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Rope Salon 25th March @ Club X, Glasgow

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sa·lon

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.

Format

  • 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

Workshop Levels

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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:

Beginner

logomakr_132lxqAt 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.

Improver

logomakr_5ogweuAn 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.

Intermediate

logomakr_8m7hpzThose 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

logomakr_5xpbklAdvanced 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.

 

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

Format

  • 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.

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!

TICKETS:

  • £10 Early Bird
  • £12.50 in advance
  • £15 on the door

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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.

Content

  • 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.

WHEN
Saturday, 28 May 2016 from 11:00 to 17:00 (BST) Add to Calendar
WHERE
Venue TBC – Central Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom – View Map

Tying the Male Physique – whole body positions

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At the Tying the Male Physique workshop we cover various positions that are well suited to masculine bodies and emphasise desirable features. We will provide a summary of the positions here, but not the detail of how to do the tie which we believe is best learned first hand at one of the workshops. The diagrams should provide a good memory jog for those who have come along!

The Hogtie

dogtie

The Hogtie is any position where the wrists and ankles are bound together. This can be done with your subject lying on the ground or in a kneeling position. It is quite a difficult position to move out of without assistance and as such is a great leveler used on someone who is bigger or stronger than you are. Be careful of leaving someone on their front for too long however as breathing may become difficult over time. Roll them onto their side however and they are still vulnerable but more ahem accessible.

frogtieThe Frogtie

 
In the frogtie the arms and legs are tied into a folded position so that they resemble the bent leg of a frog before it jumps. This is a surprisingly comfortable position and keeps most of the front of the body clear of rope and will emphasise the muscles of the upper arm and legs. Due to the arched position when tied lying back it’s a great way to fake a toned set of abs thanks to the effects of posture and gravity!

dogtieThe Dogtie
The dogtie can really be considered any tie that produces an “on all fours” position similar to that of a dog. This is just one example. It’s probably not the most flattering of positions, but who doesn’t like a man on his knees? This is most definitely a functional position rather than a beautiful one!

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