Rope Salon 25th March @ Club X, Glasgow

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noun – a regular social gathering, especially of artists and intellectuals, for both discussion and the presentation of new ideas

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

Whether you are new to rope or one of our regulars you are welcome to join us for an evening of social tying and networking.

We welcome all skill levels, approaches, identities and orientations to our space. You don’t need to be a member of any special groups or have asked permission to come along. Just turn up on the night. You can purchase a ticket in advance if you like, but most people just slip us a shiny fiver at the door.

You don’t even need to be tying to join us. Watchers are welcome too.


  • Doors open from 7pm. Last entry by 9pm
  • Discussion and socialising in seated area
  • Tying space available in open plan area with some seated observation/sketching space

29th May 2016 – Ranboo with Barkas

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We are delighted to be hosting Internationally Respected teacher Barkas in Glasgow this May. As part of the weekend of activities he will be teaching his unique style, Ranboo.

Ranboo is a game with the astonishment of your partner.

It is not to apply certain patterns but to apply all patterns in an empathic and conscious way. For a good Ranboo session it’s much more crucial how to shape the session dynamically. Dynamic is often misunderstood as speed, but its the spatial and temporal game with distance (ma-ai), with constantly changing the speed (Kankyuu) and last but not least with hard and soft phases of the session.

In a Ranboo session one can treat their partner like an enemy and in the next second this enemy can be the love of their life.

The crucial point is that your partner is not able to foresee what’s coming next and this is probably the most difficult thing in Ranboo: to know what to do without showing it, to take care of your partner’s safety without breaking the flow and to step back as an individual. Without controlling yourself you cannot control the session and even one single situation.

Ranboo sometimes looks like wild rage but it is empathy and devotion.

  • Date: Sunday 29th May 2016
  • Time: 1230 to 1630
  • Location: Club X, 68 Virginia St, Glasgow (Enter via Delmonicas)
  • Price: £40 per partnership – Buy Tickets Here or pay on the day
  • Skill level: Accessible to all levels. You will get the most out of the class if you already know a non-tightening cuff of any style. Drop into one of our Intro to Rope sessions for full instruction.


28th May 2016 – Twisted: An intimate evening of rope performance & art

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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

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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

Upper & Lower Limb anatomy for rope – 19th October

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Upper & Lower Limb Neuroanatomy
aka How not to get on your partner’s nerves

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Style: Any
Level: All levels
Capacity: No limits
Venue: Club Rebound during Open House (Meet in Hengler’s Circus on Sauchiehall St Glasgow  for 1345 if you do not know where you are going)

Time: 2pm to 6pm


Cost: £3 to venue – voluntary donation to STORE

Description: Educational session on the anatomy, neurology and physiology of the limbs of the human body and how this is important in rope.  Some practical tips on how to prevent nerve injuries and treatment of them should they happen will be covered. It is unlikely we will need the full 4 hours for this session, so bring rope for informal practice afterwards.

Facilitators for this session: Medical professionals and specialists in sports physiology.

Required knowledge/equipment: Nil

Please register your interest in attending using the RSVP tickets so that an appropriate number of facilitators can be recruited.

Do you have questions about Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange: Upper and Lower Limb Neuroanatomy? Contact Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange

Floorwork Weekend with Wykd Dave & Clover – 9th-10th August – Glasgow

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STORE is delighted to present a weekend of Workshops with Wykd Dave & Clover.

WykD_Dave (Dave Rickman) is a UK-based rope enthusiast, who now teaches and performs internationally accompanied by his partner Clover. He started exploring rope 22 years ago and was autodidact for the first 17 years, until a lesson with rope professional Osada Steve changed his way of tying. Dave loves Japanese style rope work, and decided to dedicate himself to this. “It isn’t about the rope, it’s about the expression, the look in the eyes, the hopelessness, the agony”.

Now, Dave feels fortunate to be asked to run workshops and tutorials all around the world. He takes great pleasure in seeing people get it and open their minds to what rope can really be. “Not just a means of restraint but a much deeper and personally connected experience than any other I’ve ever found.” Clover is very passionate about rope, she models and performs, as well as makes impressive photos of Japanese rope work done by Dave. Her photography focusses on the feelings involved in rope play and she tells stories with her pictures.

On Saturday the 9th of August Dave and Clover will be offering the following classes:


People often prioritise complexity and ‘impressive looking’ bondage over feel and also tend to push forward with more complicated ties without the technique to support it. Control over tension and understanding its effect and importance is vital to helping develop better all round bondage.


Rope bondage isn’t a craft project, it’s an interaction between two like minded people. Good technique and knowledge are vital but, without knowing how to utilise them it is all too easy to remain disconnected from your partner. This class is about keeping you connected.

Full contact floor work

Full contact floor work is about being up close and personal with your partner, it’s about connection, intimacy, brutality and tenderness. It’s about tension, torque, bodyweight and leverage.

Early Bird Tickets now on sale! Eventbrite - Floorwork Saturday Workshop with Wykd Dave & Clover


On Sunday the 10th August Dave and Clover will be offering:

Improvers Floorwork Intensive Intended for those who are already confident in their floor work skills and are looking to take them to the next level. Places in this class will be strictly limited to ensure high quality teaching time. At the start of the class Dave will assess the skills and abilities of those attending and using his expert knowledge will create a custom class that will stimulate and challenge all attendees. This class will absolutely not be suitable for beginners.

Strictly limited places! Eventbrite - Intensive Floorwork Sunday Workshop with Wykd Dave and Clover

General information

All classes will presume a confident grasp of rope basics such as the single column tie, making frictions and rope handling. If you are a complete beginner you will be best to book in on Saturday and take up the Beginner Bargain Buy ticket to get a free session covering everything you’ll need to know for the rest of the day’s classes.

The style in which Dave and Clover tie is best for natural fibre ropes with individual ropes being around 8m in length. You should bring your own rope with you. STORE has some rope you can borrow for the day or arrange to buy some from us in advance of the class.

All tickets are for a 2 person partnership and riggers (people doing the tying) are expected to bring their own partner. If you are struggling to find a partner please contact us before purchasing a ticket and we might be able to help you find someone. Initially this set of classes will be offered as an all day ticket at the Early Bird Special price of £110 closing on 30th June. Single class tickets will become available at a later date.

All tickets must be paid for in advance and are sold on a first come, first served basis. In the event of becoming sold out a waiting list system will allocate tickets to the next person upon a cancellation.