You Must Learn Shibari

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Some things we know by intuition. For example, some people are good at driving from the first time on. Likewise, others, men and women, have always been good kissers. Unfortunately, Shibari is not one of those things. Learning the art of Japanese bondage takes time and effort. In other words, you can’t just do Shibari; rather, you must learn Shibari. Fortunately, we’re here to help you.

The first thing you should learn about Shibari is a little bit about its history. Most practitioners skip this part. They think it’s boring, without realizing that it provides the necessary context for a better understanding of the art of bondage. It’s not just a matter of ropes; it’s a tradition. And, just like any other cultural phenomenon, it has a purpose and a history behind it. Learning them will provide you with a better understanding of the whole thing, not to mention that it will improve the experience for everybody involved.

Like any other art, Shibari has a technique. In this case, it is the tying, with all the variety of positions and knots that it offers to its enthusiasts. Like in music or painting, the more you know about technique and the more you practice, the more resources you will have available for achieving whatever you want. In the same way that you wouldn’t want to be a three-chord musician if you played the guitar, you don’t want to be a one-knot rigger, or a one-position bottom.

Shibari is a risky practice. Therefore, one of your responsibilities as a rope player is to learn as much as you can about safety measures and emergency procedures. This is a way of acting responsibly. And acting responsibly shows that you care about your partners. We’re always looking for the thrill and the fun, and that’s fine. But we should also strive to make it a safe experience for everyone involved.

These are some reasons why you must learn Shibari. Can you think of others?

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