Tying techniques: Part II (con subtítulos en español)

The art of no rope shibari

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This tutorial follows on from 'Tying techniques: Part I' to cover the key elements of how you use your body and that of your partner to move beyond just tying parcels. However, in this tutorial, we won't even be using any rope! The principals that will be taught are even more fundamental and demonstrate that rope is merely an accessory that extends your abilities when you run out of hands or other ways to interact.

I will explore how your body position not only affects your tying but also how it plays an important part in conveying mood and dominance. You will also discover how you can create control to move smoothly and efficiently towards your goal, whether that be exposure or restraint.

I often use the analogy of kinbaku being a passionate dance with rope, this tutorial is about the moves of that underlying dance. If you practice without rope, as I illustrate at the end of the tutorial (see free preview below), you will find a huge difference. By combining these techniques with even simple ties, the effect will be infinity more profound than the most perfect and elaborate one executed mechanically. These are the things that transform a session from being OK to OMG!

Ahora con subtítulos en español con agradecimiento a Pol Ropes.

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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