Beginners Workshop Level 0

From Zero to Pattern and Play

This is the workshop for enthusiastic beginners who want to explore Kinbaku (Japanese-inspired bondage). We address both partners who take an active, albeit different, role. After a brief introduction to safety, you will explore qualities of contact through the rope. We will introduce few basic principles and you will learn how to combine them, developing “real” patterns for play with your partner. We will emphasise movement, control, (non-verbal) communication, emotional and physical limits, as well as intention based consent. The goal is for you to be able to create beautiful shared moments in ropes

This is a practical workshop: you will tie and get tied a lot.

This is the workshop for enthusiastic beginners who want to explore Kinbaku (Japanese-inspired bondage)

For whom is it?

This workshop is for couples (of all ages and gender constellations) who are (absolute) beginners in Japanese-inspired bondage and want to learn simple principles to engage effectively, aesthetically and playfully to find intimacy in the rope play together. You can apply the learned patterns directly for your play in private or on a Jam.

==> Notes for participants

Bring along: comfortable, flexible clothing and rope when you already have. We will also have some freshly disinfected rope to lend out.

You learn…

As a Rigger…

  • knowing and practising the first basic principles of Kinbaku
  • getting enabled to apply them safely in private play or at a Jam
  • gained a good foundation for further workshops
  • shifting the focus from technique to a shared experience
  • shaping bodies by the rope to create emotions
  • mastering intention based consent negotiation

As a Rope-bottom

  • understanding your responsibility
  • developing positive communication pattern in ropes
  • getting familiar with a rope impact and learning to enjoy it
  • becoming aware of your emotional and physical limits
  • mastering intention based consent negotiation
  • unlearning common myths about being a rope bottom


General remarks on safety * Consent and communication between the partners * Different qualities of contact * The basis: wrapping, frictions, and square knot * Handcuffs * Simple, effective and beautiful patterns for arms and legs * Upper body bondage * Basics of Takate Kote / Box-Tie * Basics of floor work * Effective methods for moving and controlling the partner * Forming the body: expansion, compression and torsion * Influencing feelings and moods through position * Introduction to the game of shame or pain * Historical aspects * Materials


I am a total beginner in the rope. Is the workshop suitable for me?

Absolute. There is no precondition to participate, except curiosity and desire to learn about Kinbaku.

I don’t have own rope. Can I still participate?

Absolute. We have ropes for you, which you can use during the workshop. We can also talk about qualities, prices and sources if you want to buy ropes.

I don’t have a partner. Can I still participate?

The workshop is consciously designed for couples. Even if you do not have a fixed partner yet – this is Berlin! Put an ad in the usual suspects’ platforms and there will surely be someone who wants to share the experience with you.

Is switching allowed?

Switching is not “prohibited”, but the program is designed so that there will be no time to do the exercises twice in a time-slot. We do not want the non-switchers to get bored … Since the principles are repeated in different exercises, you can, of course, do the exercises alternating if both partners want to actively learn.

I have a partner who is a lot heavier than me. Do I learn to better control and move him?

Yes, the partner’s control on the ground, inspired by Judo / Aikido techniques, is addressed and practiced in the workshop.