Chicago Rope

The Chicago Rope Dojo

ongoing training focusing on the technical, interpersonal, and cultural aspects of Japanese rope bondage

The Chicago Rope Dojo is an ongoing series of regular training sessions for intermediate to advanced students. The topics covered are different each session and include technical, interpersonal, and cultural aspects of Japanese rope bondage. Like other forms of dojo training, Rope Dojo sessions build on each other but can also stand alone as individual classes.

Schedule

Second and Fourth Tuesdays

8:00PM - 10:00PM​

September 11

October 9

November 13

December 11

September 25

October 23

November 27

Prerequisites

The Chicago Rope Dojo is targeted towards Intermediate to Advanced Students. Those who wish to tie should have a general fluency with the fundamentals of Japanese Rope Bondage, including a single column tie, standard frictions and hitches, and a basic chest harness. Those who wish to be tied should have body awareness regarding nerve impingement and circulation and the ability to communicate effectively during a tie.

Partner

While most topics covered in this class will involve people tying other people, students are welcome to attend with or without a partner. Students may also attend in groups of three or switch during class at their discretion, but those interested in doing so should keep in mind that exercises might not allow for enough time for more than one person to practice tying.

Curriculum

All Chicago Rope Dojo sessions begin with an organized warm up. Following that is an in-depth focus on a single topic. Content will be offered both for those who tie and those who are tied, and most class topics will involve a mix of discussion, technical instruction, and directed exercises. Classes will conclude with time for supervised practice. During that time, students are encouraged to work with instructors and seek help with whatever they are working on.

Materials

Please bring at least four lengths of medium-diameter bondage-grade natural-fiber rope, such as jute or hemp. We have some loaner ropes available and we will have both processed and unprocessed 6mm Ogawa jute available for purchase at all Chicago Rope events.

Pricing

Pre-Order

$ 20
  • Advance Purchase

Drop-In

$ 25
  • Door Price

Punch Card

$ 150
  • 10-class Package
$15 per class

Cash, Venmo, and other payment options are accepted.  As with all Chicago Rope events, we have reduced price options available for those who need them. To request an alternative payment method or reduced cost pricing, please contact us.

Location

This course will be held in our Wicker Park class venue, Outerspace Studios, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio. When you arrive, press the button for “Moon Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is at the top of the stairs in the far back. The venue requires that shoes be removed at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.

Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood but often can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. We recommend that those who are driving allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.

Please note that Outerspace Studio is not wheelchair accessible. Entering the studio requires ascending a long flight of stairs.

FAQ

The Chicago Rope Dojo

Do I need a partner?

While most topics covered in this class will involve people tying other people, students are welcome to attend with or without a partner. Students may also attend in groups of three or switch during class at their discretion, but those interested in doing so should keep in mind that exercises might not allow for enough time for more than one person to practice tying.

If you would like to find a class partner in advance, you can post in our Seeking Partners thread. If you connect with a potential partner online, we encourage you to meet them in person prior to committing to working with them. One way to do this is at our monthly Rope Social. You can also find potential class partners at the Social.

Do I need rope?

Please bring at least four 8 meter (25-30 feet) lengths of medium-diameter (~6mm or 1/4 inch) bondage-grade natural-fiber rope, such as jute or hemp. We have some loaner ropes available and we will have both processed and unprocessed 6mm Ogawa jute available for purchase at all Chicago Rope events.

What else should I bring?

Chicago Rope‘s events are open to those ages 18 and over. We require that you have a government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) verifying your age in order to be admitted.

We also suggest bringing a yoga mat or blanket to sit on. A water bottle is a pretty good idea as well. 

What should I wear?

This event is open to the public, so participants must remain dressed legally for public spaces in Chicago. This means that while stripping off a restrictive layer or two is okay, getting completely naked is not. Wear something that is comfortable, fitted, and that you can move in. To comply with city laws and remain gender-neutral, Chicago Rope adheres to a slightly stricter policy of no exposed nipples for anyone. Pasties are acceptable. We thank you for your cooperation.

Is this event wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, no. Outerspace Studios is located up a long flight of stairs. There is no elevator available.

How do I request reduced cost payment options?

Chicago Rope does not offer reduced cost payment at the door on the day of the event. In order to request a reduced price admission, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance of the event and let us know how much you are able to pay (even if it’s $0.00). We’ll be in touch and get you squared away to attend.

How can I get involved?

Chicago Rope is always looking for talented and dedicated individuals to join our organization. If you would like to be part of our team, fill out this form and our volunteer coordinator will follow up with you.