Suspension techniques: Part VIII

A face-up prawn (ebi) suspension for sex and play with transitions including single main-line

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This tutorial builds on the skills learned in the previous parts of the series to introduce a very practical suspension which is comfortable and safe enough for sex and play, yet sufficiently spectacular for shows and simple to learn.

It includes some easy transitions. one of which supports the entire suspension on a single line. The best of all, it is simplified by using familiar 'ingredients' that you can use with competence: a 2-rope gote (2-TK) and some single column tie variants. This means you can focus on the job in hand and, most importantly, your partner, not being distracted by too many new things.

In addition to the base suspension 'recipe' shown, you will immediately see other possibilities to modify the form to make it your own or vary it to suit your intent. With a little imagination, the possibilities are endless.

We have enhanced the original course with the addition of another tutorial that creates a very similar suspension but which is much less stressful and more comfortable. Building upon the technique learned in Part VII, the load is split between a hip harness and the gote.

This variation will introduce some of the other possibilities. In this example, I show a Running Man position based upon the same 'recipe' and take it through a 360 degree sequence of transitions.

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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