Thursday, April 4 2019
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Karadas & Basic Decorative Tying presented by Topologist



This class introduces the most popular and easy to execute style of decorative tying, creating patterns on the body that are great for a photo, enjoyable to wear out under or over your clothes, and quick enough to tie any time. We’ll start with the fundamentals of split-rope karadas, and then explore how to use the same building blocks to create patterns with doubled rope; ties incorporating the limbs; ties with different types of symmetry (or none at all); and some simple decorative knot-work that can be used for accents.

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 can’t 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 don’t 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 don’t normally switch for play), one person can do all the tying if you both prefer. If you’re 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. We’ll 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 study and practice the following techniques before this class:

Under-ribs Kikkou Karada

Hishi Karada

Knotless Hishi Karada

Optionally, you may wish to check out these ties as well:

TKB Pentagram

Midori Lightning Harness

We won’t require use of those last two techniques in class, but they may help inspire you for some of the creative exercises.

Equipment You Need for Class
You will need at least 2 long (25-30 ft.) and 1 short (12-15 ft.) pieces of rope. For decorative tying, it can be useful to have some even longer pieces, so that you can complete complex ties without extending; if you happen to have some longer ropes, feel free to bring them. 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 “bondage rope” 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 government issued 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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