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Bodies under Pressure by Discover Kinbaku

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Saturday 10:30 -17:30 - Workshop Bodies Under Pressure - day 1

Saturday 20:00 - Shibari Night Special with demo by Alexander & Natasha

Sunday 10:30 -17:30 - Workshop Bodies Under Pressure - day 2

Discover Kinbaku is a project of Alexander NawaRonin and Natasha NawaTaNeko. Together they own Studio6x6 in Berlin. They teach and perform Kinbaku and especially Semenawa to a wide audience, in- and outside of Berlin.

In this Weekend Intensive, Natasha and Alexander will invite you take a different look at the philosophy and toolbox of their style of rope bondage: “Semenawa”. The philosophy and techniques used are inspired by Akira Naka and the Kinbaku LuXuria system of Riccardo Wildties. On top, Alexander brings in over 15 years of martial arts practice and Natasha her intensive study of somatics and bodywork.

The workshop

How do we use pressure - impact - to create an emotional response from our models?

Doing so, you will be dealing with more complex techniques in semi- and full suspension. The process of tying is slow and the figures produced are static. Rope after rope the challenge is increased, resulting in images that are aesthetically reminiscent of calligraphy or ikebana. The goal is to move the tied partner to devotion and show them in all their beauty.

Rope Bottoms will learn the somatic skills to accept and integrate the impact, allowing for emotional transformation in ropes without giving up their boundaries or sense of self.

Above all, Natasha and Alexander want to enable both partners to apply the patterns and techniques to create a shared experience in your erotic play.


For whom is it?

This workshop is for couples (of all age and gender constellation) that already have intermediate/advanced experience in Japanese-inspired bondage and want to engage in Semenawa more intensively. Through various exercises and repetition you will practice the principles and gain fluency in your abilities as well as self-confidence in applying Semenawa during your private play.


As a Rigger you will learn

- a deeper understanding of the concepts and philosophy of Semenawa

- to become more creative with your own adaptions of the standard ties

- to get fluent with complex line management in suspensions

- to understand important non-technical aspects, such as Ma-ai, timing, communication through rope tools to create a shared experience of intimacy


As a Rope-Bottom you will learn

- to practice using your attention to connect deeper with yourself and your partner

- to develop an awareness of your emotional and physical limits and positively communicating them

- to learn receptivity, staying soft under the impact of the ropes

- to find a feeling of internal safety during more challenging ties


When and where?

Saturday June 18 and  Sunday June 19 10:30 – 17:30 - doors open at 10:00

Shibari Lounge, Antwerp

Price: €360,- per couple, including drinks and snacks, bring your own lunch



You are able to confidently tie a secure Gote (TK, Box-Tie), designed for torsional loads

You have a routine in executing (semi)-suspensions

You are willing to get involved in the philosophy of Semenawa


Bring along

Clothing to your taste, suiting your mood for intense rope bondage

At least 12 jute ropes, 5 or 6 mm, 7 - 7.6 m long



Kinbaku & Semenawa: History and philosophy * Basic Consent & Safety rules * Creating a session * Ma-ai: The play with distance and proximity, rhythm and pause * Communication through the rope: intimacy, suffering, shame und aesthetics * Refining the Gote * Creative applications for a 3rd/4th/5th rope * Giri-giri position * Creative applications of waist rope * Arm binders and strappado position * Lacings * Progressions * “Predicament" strategies *

On the bottom’s side, we introduce tools to growing your stamina in challenging positions by directing your attention, breathing, staying soft and re-grounding in your body.

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