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

Hands Free Harnesses – Sunday 26th April

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Hands Free Harnesses

aka thinking outside the box tie

Location: Luke & Jack’s, 45 Virginia St, Glasgow, G1 1TS

Time: 1230 to 1630

Level: open to all comers including beginners

Equipment needed: any style of rope (workshop rope available for new people)

Price: £5

Description: Lots of people find the often taught box tie doesn’t work for them or their partner and other chest harnesses often focus on the look rather than the function. There are other excellent options out there with the hands left free to allow a wider variety of positions to suit all body shapes and ranges of flexibility. We will cover a couple of useful ties both from Japanese style tying and from European styles designed for groundwork and suspension. No actual suspension is taught at this class although tips will be given to advanced students already practicing suspensions.

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.

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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:


  • 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

Rope from the Bottom’s Perspective: An Afternoon with Gestalta – December 14th

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Rope from the Bottom’s Perspective

aka Tying your partner, not a partner

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Style: Any
Level: All levels
Capacity: No limits
Venue: Luke & Jack’s
Cost: £7.50 per person (Note this is a slightly higher price than normal sessions as our expert facilitator has been brought in specially)

This workshop is aimed at both bottoms AND riggers. Practical exercises with a partner are involved (although there is no minimum experience level). I’d encourage anyone attending alone to pair off with another member of the group at random, though you’re welcome just to watch if you’re more comfortable with that.

Description: A lot of the emphasis of rope workshops is placed on the act of tying, rather than that of being tied. Being a rope bottom is not a passive experience and there are skills that bottoms learn over time too. Bottoms are not interchangeable bodies for practicing rope on and a good understanding of the complexities of what it is to be bound is essential for bottoms and riggers alike. With that in mind STORE has sought out the experience of the internationally admired Gestalta to offer her unique perspective of what it is to be a rope bottom.

Facilitators for this session: Gestalta was introduced to kinbaku for the first time whilst working as a photographic model in 2007, and it remains one of her main passions to this day. In 2009 (ish?) she first started modelling for Esinem, and did (and still does) various performances / workshops with him around London.

From 2011 to 2014 she modelled for Kazami Ranki for many workshops and performances around Europe and Australia.
Gestalta has also attended more workshops than she can count as a model for a wide variety of both teachers and students.

She has been tying for almost as long as she has been modelling, beginning with self suspension and later tying other people, and has picked up most of her knowledge of this from watching and experiencing rope, rather than formal tuition. She also has such a broad experience of being a rope bottom and model that she is able to teach about rope from both sides of the dynamic and place emphasis on the importance of the experience of the person being tied as well as the one doing the tying.

Please register your interest in attending using the RSVP function so that we can plan logistics.

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Twisted: An intimate evening of rope performance & art

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9th August 2014, 1930 to 2200

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.

On our opening night we have the pleasure of presenting:

  • Wykd Dave & Clover – an internationally renowned team whose style will take you on an emotional journey as well as creating dynamic aesthetics. It is little wonder this duo are solidly booked for performances worldwide at least 1 year in advance!

Other acts will be added once confirmed.

Ticket cost: £7.50

Due to the venue size ticket sales will be strictly limited to 40 persons maximum. Buy your tickets here (We don’t see your payment details and you can book in any name you like)
Alternatively you can buy tickets over the counter @ Luke & Jack or from AijinNawa directly.

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. Watch with your eyes, not with your smartphone!

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

Basic Rope Safety and Emergencies Management – 22nd June 2014

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Basic Rope Safety and Emergencies Management – 22nd June 2014

aka how to avoid fucking up and how to deal with it if you do!

This session is aimed at everyone involved in rope whether they tie or do the tying. A large portion of the information can also be applied to non-rope play and attendees from other skills are more than welcome to attend.

There will be teaching of practical, hands on first aid and modified CPR during this session. This session does not replace attending a formal first aid course and no certification will be given.

date: 22nd June 2014 at Club Rebound (If you don’t know where this is head for Hengler’s Circus for 1330)


£3 per person to the venue
Donations requested on a non-obligatory basis towards the cost of the CPR equipment and sacrificial ropes
Eventbrite - Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange Basic Safety & Emergences Management

Facilitators for this session:

Guidance will be provided by a professionals with backgrounds in A&E medicine, Emergency Services training and Basic through to Advanced Life Support. Input has been requested from a spectrum of individuals with medical, psychological and health and safety experience as well as those with practical experience in rope.

Topics covered:

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  • Safety equipment you should own – covering safety shears, line cutters, first aid kits with a rope safety focus. All items discussed can be purchased at the event or in advance.
  • Asking the right questions to new partners – covering how much you need to know about someone’s physical and mental health whilst respecting their personal boundaries.
  • Setting up a safe play environment – covering how to play safely without losing the atmosphere both at home and in public environments.
  • Safe words, safe signs and checking in – covering how setting up a language for communication of “all is well” can enhance all partners’ experience
  • Common problems encountered in rope bondage – covering circulation issues, identifying problematic pressure areas, “spacing out” vs worrisome reduced consciousness and simple injuries
  • Mental and emotional first aid – covering how to communicate effectively about the non-physical side of rope and deal with difficult emotions.

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  • Cutting the rope vs untying – covering situations where both approaches are either exactly the right or wrong thing to do
  • Safe removal of tight bindings – covering the practicalities of removing ligatures without causing injury
  • Practical management of panic – covering giving helpful support to a partner experiencing acute emotional crisis
  • Loss of consciousness – covering simple faint, a non-communicating partner and sudden collapse
  • The non-breathing collapsed partner – covering how to respond to a life threatening emergency and practical instruction in Hands Only CPR.

What you need to bring to this session:

  • No tying will be taught during the session. Feel free to bring rope for having a jam afterwards though as it won’t take the full 4 hours available to cover the material.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and be ready to get down on the floor for the CPR section
  • There are few seating options at the venue. Be ready to sit on the floor or stand to the side

If you want to attend please register your interest here
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