Level II: Shibari suspension techniques

Suspension techniques: Parts IV,V & VI bundled at a discounted price

This course bundle includes next three parts of the shibari Suspension Techniques series and is the logical progression from Level I: Shibari suspension techniques. If you haven't already studied the contents of Level I, we urge you to do so as you could miss very important information. We have also included Nina's hip-harness tutorial, which provides other options for this element, and the Old-style gote. The upper wrap and anchoring techniques are sufficiently similar to be used as a variation or the entire gote could be used to provide another option. Our aim is to make you see ties as a way of achieving engineering criteria with many ways to achieve the same goal, rather than a set formula that you repeat without any creativity or flexibility. Your tying becomes bespoke to your partner, not merely 'off the peg'.

This is not intended to be an 'everything you need to know about' suspension since this subject deserves proper attention. However, assuming you have some solid basic skills, these classes will help you begin suspension safely and create a solid skill set upon which you can build . As with all our tutorials, they go into a lot of depth so you understand the ingredients that you are using and how they behave. This means you will be able to spot and correct your own mistakes but, most importantly, tie with confidence, creativity and feeling.

In these tutorials, we will show the iconic M-shaped and yoko zuri (side) suspensions and introduce full 360 degree transitions using a hip-harness based suspension. We also explore how you can safely and creatively begin to vary the 'ingredients'. In the process you'll pick up a lot of tips gained from years of experience and some of the best teaching available. It's amazing how some minor changes in the way you work, which might take you years to figure out yourself, can yield massive results.

Russ performing the 360 degree suspension at Coven

Whilst what you will learn here can greatly accelerate your progress, please do not use this as a short cut and exclude the basics. You need underlying competence. If you are not already doing fairly complex ties and have some experience, go back to practice and study so more. Make sure you have absorbed the information on nerve injury and common mistakes. Tying Techniques is a great help, even if you already know some rope, since it teaches some very useful handling techniques and lays essential foundations

Your Instructor

Esinem & Nina Russ
Esinem & Nina Russ


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)

Courses Included with Purchase

Suspension techniques: Part IV
A tutorial for an M-shaped suspension on bamboo using an old-style gote
Esinem & Nina Russ
$20/monthly recurring
Suspension techniques: Part V
A comprehensive tutorial on the iconic yoko-zuri (side suspension)
Esinem & Nina Russ
$20/monthly recurring
Suspension techniques: Part VI
Introducing a suspension with a full 360 degree transition
Nina Russ
$20/monthly recurring
Nina's hip harness tutorial
A rock-solid, safe and versatile hip harness
Nina Russ
$10/monthly recurring
Old-style gote (TK with 3rd & 4th rope variations)
Full tutorial including suspension demonstration
Nina Russ
$15/monthly recurring

Original Price: $85

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