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Suspension techniques: Part VII

Hashira shibari: How to suspend on a vertical beam

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Part VII builds on the skills that you have gained in previous tutorials in the 'Tying techniques' series to learn how to tie a hashira shibari suspension, i.e. on a vertical beam or post. This is a classic method of tying, especially with those tying in the old-school style like Yukimura Haruki, Nureki Chimuo or Marai Masato, becasuse it uses the traditional architecture of old Japanese houses, wooden beams which would commonly present themselves.

This tie has some interesting cultural aspects since it not only turns the model into an household 'conversation piece' by being hung on a hashira like a work of art but also because it can play between a desire to avoid exposure and to relieve the discomfort of the suspension.

You will learn:

  • A classic hashira shibari suspension
  • Variations and transitions including partial suspension, a version of 'running man/postman' and a demanding agura shibari suspensions
  • How to tie to a vertical, even very slippery ones
  • Using an secondary main line
  • Mitigating the load by 'chaining' harness to harness
  • A very exposed play position

  • Not only is this all shown in great detail but, as usual, we also explain the reasons for everything that’s done. Suspension is not something to do by rote. To be safe and creative, you need to understand what you are doing and why. It is all too easy to make dangerous mistakes through ignorance. With 20+ years combined experience, 1,000's of suspensions and teaching from some of the world's top riggers, you can be sure we know most of the pitfalls and can help you avoid them. In addition, Sophie gives some useful feedback and tips for bondage models.

    As this is an advanced suspension due to the challenges of making safe and secure anchors to a vertical post (hashira), it is very important to have studied the earlier parts of the series and be competent in Nina's hip-harness and a two rope contemporary gote with an X-friction or an old-style gote. While we encourage your enthusiasm, we urge you to really make really sure that you have laid solid foundations, especially with the anchor points, and not to rush ahead as this can be quite a demanding suspension. However, it is one which allows the person suspended to choose how they take the load and the clever addition of a simple variation of Nina's hip-harness makes it far more comfortable. This means it is easier to endure and, most importantly, makes it safer by reducing the load on the gote and adding the option of additional secondary main line.


    Your Instructor


    Esinem & Nina Russ
    Esinem & Nina Russ

    Esinem

    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)


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