Suspension techniques: Part X

A futo-momo based shibari suspension with transitions

In this tutorial, building on the skills of the preceding parts, I take you through the steps to safely perform a futo-momo (shin to thigh tie) based inverted suspension sequence. This is only one of many ways of ending up with this position. However, this method has been chosen because it mitigates risk by the use of a secondary main line and minimises the need for strength since it largely uses gravity. Of course, one can achieve the position from a dead-lift via the futo-momo but it requires more skill and strength to perform safely. You'll also learn a technique that makes the futo-momo easier to apply with control and elegance

As the futo-momo is a key ingredient and relies on being tied properly, our very comprehensive tutorial on this tie has been included to make sure you fully understand this versatile tie and get it 100% right.

Topics covered include:

  • Fast wrapping versions
  • Single column bases
  • Double column bases
  • Building stems
  • Suspension capable versions
  • The 'no-pinch cinch'
  • Effective wrap positioning
  • Efficient handling techniques
  • Body control

Inversions carry a high risk of serious injury if you lose control or drop your partner since their head is likely to be the first thing to hit the ground. With this in mind, you will learn how to split the load with the gote for greater safety, potential comfort and, most importantly, to give you the confidence that your partner won't meet the floor head first.

As I demonstrate suspending from the top wrap/stem of an old-style gote, the tutorial on the X-friction modification has been included, as it is essential if you prefer the more common contemporary takate-kote (2TK/3TK) and wish to suspend this way.

There's a special section on choosing, positioning and building the right suspension linkage. This is important as a small change can make the difference between heaven and hell.

As with all our tutorials, this is not a set recipe, more a way of doing things. To illustrate this, we include a performance based on the techniques you will learn in this tutorial. Whilst, you should first become familiar with the routine as is, I illustrate many potential variations for you to open up your creative options to allow you to adapt to the situation, your partner and make it your own..

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

Futo momo (shin to thigh tie)
What you didn't know you didn't know about the futo momo
Nina Russ
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