Shibari Suspension Courses

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Shibari Suspension Course

Shibari

Shibari or Kinbaku is the art of erotic Japanese Rope Bondage – beautiful and engaging, it has a rich history and deep roots in Japanese culture.

Content

When well executed the beauty and power of Shibari suspension enables the rigger to form an intense connection with the bottom which allows the bottom to surrender fully into their subspace. It is a form of edgeplay because of the significant risks that are presented. Not only does the rigger have to be able to engineer a rope pattern that will physically stand up to the safety requirements of suspension, they also have to be able to communicate well in play, “read” the bottom’s state of being during play and be accountable for holding space, playing ethically within the limits of consent given. The rigger also needs to be accountable for their rig, the state of their rope, and be able to assess the advisability of the rigging point. Thats a lot to think about and it is why suspension is considered an advanced skill.

Our Shibari Suspension program consists of three progressive 4 week courses. The program has been designed based on the extensive teaching experience of the Studio Kink Team. It will take you through a number of patterns and exercises to cover a large skill set which is focussed on bondage for suspension. Each course will introduce a new pattern, cover safety information and suspension line management along with specific suspension sequences.

These courses are suitable for those who are ready to start their first suspensions or more experienced participants that want to increase the fluidity and grace of their suspension sequences.

Students will need to be proficient in the content of our intermediate programs and require instructors approval in order to attempt the practical components of these Shibari Suspension courses. While it is not compulsory to complete prerequeisites, we highly recommend the completion of our intermediate course prior to attempting Shibari suspension.

We recommend having a partner to tie for the courses in order to practice hands on and receive feedback.

You will need your own rope (10 pieces). You will also need either one Shibari ring or minimum 3 carabiners (please ask the team for recommendations if you do not already have any).

Month

February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

Course

Side Suspension
Face Up Suspension
Face Down Suspension
Vertical Suspension
Side Suspension
Face Up Suspension
Playing with Suspension
Bamboo Suspension
Side Suspension
Face Up  Suspension

Classes

This course is offered in the following formats.

  • A series of 4 classes. One each Wednesday night beginning at 7pm and ending by 9pm. The first class of the course is the first Wednesday of each month.  You can either buy tickets to each class individually or you can purchase a pass for the entire month (at a discount). Please contact the Studio Kink Team for advice if you can not complete the whole course in order in a single month.

  • A Saturday Intensive. one Saturday per month starting 1pm and finishing by 5pm, we run an intensive version of this course. It is the exact same content as the Wednesday night version just condensed. Please note that bookings for the weekend intensive must be made in advanced online at least 3 days prior.

The Studio Kink Team can also arrange private one on one tuition to cover the same content. For more information about this option please contact a Studio Kink Team member.

Tickets

Shibari Suspension FAQ

What do I need to wear?

We recommend comfortable, casual clothing that allows you freedom of movement. What you would wear to the gym or yoga would be fine.

Do I need to come with a partner?

While not required, we strongly recommend bringing someone to practice with. In order to learn how to tie with the correct tension and adapt the tie to individuals, practicing in class and receiving feedback from an instructor is invaluable.

What if I don't have a partner to bring?

If you don’t have a friend to bring you might want to arrange to partner with another student and share class time as rigger/bottom.  We recommend you get to know other students in your Introduction to Shibari class, speak to the teacher or put a message on our fetlife group or facebook event page.

Do I need any previous experience?

Yes.

The Shibari Suspension course has some prerequisite skills. You need to be proficient with the content of Introduction to Shibari and our Intermediate Rope Progression. This means you should be able to tie a takatekote and a hip harness without assistance from an instructor. If you are unsure then either speak to a Studio Kink Team member or attend one of our beginners classes.

If you have not completed the Intermediate progression but wish to attend the Shibari Suspension course then please express your interest to the Studio Kink Team and they can advise you on the suitability of the course.

Do I need to bring rope?

Yes. Each person intending to tie needs to bring at least 10 pieces of 7 to 8 m long jute. If you are unsure if your rope is suitable then please show it to a Studio Kink Team member and ask.

Where can I purchase rope?

Studio Kink stocks DV8 natural Jute which the entire team recommend. Alternatively this can be purchased from the online shop here

What if I want to be tied up?

We recommend that people who want to be tied attend this course too, it will give you a better understanding of Japanese Rope allowing you to make better informed decisions about safety and the skill of potential rope tops

What if I can’t make four Wednesday nights in a row?

We offer this course in an intensive format one Saturday per month. Alternatively you can book a private class with one of the team members to catch up.

How do I find Studio Kink?

Check out the location page. Studio Kink is located in an access controlled building. Doors open 15 minutes before classes are scheduled to start. If you have not been to the Studio before we recommend coming 10 minutes before class starts so that you have plenty of time to find the entrance and so that a team member can show you around the Studio before class starts.

Do I need to buy a ticket for my practice partner even if they are not tying?

For all Studio Kink events unless explicitly stated otherwise, tickets are per person. This has been factored into the cost of tickets. We believe in doing this for a few reasons:

  • sometimes people don’t want to come as couples, they can come as onesomes, twoesomes or moresomes
  • when people do come with a partner we don’t assume that one partner is covering the full cost. We encourage people to work this out between themselves but believe by not bundling tickets this makes it easier
  • we believe that top, bottom, rigger, model, bunny, switch or anything in between are of equal importance we are an equal opportunity teaching studio and everybody learns something from whichever role they assume.