Fundamentals

of Japanese rope

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Fundamentals of Japanese Rope is a two-month series designed to give you the tools you need to start tying in the Japanese style of rope (aka shibari or kinbaku). The program consists of two courses, Standing Techniques and Ground Techniques. Each course runs four consecutive weeks on Monday nights from 8pm to 10pm. We alternate courses each month, and the courses may be taken in any sequence and at any time.

Curriculum

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Standing Techniques

This course will develop the core skills for partnered movement with rope through an in-depth exploration of aisatsu shibari. Material will include refinement of tying skills as well as exercises to improve communication through and about rope. The course will build towards students learning how to construct a brief rope performance.

Upcoming Sessions

March 2020
Monday March 2
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class I
Monday March 9
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class II
Monday March 16
Monday March 23
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class III
Monday March 30
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class IV
May 2020
Monday May 4
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class I
Monday May 11
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class II
Monday May 18
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class III
Monday May 25
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class IV
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Ground Techniques

This course focuses on tying in sitting positions, including seiza, agura, and tate-hiza. In addition to body movement skills, classes will cover basic rope handling techniques. The course will culminate in students devising their own pattern and performing it.

Upcoming Sessions

April 2020
Monday April 6
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class I
Monday April 13
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class II
Monday April 20
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class III
Monday April 27
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class IV
June 2020
Monday June 1
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class I
Monday June 8
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class II
Monday June 15
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class III
Monday June 22
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Class IV
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Pricing

The cost of each four-week course is $150 per pair (with your own rope). You can purchase individual lengths of fully processed and conditioned Ogawa jute along with your registration for a discounted cost. Cash, Venmo, and other payment options are accepted. A limited number of reduced price registration slots are available for each course. To request an alternative payment method or reduced cost pricing, please contact us.

Schedule

This class meets Monday evenings from 8pm-10pm. See above for specific class dates. Please enroll only if you can commit to attending all four sessions. The material is cumulative from session to session.

Prerequisites

No previous rope experience is necessary. Students should be comfortable tying in front of other students and being observed. All attendees must be 18 or older. You must have a government-issued ID verifying your age to be admitted.

Materials

For Standing Techniques, we ask that all students bring at least one (1) length of medium-diameter natural-fiber rope, such as jute, hemp, or cotton. For Ground Techniques, please bring at least two (2) lengths of rope. We offer individual pieces of processed and conditioned premium 6mm (1/4in) Ogawa jute for purchase at a discounted price along with your course registration. The standard size used in Japan is 8m (~25ft), which are available for $30 per rope with course registration. We also offer 10m (~33ft) ropes for $35 per rope that offer a bit more length for larger bodies. Any ropes purchased along with course registration will be available for pick up at the first class. We also have rope for sale at all of our events.

Partner

You must attend our Fundamentals courses with a partner. Because our classes deal with highly personal material, we recommend that you attend with someone you trust and feel comfortable working closely with both physically and emotionally. We ask that you stay with the same partner for the duration of each four-week course, but you do not need to take both courses with the same partner. Each course is limited to a total of 8 tying pairs.

Dress Code

The dress code at all Chicago Rope events is rope casual. Casual means something you would feel comfortable wearing shopping, running errands, or in any other conventional public space. Clothing that would not be appropriate in public spaces, such as fetish gear, is not a good fit for our events. We recommend wearing something suitable for moving around, being on the floor, and physically interacting. Many people find that yoga or fitness-oriented clothing works well. It is best to avoid wearing strong fragrances. Also please keep in mind that Outerspace Studios does not allow outdoor shoes to be worn inside their studios. There is an area to remove street shoes at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.

Accessibility

Our studios at Outerspace are at the top of a long flight of stairs and have no elevator. We regret that this limits access to our events. We are happy to provide whatever accommodations we are able to. Please contact us directly for more information.

Location

Our events are held at Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio.

When you arrive, press the button for “Sun Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is up the stairs and to the right. 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.