One of the most frequent questions we get at Rope Flix is “Is there any instructional material?” When it comes to building a rope scene, the answer to that question depends on what you mean by instructional material.
Building a Rope Scene
There are three kinds of instructional material that you can find in Japanese rope videos. The first is how-to instruction. These videos provide detailed and specific instruction about how to do particular ties and techniques. A wide selection of these videos can be found at Japanese Bound, for example.
The second type of instruction video is more wholistic in its approach and shows how to tie in the context of a rope scene. A particularly good example of this kind of video is Yukimura Haruki’s Bakujyo series. These videos are extended tying sequences, but each section is clearly labeled based on the tie being done, so the viewer can follow and understand the progression of the scene.
Each tie is clearly demonstrated, but not taught or explained the way one would in a how to video.
The value of these videos, from an instructional point of view, is that they give a much better sense of how ties work in the context of a scene, something which is not show in how to videos and infrequently discussed in rope instruction generally.
What you learn, in addition to the technique of tying, are things like pacing, timing, progression, touch, and body movement and positioning. The elements that make a great rope scene are not found in the tie alone, but in how it is part of a larger process.
There are dozens of videos that provide those kinds of insights on Rope Flix.
The third kind of instructional video is more inspirational. These are videos where you will see a new approach, position, idea or technique. They are demonstrations of the kinds of things you can do or learn to do with rope and they provide deeper insights into different styles of rope. Understanding Naka Akira’s style is not a matter of learning ties. It is about understanding how the pieces all fit together. But more than that, it is about seeing his progression over time, comparing and contrasting and seeing his evolution. Rope Flix also provides the opportunity to see how his tying evolved from his teacher, Nureki, and how the two share elements and how they differ.
Understanding shibari is more than a matter of learning ties. It is about learning the context in which those ties have meaning and how to use them in the context of a rope scene to create and facilitate communication and connection with your partner.
In that sense, we can begin to see how all of what we offer in Rope Flix is instructional.