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LEARNING THE ROPES

Introduction to Shibari

Explore the art of Japanese Rope Bondage with Shibari.ph!

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Learning the Ropes: Introduction to Shibari

Skill Level: Beginner

Learning the Ropes: Introduction to Shibari is an introductory and refresher course for both rope bondage newbies and experienced kinksters alike. 

Contents

In this 2-hour skillsharing event, attendees will discover:

  • The origin and history of Shibari
  • Why rope can work for several kinds of kinky play
  • How to mitigate the different risks while enjoying bondage
  • What rope tops and rope bottoms are expected to do during a session
  • Dee’s current recommended knot for the basic column ties
  • How to take care of your partners after a session
  • A glimpse into how you can enjoy amazing bondage even with just one piece of rope

Note: The topics covered in the Introduction are available as a privately scheduled event. Contact Dee if you are interested in booking a private intro event or customized coaching session.

Overview

WHEN: Every 3rd Saturday of the month | 1pm-3pm
WHERE: Magenta Art Studio, 2nd Floor, 743 Sgt. Bumatay St., Mandaluyong (Google Maps)
TICKETS:
Php 1000/attendee regular rate
Php 500/attendee (when you register at least 1 week before the event)

Availability

One ticket per attendee. Slots are limited to a maximum of 14 attendees (7 pairs) per session. To register, message Dee via the Shibari.ph Facebook Page.

Requirements
  1. No previous skills/experience necessary
  2. An open mind/learning attitude
  3. Partners recommended but not required
  4. Solo attendees should be prepared to switch roles if the partner they meet requests it.
  5. At least one (1) piece of 8m long bondage rope (synthetic or jute is recommended)
About the facilitator

Dee is a Japanese rope bondage artist from Makati who advocates kink-, sex-, and body-positivity. 

He started bondage in 2013 and uses it to help our communities develop a stronger culture of empathy, inclusiveness, and respect.

The instructor, Dee, was surprisingly very approachable, was able to answer questions properly from the serious to the mundane and the whole event was very refreshing super inspiring and oddly relaxing.

JP

[I enjoyed t]he attention being given to each participant, making sure everyone is able to follow. Also, styles of instruction that cater to each participant’s preferred learning method… It was easy to follow and asking questions was encouraged. The topics themselves also made it not just about the patterns and techniques but also about the intent.

Silent

I love the one on ones. Dee makes it easy for students to ask questions without hesitations. Perfect for introverts like me.

F

I love that you made it a point to give each participant enough attention.

[I l]earned a lot even from the participants.

Anon

The topics were not as compacted, which gave us enough time to practice and actually learn what we needed. I like that minute details about aesthetics and rationale were given. I enjoyed the focus given on each person. The little history tidbits were also good.

Anon

You’ve created a very relaxed space that’s still conducive to learning. We don’t only learn how to do it, we learn why it’s done certain ways. It’s technical but not mechanical, fun and definitely something worth doing again.

Anon

I really enjoyed the reviews over safety concerns and going over the safest and practical areas to let the rope go over.

Anon

Frequently Asked Questions

Dee Sapalo is an amateur rigger from Makati who advocates kink-, sex-, and body-positivity. He joined Manila’s rope scene in 2013, pursuing studies with both local and international practitioners. He now uses it as a way to help our communities develop a stronger culture of empathy, inclusiveness, and respect.

Dee believes in helping more people accept and benefit from kink, so he runs the Shibari.ph resource blog and hosts rope events where enthusiasts of all ages, genders, and body types can explore bondage in a safer, more supportive, and accepting environment. 

You can message him to ask questions or say hello at dee@shibari.ph.

Yes! If for some reason you are unable to afford our regular rates, kindly message us on Facebook or via email with your situation and we’ll look for a mutually awesome arrangement.

Both artists and struggling professionals are also welcome to apply.

The venue will be Magenta Art Studio, a private photography studio in Mandaluyong, that’s just a short walk or drive from Powerplant Mall/Rockwell.

The studio is Google Maps, Waze, and Uber-friendly.

Parking: For those driving to the venue, parking is available on a first come first serve basis by the curb. However, we recommend just using a ride-sharing app or a taxi since looking for a parking space may be inconvenient.

This event is best suited for attendees who are attending with their partners. Attending as a pair/couple isn’t required but comes highly recommended if you want to maximize the event.

Some of the exercises will require a partner and we can’t guarantee that another solo attendee will be available or willing to partner with you.

We encourage sports, yoga, or any exercise attire as long as they aren’t too baggy. Bras with underwires are discouraged since any chest-related bondage might give you a harder time breathing (plus the risk of deforming it).

MEDICATION: Please remember to bring medication if you need any— especially for emergencies (asthma inhalers, insulin, etc.).

CLOTHES: If you reckon you’ll perspire a lot, bring small towels and a change of clothes. There’s a water dispenser for you to stay hydrated and a comfort room nearby where you can get changed too.

NOTES: Bring a pen and paper so you can take notes! You can ask us questions anytime throughout the workshop. 🙂

ROPE: At least one (1) piece of 8m long bondage rope (synthetic or jute are recommended). Although, if you have none yet, you  may borrow or buy synthetic rope from us on the day of the event! 

EMT/SAFETY SHEARS: We use a special kind of scissors for bondage—the kind used by paramedics for emergency situations which has a blunt tip. You can buy all-metal versions of these at most Mercury Drug store branches.

We’re happy to notice that attendees of our Shibari.ph events tend to be comfortable enough to not use codenames anymore. However, the Philippines still faces some stigma when it comes to the practice of activities under BDSM.

To protect your privacy, we highly encourage the use of code names and aliases during the workshops (especially if you plan to join the local kink community).

Note: Anyone caught harassing other attendees for personal details will be reprimanded or sent out. Repeat offenders will be blacklisted from future events and reported to the other local kink groups.

As an added level of security, we won’t be allowing photographs to be taken by anyone other than the group’s official/authorized photographer.

They are specifically instructed to creatively crop personally identifiable features from view and, in cases where it’s unavoidable, to blur them well before publishing.

Exception: We might dedicate a photo-safe zone and allow pictures if all the attendees agree to it.

After the workshops, we tend to work up an appetite so feel free to hang out with us during dinner!

The event venue is really close to Poblacion where a lot of great dining options are available. Feel free to join us, hang out, and bond over good food! 🙂

We offer private coaching for couples and small groups in case you can’t attend the regularly scheduled workshops or need to keep your interest in kinks discreet.

If you have questions, shoot us an email at dee@shibari.ph or message us through the Shibari.ph Facebook Page!

Note: Sorry! Suspension bondage, takate kote, and similar advanced classes are not offered at this time.

CONTACT

Got questions?

Send us an email at dee@shibari.ph or message us through the Shibari.ph Facebook Page.

Happy tying!