From a private practice. Photo by Dee.

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Rope Study Group

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Rope Study Group

Skill Level:
Beginner-Intermediate

The Rope Study Group offers local bondage practitioners a monthly practice-oriented event where they can pick up new skills or hone existing ones.

Contents

We’re moving away from our intensive weekend format to make the topics easier to digest!

Attend our Rope Study Group where you can practice at your own pace (ala Rope Jam style) or join us as Dee shares his understanding of and approach to Japanese rope bondage through discussions and hands-on exercises.

Scheduled every 3rd Saturday of the month, the study group is meant to help both Tops and Bottoms in 3 main areas: Flow, Fluency, and Function

Note: The topics covered in the RSGs are available as a privately scheduled event. Contact Dee if you are interested in booking an intensive format or ala carte session. 

Flow (Session I) studies the fluidity of our tying technique during bondage. We’ll look at how we might improve by maximizing our first piece of rope—exploring the why behind the how and where we hold our signature tool—and perform exercises that’ll help against fumbling.

  1. Rope Techniques 
  2. Rope Handling
  3. Guided Practice 

Flow (Session II) approaches the topic of fluidity from the angle of creativity. We’ll identify the common elements used in bondage—asking about the how and when they are used—as the basis for our exploration into confidently designing our own improvised sequences.

  1. Ingredients & Recipes 
  2. Improvisation 
  3. Guided Practice 

Fluency dives into the different ways we communicate during bondage. We’ll work on how we can convey meaning and intent—both verbally and non-verbally—to keep our sessions safe and satisfying for everyone involved. It also examines the relationship our bodies have with our minds and feelings. We’ll build up our physical, mental, and emotional vocabulary so that we can tell stories during bondage—as the storyteller, audience, or both.

  1. Verbal Communication (April 21, 2018 — Saturday)
  2. Non-Verbal Communication (May 19, 2018 — Saturday)
  3. Meanings & Movement (Jun 16, 2018 — Saturday)
  4. Senses & Stories (July 21, 2018 — Saturday)

Coming soon!

Flow (Session I) studies the fluidity of our tying technique during bondage. We’ll look at how we might improve by maximizing our first piece of rope—exploring the why behind the how and where we hold our signature tool—and perform exercises that’ll help against fumbling.

  1. Rope Techniques 
  2. Rope Handling
  3. Guided Practice 

Flow (Session II) approaches the topic of fluidity from the angle of creativity. We’ll identify the common elements used in bondage—asking about the how and when they are used—as the basis for our exploration into confidently designing our own improvised sequences.

  1. Ingredients & Recipes 
  2. Improvisation 
  3. Guided Practice 

Fluency dives into the different ways we communicate during bondage. We’ll work on how we can convey meaning and intent—both verbally and non-verbally—to keep our sessions safe and satisfying for everyone involved. It also examines the relationship our bodies have with our minds and feelings. We’ll build up our physical, mental, and emotional vocabulary so that we can tell stories during bondage—as the storyteller, audience, or both.

  1. Verbal Communication (April 21, 2018 — Saturday)
  2. Non-Verbal Communication (May 19, 2018 — Saturday)
  3. Meanings & Movement (Jun 16, 2018 — Saturday)
  4. Senses & Stories (July 21, 2018 — Saturday)

Function (Session I) looks into how we might create more sustainable systems during bondage. We’ll explore how we can “listen” to our rope—its construction, orientation, and sensitivity to direction and pressure—and then subject them to a series of tests to improve their sustainability.

  1. Listening to the Rope
  2. Sustainable Systems
  3. Guided Practice

Function (Session II) invites us to approach bondage from a problem solving point of view. We’ll use lenses from Human-Centered Design as we investigate how our bodies work and interact with rope—so that we can open the doors to more creative bondage outside of our usual patterns.

  1. Bodies & Bondage
  2. Purpose & Problem Solving
  3. Guided Practice
Overview

WHEN: Every 3rd Saturday of the month | 4pm-7pm
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. 

Click here to register »

Requirements
  1. Must have attended an introductory workshop
  2. At least one (1) piece of 8m long bondage rope (recommended: either synthetic or jute rope)
  3. Solo attendees should be prepared to switch roles if the partner they meet requests it.
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.

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.

Artists, struggling professionals, and fashionably challenged time-travelers are 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.

We recommend that you attend with a partner for the Rope Study Group. The exercises will require a partner and we can’t guarantee that another solo attendee will be available, or willing to partner with you.

If you do find another solo attendee, great! To be fair, make sure you are prepared to switch roles with them during the class too.

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.

The venue allows us to bring snacks or order food via delivery, so you can feel free to munch during the hour long breaks between sessions.

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

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!