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Hishi patterns made easy

Learn versatile hishi shibari (diamond pattern) techniques

Teaching the method, not just ties

In this course, you will learn a versatile technique to create the iconic diamond (hishi) pattern that can be used on almost any part of the body. Most importantly, Nina explains how the pattern is formed and the rules involved so you can use your knowledge creatively. You'll see how the pattern works through step-by-step tutorials of example ties that you can learn. Of course, the fun part will be experimenting with this skill to create your own ties or variations. It's all very well learning a set tie, It's a bit like the old adage about giving a man a fish. We like to think of us as giving our students that fish...in fact, several in this case and a very comprehensive fishing lesson into the bargain!

The three example ties are:

  • Hishi body tie with optional hojo cuffs
  • Hishi futo-momo with optional foot tie
  • Classic hishi gote with optional extension down the body

The devil is in the detail

We show you why and when direction matters when creating this pattern. It's easy when you know how but can be very confusing if you don't. The same applies to the frictions used so we give a simple explanation so you know exactly when to use which version.

It's one thing knowing the theory, another putting it into practice so you'll get some pro handling tips, gained from years of experience, that will help you tie fluently and smoothly.

How do I use left over rope?

We have included optional embellishments since inevitably ties rarely consume the perfect amount of rope. Much of the time, you will end some left over and the problem of how to consume it elegantly.Maybe, you just want to add to the tie to add your own signature or to add to the severity. Think of them as inspiration rather than something to always be copied exactly.

Seeing it in action

There's nothing quite seeing a pro performing the tie on stage as it's totally different from a tutorial. You get to appreciate the really important bit: How the rope is applied, not just see the steps. For this reason, we have included a performance from BOUND by Vienna Dojo's chief Osada Ryu instructor, Vinciens. It provides excellent examples of both rope handling and using the rope the transmit feeling.

In this example, Vinciens creates the tie differently but the method he applies is the same and so are the 'ingredients'. It will help you understand how they are used so you can make your own 'recipes'.


Your Instructor


Nina Russ
Nina Russ
Nina Russ is a London based, shibari performer, rope artist and educator. She became student of Esinem in 2011 and their collaboration gave birth to BOUND shibari night (2012) and ShibariClasses (2015). She had also the fortune to participate at workshops with different Japanese shibari masters, like: Kazami Ranki, Yukimura Haruki, Kinoko Hajime.
She has performed internationally, most notably at the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage and RopeFest in St.Petersburg. In addition, she participates in numerous artistic, fashion collaborations and local performances. Her passion for rope has lead her on a route of discovery of concepts, philosophy, aesthetics and benefits behind this Japanese discipline.
She sees shibari as an art form which creates deep connection between the participants and also aids personal development. Due to its martial arts roots, it brings self-discipline, efficiency, effectiveness and, thus, growth in confidence and awareness. She believes these skills allow a greater focus on the most important aspects: you, your partner and your shared experience.
Rope is simply a means of communication. She wants you to discover through her tying, the language of rope, which speaks directly to the mind and body.



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and runs for a whole month! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide how fast you go and how much you revise. Subscriptions renew automatically until cancelled.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does a whole month 24/7 sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like until you cancel - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.

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