Harukumo, Ropeknight und Osada Steve diskutieren Konzepte für den Shibari-Unterricht.

In the Juku there are two forms of shibari instruction: private lessons and workshops. I teach two styles, Yukimura-Ryû and Osada-Ryû. Both styles are very close in that the emphasis is on experiencing and communicating with the other person. Besides these two styles of restraint, the teaching of Juku is characterized by a precise concept. On the one hand, this allows us to respond to the individual strengths and abilities of the learners, but on the other hand, we can also give a structured training within the framework of the two ryû.

I am a certified Osada-Ryû and Yukimura-Ryû instructor. The styles have much in common and can therefore be taught well together or alternately.

Private lessons Yukimura-Ryû

Yukimura-Ryû is a minimalist style. The techniques are quiet and subtle to create intense emotions.

The basic techniques can be performed with a few ropes. Thinner ropes with a diameter of 4 to 4.5 mm are also mostly used. The floor techniques are thus easier, faster and more elegant implemented. It also creates more filigree patterns and more efficient movements. This gives the Yukimura-Ryû its unique elegance.

In collaboration with Michael Ropeknight and Osada Steve, I have developed a comprehensive Kyû-system that combines philosophical, aesthetical and theoretical elements. This training system is unique in the world and in use since 2020.

In private lessons, the focus is on the development of the student. The development and goals of the students are the most important elements, patterns serve as practices and are of secondary importance.

Private lessons Osada-Ryû

Osada-Ryû focuses on the needs of the partner, but is characterized by a greater dynamic and wider range of techniques.

Complex patterns, partial suspensions and suspensions are more often done than in Yukimura-Ryû. However, the interaction between the participants remaind the most important thing. Aesthetics, resulting from the sensual expression created by the partners, is another important element.

In private lessons, besides techniques and patterns, there is strong emphasis on non-verbal communication. Here, the “9 Gates” of Osada-Ryû are particularly important. These basic principles shape the understanding of the Osada-Ryû students and instructors and are reflected within each session.

The 9 Gates are:

  1. Tachi-ichi, 立位置 – Position
  2. Ma-ai, 間合い – Distance
  3. Sabaku, 捌く – Rope handling
  4. Urawaza, 裏技 – Hidden techniques
  5. Ki, 気 – Energy
  6. Kankyû, 緩急 – Tempo and rhythm
  7. Kan, 勘 – Intuition
  8. Muganawa, 無我縄 – Empty mind
  9. Kuden, 口伝 – Oral transmission

The 9 Gates are the theoretical core of Osada-Ryû and are at the heart of the teaching during lessons.

Workshops

Besides private lessons, we also organize workshops. There are basically two types of workshops: On the one hand, those that we organize ourselves, and those for which we invite external instructors.

Our self-organized workshops focus on people who are interested in Osada-Ryû and Yukimura-Ryû. Quality and close supervision are particularly important. We are working with small groups (maximum four to five couples) so that we can provide in-depth feedback to all participants.

The second type of workshop is conducted by external instructors that we invite to the Juku. These workshops usually have a specific theme, for example safety, consensus, floor or suspension techniques.

We want to offer a holistic range that covers technical, artistic, anatomical and emotional topics. We look forward to discovering this world together with you.