Chicago Rope

Goodbye GD2!

January 14, 2018

with Monkey, MedullaOblongata, and Kedi

Schedule

Social Hour

4-5 PM in the social area

Come early to Chicago Rope to catch up with friends, meet other people interested in rope, find a partner if you need one, and get settled into a floor space. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Classes will start promptly at 5pm.

Roundtable Discussion

4:15-4:45 PM in Turmoil

Join us to reflect on how the rope community in Chicago has evolved over the past 2.5 years. We’ll discuss what we have learned so far and action items for the future. As always, Chicago Rope encourages feedback, so please come and share yours with us!

Armbinders

with Monkey and MedullaOblongata

5 - 6:30 PM

Armbinders are a classic in the bondage world, spanning both western and Japanese forms. You can see variants of it in photography from the middle of the last century to last night at 3AM. When Monkey started in the rope bondage world over fifteen years ago, it was largely believed that only a very small handful of people could actually be placed in the classic elbows touching tie. This has proven to be incorrect as many bottoms can engage in this tie with the use of variants that can accommodate nearly any level of flexibility. Monkey and MedullaOblongata will walk through the body mechanics involved, explore some pertinent anatomy, prepare you for some of the expected physiological responses, and teach you how to tie and/or sustain a number of variants of this popular yet challenging class of tie.

The Knot Free Zone

with Kedi

5 - 6:30 PM

Want to get started playing with rope but don’t know how what to do? Ever wonder what can be done with rope besides complex bondage ties? Looking for new ideas for play beyond the standard patterns taught in most rope classes? This class is for you! You’ll learn several fun and creative ways to use rope as a tool for various kinds of BDSM play, all without tying a single knot. We’ll also cover how to integrate these technique with more conventional forms of rope bondage. This class is open to all levels, including those who have never done anything with rope before.

Presenters

Monkey

Monkey, owner of MonkeyFetish Studios, is an international presenter, performer and artist. He first presented rope at a local BDSM club in 2002 and has presented on rope, rough body play, D/s dynamics and other kink topics in the years since. He teaches with the philosophy that rope is easy, rope mastery is hard, and that anyone can use rope to enhance their kink play. He teaches rope, performs rope, and has more than a bit of skill with the camera which he executes for art and event photography whenever he can. He’s happy to share with anyone willing to listen to his particular brand of deviance. He serves as Secretary of the Leather Archives & Museum and encourages you to ask about the organization and spend time perusing their website in your free time. You find out more about Monkey, his classes, performances and artwork at http://www.monkeyfetish.com

Medulla Oblongata

MedullaOblongata dove into the rope scene headfirst in early 2014, after what was supposed to be a casual scene showed her the dizzying highs and intense connections that could be made through rope. She combines her thorough knowledge of anatomy with her appreciation for technical details in order to educate, primarily in the area of rope bottoming. She’s had the privilege of tying with and learning from many skilled rope tops, and applies what she has learned to help people learn to make their rope scenes better, from the top or bottom. She can be found co-facilitating the ChicagoRope Bottom Roundtable, or on http://www.iShitYouKnot.com

Kedi

Kedi sees sexuality as a door to spirituality. He believes that consensual experiences that take us out of our personal and cultural comfort zones have the potential to create meditative states of heightened awareness, which can lead to transcendent moments of connection and intimacy. Kedi brings many years of teaching experience to kink. His classes are designed to train skills and build conceptual knowledge in a safe and supportive environment. His goal is to create a more open-minded and sex-positive society through better communication, healthier relationships, and responsible use of the erotic arts. You can find out more on his website, KediRope.com.