Bondage by the book

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Bondage by the book

When it comes to suspension should people do it by the book? For instance should you have a fixed check list and tick off your safety checks? Should it be a rigid and defined procedure, set and unchangeable?

The answer to this is a loud and very resounding no! Fixing things in this way is the enemy of creativity, the enemy of development, the enemy of growth.

On the other hand…

Certain things should be checked, some, before you start, like the health of the suspension rig and your equipment which should be checked out in a methodical manner. When tying load bearing lines during a suspension they should be tied and locked in an appropriate manner.

Where the difficulty arises is in determining what is an appropriate manner.

What is appropriate changes depending on what is being done, with whom in what circumstances. This will in the end be to some extent a matter of judgement. To be able to make this kind of judgement a person needs knowledge and experience.

You cannot replace knowledge and experience with a check list.

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:18+00:00 July 10th, 2012|Rope|5 Comments

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  1. Graydancer July 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I agree completely. Frankly, checklists are for practice, not for actual connection or performance. Being able to quickly respond appropriately – whether it’s from experience or from improvising a new solution to a hitherto unknown problem- is key to a good suspension (or, really, any rope scene).

    I think a checklist would give both a distraction and a false sense of security.

  2. Nothrin (@Nothrin) July 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I think buying a book about suspension is a great idea, as long as they also attend a lesson with a person who is well experienced at it as well. Preferably a 1-on-1 sort of thing, but a class at something like Shibaricon would also work. I do own some books that discuss suspension, and I like them for good reference material. However there is no way that I can say I would be comfortable learning suspension exclusively from a book, or from a video. Not even partial suspension. This sort of material takes an experienced instructor who can say “Hold it! That’s not quite safe and here’s why and how we can fix that…”

    • wykd July 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      I think perhaps you’ve misunderstood what I was trying to get across in my post. There is no literal book in this case, “doing it by the book” is a metaphor in this case meaning to do something in a regulated and prescribed manner, and this was in fact what I was arguing against.

      • Nothrin (@Nothrin) July 17, 2012 at 11:15 am

        guess that’s what I get for reading before I’m fully awake for the day. I was thinking you were talking about bondage following exactly the tutorials from the books that are available these days. Which would kinda’ lack all sorts of originality.

  3. Reiver (@Reiver01US) July 15, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The only thing I do by the book is check the hard point. Beyond that it flows freely and is (hopefully) organic.

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