Thursday, March 7 2019
7:00am - 9:30am

Hog Ties & Hair Ties presented by Topologist



The hog tie is for bondage lovers a bit like the Old Fashioned is for bourbon drinkers. Itís a tie thatís all about the bondage; a classic that never goes out of style; a simple formula with endless variations, and one by which you can immediately take the measure of any practitioner.

In this class, Iíll push you to explore the envelope of what a hogtie can be, fusing all the techniques weíve learned so far to create ties that are complete in themselves, and beginning to develop your personal style. Advanced students are also welcome to attend; this will be a fun class.

Weíll practice hair ties as well, because they go great with hogties and youíve got to learn them some time; but thatís a relatively small part of the program, so donít worry if you donít have hair to tie.

How This Class Works
This class is part of a progressive series of lessons called the Core Rope Curriculum (CRC), a system under which hundreds of students have learned to tie since 2010. The latest revision of CRC uses an inverted classroom format, meaning that students learn the steps for certain new techniques from videos prior to class, at their own pace. This allows more class time to be spent getting instructor feedback, improving mastery, and experimenting under supervision -- the stuff you canít get from a video.

The full schedule for the 2019 class series appears here. You can still join this class even if you have not participated in earlier classes in the series; just make sure you get sufficient practice ahead of time with the techniques listed under What to Study below.

You will need a partner, but they donít need to be your romantic partner, and the class is structured to allow time for each participant to practice each technique as both the person tying and being tied. While we recommend that everybody practice both roles in class (even if you donít normally switch for play), one person can do all the tying if you both prefer. If youíre looking for someone to pair up with, we have a group you can post in for just that purpose.

Finally, please be assured that we welcome students with all types of bodies and identities. Weíll spend a lot of time in class talking about how to adapt ties for different people, and the instructor will always be happy to help you modify a technique to meet your needs and desires.

What to Study Before Class
Every participant should read the articles on Getting Started with Rope and Basic Safety if they have not already.

Everyone who plans to tie should already be comfortable with the following techniques, which will be used in class but not a focus of instruction:

Keeping the Center
Sheet Bend Rope Extension
Somerville Bowline Single Column
Somerville Bowline Double Column

Additionally, all students should study and practice the following new techniques before this class:

Collapsed Lark's Head Hair Tie
Captured Overhand Cuff (first variation, for wrists)
Slipped Half Hitch
Ankles to Wrists Hogtie
Quick Shoulder Harness
Bar Tie (Centered, Alternating)
Ankles to Chest Hogtie
Figure 8 Inline Double Column
Ankles to Chest to Forearms Hogtie
Speed Hogtie

For the new column tie techniques, the goal is to learn the steps well enough that you can repeat them from memory; donít worry if it still feels awkward, or comes out messy -- weíll iron out those issues in class! For the various hogties, donít worry about memorizing those exact combinations of techniques, just try them each once to get a feel for different approaches.

Equipment You Need for Class
You will need at least 3 long (25-30 ft.) and 2 short (12-15 ft.) pieces of rope. This article covers common questions about selecting rope and building a rope kit. The best place to buy ready-to-use ropes in San Francisco is Wicked Grounds -- be very wary of packaged ďbondage ropeĒ at adult toy stores and on Amazon, most of which is awful.

In addition to your normal kit, you may want one short piece of thinner diameter rope for practicing hair ties, particularly if you will be tying very short hair. More detailed recommendations are in the article on hair ties linked above. I almost always use my normal 6mm jute for hair, but YMMV depending on what rope you use.

About the Instructor
Topologist is one of the most widely-recognized North American authorities on rope bondage. He has invented numerous new techniques, including the Somerville Bowline, which since its introduction in 2009 has become perhaps the most widely taught tie of non-Japanese origin. He is the facilitator of Rope Bite SF and the founder of Crash Restraint and the Core Rope Curriculum. Topologist's non-dogmatic approach to teaching rope places risk awareness and adaptability center stage, allowing challenging ties to be performed while honoring a bottom's limitations and avoiding unnecessary hazards.

-You must be 18+ with valid photo ID.
-No outside food or alcoholic beverage.
-Arrive on time. Any guests arriving late may not be permitted to enter. Please understand that is in effort to not disturb our intimate workshop setting. You cannot miss the safety discussion at the beginning of this workshop.
-All sales are final.
-This location is wheelchair accessible.

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