Intro to Basic Japanese Rope Bondage
Square Knot: If you can tie your shoes, you can make a square knot. Its just like the first part of tying your shoes, and for the second part you repeat the first half in the opposite direction… Remember “right over left, left over right … makes a square knot nice a tight!”
Half Hitch: The half hitch is a little harder but also very useful. You wrap the rope around what you going to bind too, fold it over itself, then push a loop under the first part, the pull the tails through the loop and pull tight. If you do 3 half hitches, we call that a “hitch and a half”. its possible for a half hitch to slip, but if you do 3 in a row, its easy and fast to make, and virtually impossible to come apart.
Larks Head : It is not really a knot and is called a larks head. Basically you wrap the rope around the body or limp, then put the tails the the bite ( folded mid point ) from the opposite direction and pulling the tails in the opposite direction till snug.
Folding/Bight is when you find the center of the rope, and fold the 2 halves over creating a bite and 2 tails. Almost all Japanese rope bondage is based of this technique. It makes the rope act like its twice as wide (so 3/8” rope acts as its 3/4” wide), makes it faster to use up the rope and creates larks heads easy.
Banding: is when you double, triple etc. up the rope up to make it act as it wider then it is to spread out pressure on the surface of the skin. Folding is a version of banding, and you can use a folded rope to create more banding. So a 3/8” rope can act as is 3/4”, 1 1/4”, 2 1/2” wide etc.
Layering: is when you take several different pieces of rope or techniques and layer them on top of each other, or have them effect each other. For example, making a chest harness, then taking another rope, and using one the ends to tie to the chest harness, and the other end to a beam.
The Boola-Boola is an example of layering in one technique.( Figure 8)
Bar Wrap : A bar wrap is when you take the tails of rope and wrap them around a band of rope nice and tight. Basically you end up making a handle you can grab and lift with. And a beautiful way to use up extra rope!
So using these knots are bondage techniques, you can do almost any kind of Japanese rope bondage.
Animated knots is another great site where you can learn all knots required for any kind of bondage.
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