In Part XII, we will cover a sequence of transitions and further explore transferring suspension load. In this case. I will be using Nina's technique of connecting into a gun-slinger style harness to achieve a user-friendly inverted one-leg suspension. To reach this position, you will learn a transition from gyaku-ebi zuri (a demanding face-down) in to a side suspension (yoko zuri). I will show you two ways to move into gyaku-ebi zuri. The spectacular way is a lightning fast transition from an M-shape suspension which is perfect for performances. I also take you through a more basic version which simply requires the legs to be lifted into position.
If you skipped some of the earlier parts in the series, I strongly recommend studying them before going further. Part IV is particularly relevant as it covers the M-shape suspension in detail. In any case, an understanding of suspension basics and the ability to tie a suspension capable gote (TK) is a minimum requirement.
In addition to the main tutorials, we include:
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 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 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' .
StartStarting from an M-shape suspension (14:29)
StartStarting from a face-down (17:18)
StartDemonstration of the full sequence (17:51)
StartPerformance by Nina at Ropefest
StartX-friction for gote (1:18)
StartThe American Death Triangle effect
StartA slick suspension line pass through (2:02)
Start'Ask Bruce & Nina' Q&A forum