Thursday, July 11 2019
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Demystifying the Takate Kote (Box Tie) presented by Topologist


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The Takate Kote, or Box Tie, is sometimes considered the most foundational tie of Japanese bondage. While the basic form is simple, there are a wide range of styles and techniques for achieving it, and even two ties that appear identical at the end may vary significantly in approach. Because so much attention has been devoted to this single tie, there are a large number of intimidatingly complex designs that have been developed. Paradoxically, clear information about the basic structural underpinnings of the tie remains hard to find.

In this class, we’ll focus on really understanding the fundamental aspects of a 2-rope Takate Kote and how the choices you make in tying technique affect the nature of your TK’s foundation. You’ll learn how the pieces of a TK fit together, what aspects are essential, what choices are a matter of style, and how professionals use subtle tricks to make their tying look effortless.

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 following articles before class:

Getting Started with Rope
Basic Safety
Advanced Nerve Safety (NEW)

Everyone who plans to tie should already be proficient with the following techniques:

Somerville Bowline

Equipment You Need for Class
You will need at least 2 long (25-30 ft.) and 1 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 “bondage rope” at adult toy stores and on Amazon, most of which is awful.

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.
-All sales are final.
-This location is wheelchair accessible.

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