Instructors

JD

JD-66 started tying in 2008 and was an experienced rigger when OsakaDan brought Kazami Ranki to Toronto in 2013. Feeling an affinity for Kazami’s style, JD dedicated himself to deepening his knowledge of this style and was appointed Deshi to Kazami in 2017 and Shihan or Master Instructor in 2018 and head of Kazami style Shibari with responsibility for building the school throughout North America.

With a playful and semi sadistic style of rope, he loves playing with balance and unbalance in rope, reading his partner and taking them to places they didn't expect. He owns and runs The Toronto Kinbaku Salon which is the oldest and longest running dedicated rope space and school in Canada. The Salon as it’s commonly referred to is a structured rope school teaching the Kazami style with classes running 5 days per week. 

While dedicated to the Kazami Style, JD has background in other styles and is able to meld various approaches to help people with developing and adding to their repertoires and creating their own individual style.

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AJ

Based in Toronto, AJ came to the Toronto Kinbaku Salon in 2015 and learned from OsakaDan and later Kazami Ranki. In 2017 he was honored to be appointed Deshi to Kazami Ranki and in 2018 was given the rank of master instructor of Kazami Ryu. With a PhD in Physics, AJ enjoys designing sustainable harnesses and Dynamic Transitions.

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  Instagram

KJ

Toronto based rigger KJ first picked up rope 15 years ago and has been honing his skills in Shibari at the Toronto Kinbaku Salon since 2016 after being inspired to learn by watching the Shibari performances at MBE (Morpheus Bondage Extravaganza). 

Learning from JD and AJ, both master instructors in the Kazami school of Japanese style rope, he developed an affinity for this style and was recognized by Kazami Ranki as an assistant master instructor in 2018. In the same year he was also appointed Deshi to JD. 

KJ enjoys teaching rope at all levels, while also continuing to learn from Kazami Ranki and JD. His personal style is still evolving but centers on the power exchange and intimacy of Kinbaku. His rope is often a playful take on semenawa with a strong aesthetic sense and a love of predicaments. 

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  Instagram