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A brief thought on hard points

If you do not know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a suspension point is definitely good enough then it's NOT good enough. If you do not have the necessary knowledge to judge if an unfamiliar suspension point is good enough yourself. Then you should set about acquiring that knowledge or just not use it. I honestly think that having the ability to judge the appropriateness of a suspension point is an essential skill for anyone who's going to suspend in different locations. And yes, I apply that to suspension points in clubs and at events too. I've refused to use points in clubs because for one reason or another I wasn't happy with them. And you cannot just take it on trust and you have to be responsible for the decision to suspend on whatever it is that you do suspend on. Because... You are making the decision to hang someone's life on that thing!

By | 2015-05-15T22:15:42+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Categories: Bondage, Suspension|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What’s a TK

So, what's a TK really? Is it a specific thing or is it a class of tie, a form? This is a question that seems to vex a lot of people and probably for understandable reasons. There are plenty of non-tk tks out there. Let's avoid the language question about takatekote for this post and just take it as having the meaning that it seems to have grown to have in the west and that is of a kind of vaguely japanese (ish) box tie. I'd also for the purposes of this post to leave out the whole hands high argument and discussion of 'gote' vs. 'kote'. The real answer to this is the one that people tend not to like when I give it. It depends. Depends what you mean, depends what the person you're talking to means. When you say TK to me I am going to think of the TK that I personally tie. But the TK that I personally tie depends on a lot of factors and may be different under any number of different circumstances. It's also changed over time, or rather they've all changed over time. What is and isn't a TK is subjective, what's a good TK or a good TK for say suspension is less subjective because to be a good TK for something it needs to fulfil some real world requirements about being structurally sound, well placed etc. The term 'TK' has been used for so many different ties and interpretations and failed re-engineering attempts that it is in some ways denuded of meaning. This can in some circumstances be  a positive thing if you think about it in the right way as it means that [...]

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:05+00:00 November 15th, 2014|Categories: Rope|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What is Kinbaku today?

This is a personal post and just a musing.  What I think it is changes over time and this is not everything that I think it is. If you're looking for a definition please look elsewhere. Kinbaku is the art of erotic, sensual, intimate, bondage. It is tying for beauty, helplessness and exquisite suffering. To tie is to hug, tender and violent. It is lust and art together. It is expression beyond my ability to describe it.

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:06+00:00 January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Bondage, Rope|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Beginners teaching rope bondage

You need experience to be a good teacher. I'm not saying that it takes decades to get that experience but it does take some time and application. People often argue this need... actually people without experience often argue this need. They usually stop arguing it after acquiring experience. Especially when that experience is acquired the hard way. The real problem is that only experience really teaches you how valuable your experience is. Before you have it it's hard to imagine what it gives you. Unfortunately it is often only when people have the experience of coming undone and learning the hard way that they realise that actually experience does inform our actions at all levels, especially when passing on knowledge to others. It teaches us what was crucial and what was not. It allows us to recognise and head off developing problems that are otherwise noticed too late. Experience allows us to make judgements that are based not just on book learned facts. It develops our ability to balance many factors though practice. Inexperience and overconfidence can lead to the attitude that all this crap that experienced people are coming out with is just unreasonable. They're only saying that because... (insert today's justification here). It's unfair to try to stop them, who are manifestly an exception to the normal process of learning and maturity! It's a problem I have with some kinds of peer workshop teaching. The guy who learned something yesterday is teaching it today. Weirdly people don't seem to think that this could lead to problems. I think that peer learning can be great when people already have very good basics and are therefore able to recognise problems for themselves. When beginners are [...]

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:06+00:00 January 1st, 2014|Categories: Bondage, Community, Education, Life, Rope, Work|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

J.P. Rakehorn

Our best congratulations go to the incredible artist J.P. Rakehorn for his triumph at the recent International Juried art show this year in Sin City Gallary Las Vegas. I am always knocked out by his incredible work and heartily recommend visiting his site to see more of his work.

