Intro to the Art of Japanese Rope Suspension w/ Kanso @ San Francisco Armory/, San Francisco [8 July]

Intro to the Art of Japanese Rope Suspension w/ Kanso

13:00 - 18:00

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San Francisco Armory/
1800 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103

Kiss of Rope is excited to present this three-part series exploring safe and beautiful suspensions. Join me for three daylong immersions that will help develop your skill in the art of Japanese rope suspension bondage.Rope Suspension (tsuri) is a visually beautiful and incredibly engaging form of Japanese rope bondage. These classes focus on the fundamentals behind suspensions, including learning proper safety and anatomy, efficiently managing load-bearing ropes, and how to effectively execute a full static suspension under challenging conditions. We will help you develop the skills needed by both rope top AND bottom for a safe and beautiful suspension!


1:00-3:30pm — Line management: Demo and drills on several ways to properly lock off suspension lines. How to manage suspension lines safely and efficiently. Exploring the partial suspension as a safe entry into the world of suspension.

3:30-4:00pm — Break: Please bring hardy snacks for yourselves (think protein, iron, carbs, and sure, take care of that blood sugar level!) It’s vital to the safety of both tops and bottoms to remain well-fed and -hydrated when practicing suspension.

4:00-6:00pm — Side Suspension: The afternoon session focuses on how to move dynamically from a partial suspension into a classical side suspension, or Yoko Tsuri Shibari.


-In order to perform your suspension, we MUST approve a suspension-safe chest harness/box tie and waist harness. We reserve the right to ask any students to observe rather than participate if we feel your experience is not at a safe level for suspending. Safety first!!!

-This is a pairs/couples only class. Singles tickets are not available.

To our riggers- You must be proficient in the following:
3 rope box tie (Gote Shibari)
Hip harnesses
Rope tension
Half hitch
Slip knot
Column ties (all angles, specifically vertical)
Body awareness (Tops AND Bottoms)
Testing for nerve compression, loss of mobility, and circulation when tied (Tops AND Bottoms)

To our rope bottoms:
Come well hydrated, well fed, and well digested!
Bring your supplies. arnica, layers of clothes, and a sugary snack.
Do some research. Look up information about rope bottoming and learn as much as you can!
Communicate! Ask questions and communicate as clearly as possible. This class is just as much for you as it is for your rigger!

REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: (Please see ticket sales site for list of links)

AT LEAST 12 lengths of 8m long/6mm wide rope (jute or hemp preferred)
9-10 pear shaped carabiners
Emergency shears
We no longer recommend a suspension ring. You may use your carabiners or this rigging plate:
Universal Rigging Plate

Climbing rotor swivel
Rescue hook knife
Marlin spike
Metolius 18mm Nylon Sling (Set of 4)
Flexible Mannequin (For at home practice)

This list, of course, is meant as a guide and to be used with your own common sense and budget capabilities! If you have similar equipment and want to know if it will suffice, please write to us and ask! Most importantly, we need your level of practice to be ready for entering the world of suspension, and we REALLY mean it when we say you need to have a proficient boxtie already! If you can spend every day from now until class tying a boxtie a day, that would be really great prep work!

We have a wonderful day in store for you, and hope it will SAFELY catapult you into the challenging and beautiful world of suspension!

About the Presenter
Kanso is a teacher, performer and visual artist of Japanese rope bondage (Shibari). He was first introduced to the world of Shibari while visiting Japan 2006 and has spent the last 10 years refining his rope practice and skills.In 2010 he met True Blue and together they created Bondage Erotique with the intent of introducing a more sensual and intimate approach to rope bondage. He has taught rope intensives in NYC, L.A. Atlanta, Dallas, Portland, San Antonio, D.C, etc, and has performed at corporate events, art shows & festivals across the U.S.Kanso is currently the resident rope instructor at the SF Armory and teaches a year-long curriculum taking students from beginner through to suspension. He continues to offer several on-going monthly classes and events in his hometown of San Francisco. He is also the co-founder of BARE (the Bay Area Rope Exchange), which hosts rope parties and puts on highly popular bondage performances at the Folsom Street Fair annually.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start time of your tour/workshop and bring a valid government issued photo ID (18+ only). Late arrivals or those without ID will not be allowed in. We do not use tickets, so there is nothing to print. Your name will be on a list at the door. Public transportation is recommended as street parking is limited. Closest BART station is 16th St/Mission.

We can not accommodate rescheduling or refunding any orders.

This is a four story historical building with stairs and no elevators. As such, we do our best to accommodate all individuals and we welcome persons with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Support at [email protected] In order for us to manage your request, and appropriately prepare, requests should be made at least 4 business days prior to the event.

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