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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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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KJ started tying over 15 years ago, though infrequently until finding his rope home at the Toronto Kinbaku Salon. He was inspired to learn from watching the Shibari performances at MBE (Morpheus Bondage Extravaganza).
KJ was recognized by Kazami Ranki as an instructor in his style of rope in 2018 and was appointed Deshi to JD. He has been a teacher at the Toronto Kinbaku Salon ever since.
His personal style 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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