set out to collaborate with our new venue, Club X, whilst keeping all the things we liked about The Virginia Gallery who still hosted our week of workshops.
The first act of the night was Fred Hatt & Miss Bones. This dynamic duo have a palpable connection and loving nature contrasting with the harshness of the ties. Fred, originally from Glasgow, may well be the first ever person to perform kinbaku on stage in a kilt and there were lots of other little tartan mementos included in their performance. Who knew a Japanese art could be so Scottish too!
Fred and Bones are also keenly involved in Pop Up Rope Events (PuRE) in London which organises all kinds of rope events from workshops on how to tie, life drawing classes and circus style aerial arts training. At STORE we’re looking forward to collaborating in the future with PuRE. There is also the blog www.bonesandrope.com which shares some interesting insights.
Next up was Wykd Dave and Clover who many of you remember performed for us at the first ever Twisted. They were so good we wanted to bring them back again! We were not disappointed. It’s not often on stage that you get to see a reverse prayer tie so strictly applied and used for an elaborate and challenging suspension. Clover’s grace blends perfectly with Wykd Dave’s loving sadism.
Wykd Dave and Clover travel nationally and internationally to lots of rope events. If you haven’t been able to see their show, or better yet attend a class with them, then we heartily recommend that you give them a try! Check out all the details on http://rope-topia.com/
Last onto the stage were Kinoko-san and SkinnyRedHead. Being the organiser of this event I know that these two had never met before the workshops started and had never performed together. You would not have been able to tell from this performance! Skinny’s proud strength in Kinoko-san’s torturous ties was infused with deep emotions which had the audience in stunned silence and then rapturous applause. Many of us had seen the joking and lighthearted side of Kinoko-san during the workshops and the transformation he undergoes on stage is phenomenal. This was far and away the most powerful piece of performance I have ever witnessed.
Kinoko-san continues on a world tour for the next few weeks. He is also due to perform at Torture Garden’s Valentines event. His website is www.shibari.jp
Skinny is available as a model and creative and can be contacted via her website – www.skinny-art.com
Personal Thanks From Organiser, Jin
Describing the last week of my life using simply words is not possible. It has been a journey of emotion, new connections, friendship and love.
Many thanks to 秀土平松 / Mr Kinoko Hajime for leading the week’s workshop. He is not just a skilled performer but an intuitive and creative teacher also. Absolutely everyone in the class received tailored attention and encouragement. He is also a wonderful house guest and is always full of smiles and joy and unexpected moments of hilarity. I feel as though I have gained a good friend rather than simply accommodated a tutor.
Skinny was an absolutely astounding model for Kinoko-san but not only that spent much of the workshop going round everyone making sure they got to see the details of the tie up close. She also helped each of the people being tied understand what it should feel like. She’s also pretty good at floor cleaning and rounding up coffee cups! To say that her performance with Kinoko-san was mesmerising feels a little cliched but I simply cannot find the words to describe it. The strong connection between these two was wonderful to watch and off stage there was such a lovely warmth also
Thank you to Ian & Drew of Luke & Jack with the ever helpful Cameron for hosting the workshops and helping make all the vital connections that were needed to make both the workshop and Twisted a runaway success
Thank you to Darren and his team at Club X for being so friendly and easy to work with for Twisted. It was a joy to organise all the events with such helpful people. Thanks also go to Darren for helping to avert a near tour stopping crisis and to the lovely honest patrons of Delmonica’s who ensured that a certain person’s mislaid bag and passport were safely stored away.
Thank you to Dave Wykd, Clover, Fred & Anna for travelling all the way to us in Scotland to be part of Twisted and to help make the best show I’ve ever had the pleasure to see. Yes, as the organiser I’m biased…. but I really mean it! Such passion and skill went into all the acts on stage that it is humbling that you all agreed to share with us.
Thanks to Osaka Dan for organising the whole tour. It has been worth all your hard work and the week we have had was just perfect. Thank you for convincing me to go for the 5 day workshop!
She isn’t online, but the lovely Nana needs a mention as the best damned interpreter we could have asked for as well as excellent company both at the workshop and at home. You would hardly believe that it isn’t really her profession and she helped to navigate a few critical cultural and communication hiccups with ease and no stress.
Also in the background has been Telarian who has been husband extraordinaire, master frame designer and builder for STORE. Without him none of it would have happened. My own bunny for the workshop was an absolute trooper and as fun as ever to work with.
Huge thanks to Iongantas for the photography at Twisted and to Alice Gordon for the video footage.
And thank you to everyone who came along. The workshop would have been nothing without the dynamic of this group. There was so much sharing and laughing in this class but without ever becoming silly. I haven’t tagged any of you so that you can choose for yourself how you can be found. Please do tag yourself or message me if we are not already friends. I would love to stay in touch with every last one of you.
So yeah. Wow!
Introduction to one rope techniques/Ichinawa
aka One rope, one knot and lots of fun
Style(s): Japanese/Eastern. Connective.
Level: Beginner and up
Capacity: no set limit
Venue: Luke & Jack, 45 Virginia St, Glasgow
Description: Small hands on group session on one rope/ichinawa techniques. This is an introductory session is repeated so don’t worry if you miss it this time around.
Required knowledge/equipment: Competence in any variant of the single column tie is essential. You should aim to bring your own rope although some can be borrowed on the day. This session will presume the use of traditional length kinkbaku rope (7-8m ropes, natural fibre, 4-6mm diameter). All the ties can be done with just about any rope however.
Please register your interest in attending using the RSVP function so that an appropriate number of instructors can be recruited.
STORE workshops are run by volunteers and everyone is welcome to request topics or host workshops of their own. Simply get in touch to discuss.