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:06+00:00 December 27th, 2013|Categories: Japanese, Life, Rope|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

In celebration

This has been a sad year for Kinbaku as one of it's greatest Grand Master Nureki Chimuo has passed away. Now Yukimura Haruki, Randa Mai and Osada Steve have all been or remain unwell. Rather than take this as a further sadness and mourning if they pass. Let us celebrate that they are as yet with us and the work that they have done. Sometimes we let these moments pass and only mourn what is gone. If you appreciate their work, contribution and teaching then this is a moment to let them know. I wish very much that these gentlemen will have a full and speedy recovery and remain with us and active for many more years. If not though I would hate to think that this moment was allowed to slip by and I did not say to them what I wished while it was still possible to do so. If these people have meant something to you and their work and contribution have given something then you may wish to consider a short messages of good will and appreciation. Dave.

By | 2013-10-23T07:42:39+00:00 October 23rd, 2013|Categories: Japanese, Life, Rope|Tags: , , |0 Comments

London Festival 2013 performance

This was a special performance for us. We were going to do something that people hadn't seen before. Nothing world shaking but we weren't going to use a TK/Gote of the conventional kind. We were going to do something that we could only do because Clover could manage it. We probably could not have done it a year ago. We were going to do something we very much wanted to do together. We were going to be together on stage just doing what we love to do. We've come a long way together. This was a special time for us for a number of reasons, some of those I'll blog about later. The show was though something we were very much looking forward to. Also it was quite exciting to have a secret about what we were going to do. I'd like to think that people didn't see this one coming. Then again the show wasn't about one thing. I imagined when I sat down to write this that there would be quite an article here. In the end though it boils down to just one thing. We just wanted it to be beautiful.   You can see the video here   Photos by Anonymous

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:06+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Categories: Japanese, Performance, Rope, Suspension|Tags: , , |1 Comment

The bound before the LFAJRB 2013

It's hard to know where to begin writing about this years festival. So much happened and we had such a good time with friends old and new. For us the festival began behind the scenes a few months before the date but... the festival for real began on the night of Bound. We had nothing planned, no show prepared, some music we had used last year and a brief chat on the way down about what the hell we were going to do. During the drive down Clover browsing the web on her phone noticed that Bound was due to  be streamed live that night, so no pressure right? When we finally made it through London to The Flying Dutchman we found that there was a film crew from National Geographic who were going to film the nights performances. So again no pressure right? I have to say though that in the end we had an absolutely killer time that night and the rope just flowed. Frankly we just went up and played and had fun. I don't know when I've been more relaxed during a show. It was also great to see so many friends from around the world in that crowded pub. Including in one corner Naka Akira and Iroha Shizuki. Hell of a first night to our festival experience this year. Here are a few pictures though I don't know if anything can capture that hot atmosphere. More pictures in the portfolio here.   p.s. Oh and Naka Akira asked if he could keep one of my black candles!

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:06+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Categories: Bondage, Performance, Rope|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chimuo Nureki

Very sad news. It seems that Nureki Chimuo has passed away. He was 83 It is an often overused phrase but in this case I think it is fair to say that we shall not see his like again.   Chimuo Nureki has perhaps the longest and most varied history of any living bakushi. His reputation as a rope artist and career stretching over five decades have earned him a worldwide following. He has been called "The greatest living...kinbaku master". Throughout his career, Nureki has been a prolific writer and his work often appeared in iconic Japanese SM magazines such as Kitan Club and Uramado. He was closely associated with the founder of Uramado and kinbaku legend, Kou Minomura. Nureki was also one of the few living bakushi to have had personal contact with Seiu Ito. Full biography on nawapedia

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:06+00:00 September 22nd, 2013|Categories: Japanese, Life|Tags: , , , |0 Comments


Are you scared yet? A film by Raindance raw talent directed by Ate de Jong Earlier this year I had an amazing experience working on a new film. This full length feature thriller features some shibari rope bondage. It was my great pleasure to be able to supply this for the movie. The first showing of this movie will be on Monday September 30th at 9:00pm A home invasion irrevocably changes the lives of all involved in ways neither victims nor perpetrator could have imagined. The showing is on the Monday immediately following the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage in London. It was an amazing experience being involved in a project like this and to work with so many wonderful people. I'm not going to give away anything that happens in the film. You'll just have to wait and see. More updates running up to and after the first festival showing.

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:06+00:00 September 19th, 2013|Categories: Bondage, Japanese, Movies, Rope, Work|Tags: , , , |1 Comment