What is Kinbaku?

Japanese Rope Bondage

0004edad-c0bd-3f8f-6d9f-4da14545d279_720The art of Japanese rope bondage can be traced back to the martial art of hojojutsu and the history of crime and punishment in Japan.  In both cases, what began as a tradition of military training and martial arts gradually became eroticized and developed in the current styles of Japanese rope bondage now referred to as shibari or kinbaku.

At LA Rope Classes, we teach Japanese erotic rope bondage based on principle of communication, connection, and mutual gratification and respect between partners.  Grounded in Yukimura Ryuu, the style of Grandmaster Yukimura Haruki, our style of kinbaku focuses on the erotic connection that rope makes possible between partners.

Yukimura’s unique style, called Aibu Nawa (愛撫縄) or “caressing rope.”  Unlike other styles of kinbaku, Aibu Nawa emphasizes “erotic, gentle communication” using touch and words and refers to a style of bondage with an emphasis on “the induction of the pleasure of the recipient.”

While there are many styles of rope that one can learn, ranging from Western bondage to more performance based style of Japanese rope, Yukimura sensei’s style of rope provides a unique and special addition to the study of erotic bondage which is not often accessible to students in the West.

As the only licensed Yukimura Ryuu teaching space in North America, we are very proud to be able to share his technique, philosophy and love of rope with students in Los Angeles.

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