Gote Takatekote

Gote Takatekote is the principal tying technique used in Kinbaku. It can be the basis for many different knots. If you want to be a proficient top, you should dominate this technique.

Gote is a word that indicates that the rigger ties the bottom’s hands behind the back. On the other hand, Takate refers to the upper arm. Finally, Kote is the Japanese word for wrist. So, the literal meaning of Gote Takatekote is hands behind the back – upper arm – wrist. This gives you a very clear idea of the essential points of this tying technique.

As you can see in any Shibari handbook, there are several variations to tie these positions. The important thing to remember is that, in true Shibari, it is essential to tie the wrists, usually behind the back, as well as the upper arms, either with or without a chess harness. 

Gote Takatekote is a very popular knot. For the top, it is a clear statement of domination, as well as a way to uplift the bottom’s chest. For the bottom, it is neither too unfamiliar, nor painful. Likewise, Gote Takatekote doesn’t require an advanced technique, and it can make for great photos and poses.

Gote Takatekote probably hast its roots in Hojojutsu, the ancient Japanese torture with ropes. It seems that it is not, as the term cannot be traced further back than 1923. And, therefore, it is more probably a modern development of Shibari. However, its popularity compensates for its lack of tradition.

As usual, don’t let yourself be fooled by the apparent easiness of Gote Takatekote. To avoid nerve damage in the arms, or lack of proper blood circulation, make sure to take all the safety measures and monitor the state of the bottom through the scene.

This way, you will have a fulfilling and pleasurable Shibari scene.

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