Contemporary gote (2 & 3-rope takate kote)

An in-depth tutorial on variants of the takate-kote

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Contemporary gote (2-TK and 3-TK aka takate-kote)

This tutorial covers the main features of some of the current derivatives of Akechi Denki's iconic gote (aka takate kote, TK, 2 & 3-TK) popularised by Nawashi Kanna, Osada Steve and Kinoko Hajime.

It is an in-depth examination of a generic gote which identifies the key features and engineering principles common to this family of ties. It explains techniques passed on by direct tuition by Kinoko Hajime and Osada Steve, and other masters of the art, combined with years of practice teaching, performing and playing with rope. Each step of tying is covered in a 2-camera HD video shot from multiple angles with close-ups so you don't miss a thing. Not only that but each step is described as it happens and there's a transcript with copious notes.

I have also added a video of the untying with no cuts so you can learn from seeing flow in action, plus by Kinoko, Steve and Osada ryu instructors. Of course safety is paramount, so there are articles on common mistakes and some of the most detailed information on avoiding nerve injury available.

There is now an additional 20 minute section on tying less flexible people. This gives two examples. The first is a modification of the standard gote for those who cannot get their arms into the classic position. The second is something I devised on the fly to accommodate a problem with the model's shoulder. Strictly speaking it is a half-gote as only one arm is behind, the other is in front, as one might have an arm in a sling, hence my name 'broken arm gote'. These two ties illustrate how standard 'ingredients' can be used to modify 'recipes' so long as the structurasl rules are followed.

I can guarantee you will be very surprised to discover what you don't know about this core tie, even if you think you know how to tie it.

Your Instructor

Bruce Esinem
Bruce Esinem

Esinem is a shibari artist who has regularly appeared 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 was co-organiser of the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage and BOUND, Europe's premier monthly shibari event.

Over the years, he has been improving his skills with the help some of their best known and respected Jpanese kinbakushi, Arisue Go, Osada Steve, Kinoko Hajime, Kazami 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 has been 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' .

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