Welcome to our on-line school

Shibari for beginners to experts

It doesn't matter where you are in this journey, we have tutorials for you by world-renowned experts. They range from introductory material like 'Shibari: The Easy Way' and 'Shibari: Quick Start Guide' which will take you from the first steps to being able to tie up your partner erotically with confidence, right the way up to our 12-part suspension course and advanced techniques from Osada Steve.

Our mission is to show you how shibari can be so much more than knots and pretty patterns, whilst making it simple with our pioneering 'ingredients' based approach. We will show you the 'how' but also, most importantly, the 'why'. Our very comprehensive, yet easy to follow multi-media guides, will help you to tie safely with passion and creativity. Of course, we will give you many specific bondage ties and ideas to assist your development.

If you are new to shibari or have had some lessons but want to really explore the full potential, this is the place to start. We will show you how to use a few simple building blocks to quickly learn creative and erotically powerful tying. You will discover that the secret of shibari is not is what you do but how you do it.

These tutorials and courses are designed to either build on the skills learned in the beginners' section or, if you have already learned some ties, to add finesse and efficiency to your tying. You won't merely learn ties but also how to maximise the effect of your tying by making the rope a tool of communication.

For those with solid basic skills, this section includes a full 12-part suspension course, plus a number of tutorials for suspensions and progressions. Following our philosophy of teaching 'ingredients' and engineering of ties, you wil learn techniques that can be adapted to your partner or the situation, rather than just learning a set 'recipe' by rote.

Our teachers

Our teachers didn't learn yesterday so can share their unparalled experience with you. All have received tuition at the highest level from some of the most revered Japanese masters including Akechi Denki, Yukimura Haruki, Kazami Ranki and Nawashi Kanna. Osada Steve, whose tutorials we offer, acknowledged as as master himself, is undoubtedly the most significant figure in introducing shibari to the west. In short, you will find the best tuition here, both in terms of the teachers and, also, in the depth and breadth of their material.

Our other teachers include Kitty Rea, Cabi and Kimokawaii, Mistress Absolute and Frank Van Der Velden.

Osada Steve

One of Japan's best known kinbakushi, with over 30 years experience, and pioneer of tuition in the west. Click here for his tutorials.

Bruce Esinem

20 years experience with tuition by some of Japan's top names. Click here for his tutorials and here for those co-produced with Nina Russ

Nina Russ

Shibari artist and teacher with more than 10 years experience. Click here for her tutorials and here for those co-produced with Bruce Esinem

Osaka Dan

An accomplished rigger who has studied extensively with Kazami Ranki. Click here for his tutorials.

Milla Reika

Trained and based in Japan. Known for sensual yet uncompromising 'seme' kinbaku (semenawa) that pursues full surrender and restraint. Click here to see her tutorials.

Vicky Caves

A very experienced BDSM educator and owner of Bondatrix.com, fetish toy store. Click here to see her BDSM tutorials.


Despite the label, ShibariClasses isn't just shibari tutorials. We know a lot of rope fans enjoy, or would like to explore, other areas of kink. We have an ever-growing range of tutorials from vacuum beds and mummification to all forms of impact play. If you are not sure where to start, Vicky Caves and Mistress Absolute, both experienced dominatrixes, explain everything you need to know.

Whether you are a complete beginner wondering how to explore the wonderful world of kink or just wanting to add to your repetoire, we have something for you.

The sensual and sadistic joys of crops, floggers, paddles, canes and, of course, spanking. Vicky Caves is a very experienced educator who also makes impact play toys, so you can be sure she knows the subject.

BDSM doesn't have to involve pain, it can also be about delicious, heightened sensations and being sensually teased. Explore the realms of the senses through sensory play, mummification and vacuum beds.

Any questions?

I'd like to answer a few of the questions you are likely to have, addressing some of the challenges to learning and explaining the advantages of our way of teaching.

Click on the headings below for answers.

Why us? After all, there are bondage teachers popping up everywhere, each claiming to be a master. So how do you choose? First off, look for evidence of skill in the style you are looking to learn. If somebody is good enough to teach, their work should be good enough to post on-line for all to see; not just a couple of pictures, look for a solid body of evidence. Ideally, you should also see them work live or on video, as almost anyone with basic skills, given sufficient time, can make a tie look good in a studio picture or two

Our teachers didn't learn yesterday and have decades of combined experience, we have been taught by some of the world's top nawashi including Yukimura Haruki, Kinoko Hajime, Akira Naka, Arisue Go and Kazami Ranki. In fact, my main mentor, Osada Steve, is one of our teachers. Take a look online for the evidence of 1,000’s pictures of our work, plus a lots of videos of our shows. All the shows, classes and private sessions must add up to many thousands of sessions.

Shibari looks very complicated at first sight, doesn't it? We will show you that it isn't. It is really only a question of using a small set of ingredients with some slight variations and simple rules, so it suddenly makes sense. We will give you the foundations that will allow you to build your skills very quickly and become creative and flexible by mixing and matching these ingredients; like a master chef but with rope

Real life classes are great. We have attended many over the years. However, the actual takeaway content is small in relation to the price, since much time is spent practising or waiting for the teacher to get around many students.

To get any real value, you need to be able to remember the minutae. I have all too often found that I have forgotten a lot by the time I come to practice what I learned. The result is that one can waste time and ingrain errors by practicing these mistakes. As Nina says, "Perfect practice makes perfect". I have frequently had students proudly show what they thought they had learned at the last real-life class, only to find they remembered imperfectly and, so, we have to waste time undoing those mistakes. With a video tutorial, you can re-run them as often as you like without the fear that you are holding up a class or looking stupid in front of others.

There are some fantastic YouTube videos but there are also some that are, at best, poor and, at worst, dangerously incompetent. The problem is knowing which is which, especially if your knowledge is limited. Most are just demonstrations with little explanation behind them and showing little detail.

We explain exactly how and why we do everything, showing close-up HD video of the detail so you can easily understand and learn everything right down to finger movements, which make your tying smooth, effective and efficient. Another big difference is the detail and depth of our teaching. We teach the 'why behind the tie', so you don't just learn a pattern but also an essential understanding of the engineering to help you tie more creativively and safely.

In short, no. Although, both Nina and I draw heavily from the Japanese masters. It is a mixture of the best styles and techniques, a sort of very individual Pick'n'Mix. My main influence has been Osada Steve, who first made shibari accessible to westerners, although I have taken tuition from many of Japan's best-known nawashi. As I said to Steve when I started learning, "Don't be offended if I take lessons from others. My goal not to become an Osada clone but to develop my own style taking elements from many". This approach allowed me to identify the rules and elements common to shibari, leading to our ingredients-based teaching method.

Whilst I have mentored Nina with my Osada influence, she is fiercly individualistic and very analytical. As a perfect counterbalance, she has meticulously analysed Marai Masato's old school techniques to create her own style. Between us we create our own style but on solid tradition Japanese techniques.