Rope 201: Foundations of Rope Bondage


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Learning to “tie well, not patterns” through the essentials of Japanese-style rope bondage

Prerequisite: Rope 101 (or equivalent)
Sessions: 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Frequency: Annually in fall and spring

This small-group, in-person instruction will help you build a solid foundation in rope-bondage skills, whether you’re a top, bottom, or switch. While we will learn common patterns, the emphasis throughout is on providing a deeper understanding of both the context and practice of rope bondage art that supports our philosophy of responsible progression and “tying well, not patterns.”

See the syllabus below for a better sense of the course content. For more information about Rope Study in general, please see the FAQs listed on this page.

Please note: rope bondage of the type we practice at this level and beyond can be dangerous and is technically challenging. Serious study is required in order to practice it responsibly and well. It may be better to think of this as taking up the goal of learning an instrument or a martial art: something that you must dedicate extended time and regular practice to in order to gain mastery.


Course Availability

We typically offer this course in the spring and fall of each year (usually starting in February or Mach in the spring and September or October in the fall). The 8 class sessions are typically spread over a period of 3 or 4 months. Because each class builds upon the content of the previous classes, we do not accept new participants after the second class.


Syllabus

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Class 1

  • Review
    • Getting Started with Rope Bondage
    • Working with Rope
  • Discussion
    • About Rope Study
    • Origins and Approaches
    • Balance and Tying Well
  • Exercises
    • Chest Wraps (Pt. 1)
  • Forms
    • Single-Column Ties

Class 2

  • Review
    • Basics for Bottoms
    • Rope with Others
  • Discussion
    • Rope as Practice
    • On Mindful Bottoming
    • Responsible Progression
    • Modifications
  • Exercises
    • Chest Wraps (Pt. 2)
  • Forms
    • Double-Column Ties
    • Folded-Leg Ties
    • Arms-Free Chest Harnesses

Class 3

  • Review
    • Reducing Risk
  • Discussion
    • Working Together in Rope
    • Personal Safety Assessment
    • Self-Tying
  • Exercises
    • Working Together
    • Munter Hitches
    • Changing Hands
    • Gunslinger
  • Forms
    • Ladder Ties
    • Hip Harnesses

Class 4

  • Discussion
    • Circulation and Nerves
    • Preparing the Body
    • Communication & SLIR
    • Monitoring Yourself in Rope
  • Exercises
    • Warm-Ups for Rope
    • One Rope Over-Communication
  • Forms
    • Arms-Behind Chest Harnesses (Pt. 1)

Class 5

  • Combining Elements to Date
  • Review and Guided Practice

Class 6

  • Discussion
    • Self-Timing
  • Exercises
    • Assessing the Rope
    • Timing (Pt. 1)
    • Blindfold Tying
  • Forms
    • Arms-Behind Chest Harnesses (Pt. 2)

Class 7

  • Discussion
    • Risk Profile & Comfort Zone
    • More about Ryu
  • Exercises
    • Timing (Pt. 2)
  • Forms
    • Armbinders
    • Crossed-Leg Ties

Class 8

  • Discussion
    • Processing Stress
    • Rope for Play
    • Creating a Scene
  • Exercises
    • Connection
    • One Rope Observation
  • Forms
    • Bent-Over Ties
    • Bent-Back Ties

Class 9

  • Discussion
    • Assessing Potential Rope Partners
    • Rope Kits for Tops & Bottoms
    • Rope for Performance
  • Exercises
    • Transitions in Floor Work
    • Mini Master Class

Modules

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Pacing Guide (Foundations)

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Self & Course Assessment

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Ichinawa

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Negotiation and Communication

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Tops, Bottoms, and Responsibilities We stress the need for bottoms to: be informed about the risks they're taking learn their bodies so that they can notice indicators of problems learn to communicate...

Common Considerations for Bottoms

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Community

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Placement, Tension, Control

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Summary & Tasks: Session 8

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General Resources for Further Study

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