A very comprehensive tutorial for an archetypal old-style gote. It is Nina's own variation on Marai Masato's and very similar to Naka Akira's with its roots in Yukimura's. It starts with the 2-rope base, she then adds 3rd and 4th ropes, then finally shows how to add the suspension line and complete a very practical partial suspension graduating to a full suspension.
Bonus tutorial: We have just added an additional tutorial for Nina's latest interpretation of a 2-rope old-style gote.
Supporting material includes detailed tying and usage notes, safety information specific to this family of ties, 'Ask Nina' Q&A forum, video of old style masters tying and links.
Please note that this is NOT a suspension tutorial. The tutorial covers the gote in great detail. There are guidance notes (not instructions) and a demonstration of a suspension for experienced riggers who understand the risks involved but it is far from a complete suspension tutorial. It is very easy to cause permanent nerve damage or worse if you don't have sufficient skills in Japanese bondage style suspensions; even then, this type of bondage can be dangerous.
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.