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Suspension techniques: Part V

A comprehensive tutorial on the iconic yoko-zuri (side suspension)

Yoko-zuri (side suspension) is one of the classic shibari suspension ties which is typically based on a 3-rope gote. It is undoubtedly a core tie which everyone should learn. It is the first suspension tie taught to me by Osada Steve who also rigorously drilled me in his version of Akechi's 3-rope takate-kote, often called the 3-TK. It is a great tie to use to learn suspension since it incorporate elements which should be very familiar, not least of all the 3-TK. This gote has become a standard since it has been popularised by the teachings of Osada, Kinoko and their many students since the early days. Of course, any gote of similar capabilities can be substituted.

This suspension can also be part completed to provide an excellent exposed play position which also affords the opportunity for an inexperienced rigger or bunny to test the water before going fully airborne. What better than to have a pleasurable way to do some homework and practice?

As with all our tutorials, you will see more than a simple step by step guide. You'll get a lot of pro tips to help you tie with less effort but more efficiently and with full effect. For example, a simple change in main line length can make moving into suspension a whole lot easier and strength much less of an issue. We go beyond the basics by showing examples and giving you inspiration for creative variations to personalise and adapt the tie.

The minimum skill level required is to be able to tie a suspension competent 3-TK. This means safe wrap positioning that stays where it should under load. If you have any doubts please study and revise the 'Contemporary gote (TK)' tutorial. As this forms part of a series, you should also have absorbed the basic suspension skills in the earlier parts.


Your Instructor


Esinem & Nina Russ
Esinem & Nina Russ

Esinem

Esinem is a Japanese style bondage (shibari/kinbaku) artist who regularly appears at UK and international events such as Pride, Torture Garden, Erotica, Rubber Ball, Wasteland, Boundcon, Nuit Demonia and recently represented the UK at Japan's first international kinbaku event, Toubaku. He is also known for his teaching both in the UK and internationally and as co-organiser of the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage and BOUND, Europe's premier monthly shibari event.

Over the last few years, he has been improving his skills in Japan with the help some of their best known and respected kinbakushi, Arisue Go, Osada SteveKinoko, HajimeKazami Ranki and, grand master of newaza, Yukimura Haruki. Whilst drawing from classical methods, his style is distinctive and epitomizes the art of communicating with rope, often departing from the typical serenity of shibari shows and flying in the face of tradition to produce some striking and unusual performances.

In addition, he has worked on various videos, e.g. Primal Scream's 2013, artistic collaborations and photo shoots both on and off camera. He has been involved in projects providing inspiration for Tom Ford's 2013 collection and, Raqib Shaw, an acclaimed artist who has exhibited at the Tate, Metropolitan and White Cube galleries.

He contributed to Rope, Bondage & Power, edited by Lee Harrington and is currently involved with a number of documentaries on kinbaku. He is also author of the first English language tutorial DVDs: 'Japanese Rope Bondage: Tying people, not parcels' .

Nina Russ

My attraction to bondage started 10 years ago, when I discovered the BDSM community. Until 2 years ago, my exposure to shibari was limited to pictures, videos and discussion. Then, thanks to Stefano Laforgia, rope artist and BDSM educator, who led the first Italian bondage school, Itoh Seiyu; I had the good fortune to become a shibari model and I fell in love with it.

In 2011, at LegArti, a PR exercise in Rome to present shibari, I modelled for Esinem, a very well know name in these circles. After our performance, a beautiful friendship was born and convinced by my passion and ability for rope, he has taken me as his student and model.

Since then I have attended classes with Ranki Kazami and Hajime Kinoko, Yukimura Haruki, all highly respected Japanese nawashi. Of course, being Esinem's model and student, I attend all his lessons and assist with many of them.

My passion for rope has lead to obsessively collecting all sorts of bondage photographs, especially those by my idol, Suguira Norio; his photography features Japan's most respected artists perfectly capturing my vision of kinbaku. Videos of Masato's tutorials, Yukimura's sessions and Osada Steve's stage shows have been a major influence. Of course, my experience as a model has been extremely useful in building an appreciation of exactly how rope should feel and many hours of practice are shaping this into practical application with the help of Esinem. Of course, being one of the organisers of BOUND, the UK's first regular shibari show night, involves a lot of practice on both sides of the rope. I perform internationally, both as a rigger and model, at events which have so far included:

– London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage – twice
– Torture Garden (London)
– Fetterati (Madrid)
– Boundcon (Munich)
– Kinky Salon (London)
– Club Rub (London)
– Pedestal (London)
– Rope Fest (St. Petersburg) -twice
– BOUND Shibari Night (London)
– Cirque le soir (London)
– Sh! (London)
– Coco de Mer (London)


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