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Tying techniques: Part III

Using the building blocks

This tutorial concludes the planned 3-part series, 'Tying techniques & rope handling'. However, whilst we have gone more in-dept into this subject than any tutorial before, there is still a wealth of knowledge that we can add. If anything, this is likely to be Season 1 with much more to follow. It is only by putting our techniques under a microscope like this that we have begun to realize that there are numerous nuances that are rarely, if ever, taught. Sometimes one is lucky enough to 'steal them' by watching a sensei at work, sometimes one's fingers simply find them after years of practice.

This main 60 minute part uses two ties, one on the arms and one on the legs, to demonstrate not only the reasons for using single or double column ties on specific parts of the body but also how to construct the ties using only these 'building blocks'. You'll understand how how these ingredients can be used to make your own recipes. You will learn to maintain tension safely without overly tight bondage and handle the rope with maximum efficiency. The latter is essential to communicate, control, convey dominance and maintain flow. The devil is in the detail and Nina shows exceptionally clearly how to use your fingers correctly, create flow with precision and get results.

In addition, there are several supporting videos expanding on specific points.


Your Instructor


Nina Russ
Nina Russ
Nina Russ is a London based, shibari performer, rope artist and educator. She became student of Esinem in 2011 and their collaboration gave birth to BOUND shibari night (2012) and ShibariClasses (2015). She had also the fortune to participate at workshops with different Japanese shibari masters, like: Kazami Ranki, Yukimura Haruki, Kinoko Hajime.
She has performed internationally, most notably at the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage and RopeFest in St.Petersburg. In addition, she participates in numerous artistic, fashion collaborations and local performances. Her passion for rope has lead her on a route of discovery of concepts, philosophy, aesthetics and benefits behind this Japanese discipline.
She sees shibari as an art form which creates deep connection between the participants and also aids personal development. Due to its martial arts roots, it brings self-discipline, efficiency, effectiveness and, thus, growth in confidence and awareness. She believes these skills allow a greater focus on the most important aspects: you, your partner and your shared experience.
Rope is simply a means of communication. She wants you to discover through her tying, the language of rope, which speaks directly to the mind and body.



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