Level 2: Floor Work & Approaches

To me, the next step is to start exploring different approaches to and purposes behind rope bondage to discover the one/ones that most appeal to you. Also, as you learn more approaches, patterns, and skills, you can start thinking about the types of adaptations and variations that make sense in terms of what you like (practically or aesthetically) and what your goals are.

Online tutorials can help with many of these, though working with someone experienced is always preferable. And for more complicated or risky ties (the box tie being the paramount example), in-person training with someone experienced is recommended.

The number of ties and variations eventually become endless, so my goal isn’t to make a complete list of all possible ties. Instead, I’m trying to identify the more common ties, approaches, and variations so that they might become the building blocks of other ties and improvisations. The goal is not to memorize patterns, but to come to understand the structure and reasoning behind various patterns so that those structures and ways of working with rope can be adapted for new variations and ties.

While safety isn’t a specific category here, it should be the focus throughout and be specific to each tie or concept.

Approaches & Variations

  • Eastern vs Western Approaches
  • Decorative Tying
  • Bondage for Connection or Sex
  • Bondage for SM (“torture/pain” rope)
  • Self-Tying
  • Body Adaptations
  • Learning to Improvise and Create

Common Variations on Previous Patterns

  • Single-Column Tie Variations (Somerville Bowline, Reef, Reverse Portuguese Bowline, Slipped Versions of Each, etc.)
  • Double-Column Tie Variations (Wrap & Twist, Single Column Fake, Reverse Tension, etc.)
  • Leg Tie Variations (Frog Tie, Fan, Hishi, etc.)
  • Chest Harness Variations (Front Stem, Back Stem, Shoulder Straps, Chest Cross, etc.)
  • Hip Harness Variations (Gunslinger, Drum, Nina Russ, Gorgone, Kinoko, Leto, M0co, etc.)

New Common Patterns & Variations

  • Strappado/Armbinder (Simple Wrap, Cuffs, Hishi, etc.)
  • Hog Tie (One Rope, Box Tie, Strappado, etc.)
  • Ebi/Curled
  • Teppou/Rifle
  • Full Body/Karada
  • Corsets
  • Hair Ties
  • Box Tie (2-Rope Variations, 3-Rope Variations, Hishi, etc.)
  • Asymmetrical Ties

New Common Frictions

  • Half Moon
  • Taut-Line Hitch
  • In-Line Cuff
  • L Friction

Common Decorative Knots

  • Double Coin Knot
  • Cross Knot

(I really don’t know many knots! I haven’t explored much on the decorative side of rope bondage, so this is definitely an area I will need to work on.)