For me, rope is a space for
deeper reflection; a space
where I can stop thinking and
be in the moment. It allows my
intuition and subconsious to
flow, focusing and responding
through the rope. I’m able to
pause, take in the moment
and have empathy for what
my partner is feeling; to be a
witness to their process.
I was first introduced to the world of Shibari while
visiting Tokyo in 2006. A friend took me to a S/M bar
where I witnessed a beautiful rope performance that
would not only change my view of what was capable
with rope, but ultimately my life. I brought that
experience back with me to the U.S. and started my
journey exploring the world of Shibari. While some of
what I’ve learned of rope bondage has been through
study with selective teachers, most of my knowledge
of Shibari has came through years of tireless practice.
I practice two distinct forms of Shibari. The first is a traditional
form that focuses on the contextual use of rope as an intense
somatic tool, known in Japanese as Semenawa. This style is slower
and allows the person being bound to have a transformational and
cathartic experience by encouraging a physical and emotional
release. Since this style is practiced on both horizontal and vertical
bamboo beams, multiple suspension points are possible.
The second form I practice centers around using single-point
suspension while moving the person in rope in a variety of
dynamic positions in order to create a certain aesthetic and to
mimic dance choreography in a contemporary performance style.
This form creates a very dierent feel, aesthetic and overall
experience than Semenawa
My intention has always been
to share this work with a wider
in learning ways of creating
better intimacy, understanding
kink, exploring the polarity
of sensation and integrating
it all into their personal lives.
In 2010 I created Bondage Erotique with the intent of introducing a more sensual and intimate approach to rope bondage. I have taught rope intensives in NYC, LA, Atlanta, Dallas, Portland, San Antonio, DC and elsewhere, and have performed at corporate events, art shows and festivals across the nation.
In 2017 I started Kiss of Rope (KOR) as a further exploration into
teaching rope as a transformational practice that helps build
deeper intimacy, connection and sensuality between partners.
Currently I’m the resident rope instructor at the SF Armory and
teach a year long curriculum that progresses students from beginnerall the way through to introduction to the art of suspension bondage.In addition, I offer several ongoing monthly classes
and events in myhometown of San Francisco. I’m also co-founder
of BARE (the Bay AreaRope Exchange), which hosts rope
events and puts on extremely popularbondage performances at
the Folsom Street Fair annually.
Rope — I like the texture in my hands; how the strands
twist together. I like the sound it makes when it hits
the floor. I like the tension of the jute as it presses into
the body. I like the look on my partner’s face and
seeing how they let go.