The curriculum at The Toronto Kinbaku Salon have been carefully tiered in order to provide students with the safest, sanest path on their journey in rope. The class are offered and five different levels:

Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage

Kazami Ryu 1: The Munenawa (Chest Harness)

Kazami Ryu 2: Partial Suspensions

Kazami Ryu 3: Basic Suspension Techniques

Kazami Ryu 4: Advanced Suspensions

With the exception of the Introduction class, each level has a set ‘Core Curriculum’ which students must satisfy in order to graduate to the next tier. Simply attending the class doesn’t mean you will graduate to the next.  How long it takes to master these different aspects will vary between students, depending how much time they practice.

Please click on the links below for details about the class contents.

Core Cirriculum

The Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage class is our entry level class for those who are curious to learn about the art of Shibari/Kinbaku and begin their journey. Even if you have a little experience already, it is still recommended that you attend the Intro class to get a full overview of the curriculum offered at the Toronto Kinbaku Salon and to gain a full understanding of the single column tie.

Students are welcome to attend this class by themselves, we will try to pair you up with someone if you like, but most of the material can be tied on your own ankles. Students are encouraged to bring their own rope if they have it. If not, The Salon has plenty of house rope for students to practice with.

The Intro Class includes:

A brief history of Japanese Rope Bondage and it’s rise in the west over the past decade

Who is Kazami Ranki-sensei?

Rope types, applications and Pros/Cons

Rope Bondage Safety Basics

Single Column tie- how it’s executed and why it works.

Suspension demonstration (you are welcome to volunteer for this!)

Double column tie

Free form creative session utilizing the material learned.

Advancement

All students are welcome to take the Kazami-Ryu 1 class after attending.

Core Curriculum

In this class, students will use the material learned in Intro to apply the standard Kazami Ranki chest harness safely, comfortably and with finesse.

Kazami-ryu munenawa (chest harness)

How to tie it and understand why you are tying it in this fashion.

Tension

Why it’s important and how to create it in the chest harness.
Safety and emergency procedures.

Identifying nerve paths and tying around them, what to do in emergency situations.

Optional Curriculum

Kazami-ryu Maeniryoute Shibari

Arms bound in front

Futomomo (non suspension)

Ankle bound to hip

Advancement

Students must satisfactorily complete the core curriculum in order to move up to Kazami Ryu 2. The test for this will be tying a suspension worthy 3 rope chest harness in 7:30. How long it takes to graduate is entirely dependant on how often a student practices.

Core Curriculum

In this class, students will use the material learned in Kazami Ryu 1 to start doing partial suspensions safely, comfortably and with finesse.

Kinbaku Theory

Why are you tying/being tied? How do you achieve that?

Partial Suspensions

Loading a harness

Suspension line execution

Physiology/ Manipulating you partners movements

Safety

How to monitor your partner effectively

Nerve impingement, how to avoid it and how to deal with it

Circulation and how rope bondage affects it

Guiding your partner to the ground and safety

Emergency procedures

Optional Curriculum

Koshi Nawa: Hip Harness
Futomomo: Calf/Thigh bind

Advancement

Students must satisfactorily complete the core curriculum in order to move up to Kazami Ryu 3. The test for this will be tying a suspension worthy 3 rope chest harness in 5:15 and demonstrating a solid, consistent understanding of suspenion line execution. How long this takes is entirely dependant on how often a student practices.

Core Curriculum

In this class, students will use the material learned in Kazami ryu 1 and 2 to start doing suspensions safely, comfortably and with finesse.

Safety

Line Manegement

Monitoring Partner

Mitigating injury

Suspensions

Kazami style Yokozuri (Side suspension)

Kazami Style Hikakyuzuri (Postman/Running man Suspension)

Tasuki (crossed in front) chest harness

Advancement

Students must satisfactorily complete the core curriculum and perform during one of our Open Salon events in order to move up to Kazami Ryu 4.  How long this takes is entirely dependant on how often a student practices.

Core Curriculum

In this class, students will use the material they’ve learned in Kazami Ryu to perform advanced transitional suspensions safely, comfortably and with finesse.

Suspensions

Hishi nawa

Teppou zuri

Shin Shin sakasatsuri

Gaikyakuzuri

Kataashi

Transitions.

Adapting forms.

Private lessons

The Toronto Kinbaku Salon offers private lessons to students and visitors in Toronto alike. Whether you are looking for specific instruction so you can graduate a level in the Kazami-Ryu classes, looking for guidance or advice on your own style of rope or prefer not to attend group lessons, we can help.

Being customized to the students individual needs, private lessons are the best way to improve your rope quickly.

Rates

Non Suspension: $80 an hr – 2hr minimum

Suspension: $100 and hr – 2hr minimum

Discounted rates can be negotiated if the student is interested in block hours or ongoing private lessons.