Elementary Osada Ryu Shibari Workshop, February 15th and 16th, 19:30-22:30

Osada Ryu Shibari
Basic Limb and Ladder-Ties

Presenter: Amalion



in preparation for
Osada Steve’s workshops
at Xplore11/Sydney

• Introduction: different intentions and styles of bondage
• Anatomy and safety considerations
• Basic physics of bondage
• One Limb Tie
• Two Limb Tie
• Ladder Ties
Osada Ryu Box Ties (Takate Kote) as a preparation for suspension

Tea, coffee and water will be available

Preferably bring your own rope:
4-5 pieces
7-9m in length each
6-8mm diameter each




Tuesday and Wednesday,
15th and 16th of February,
19:30-22:30 (at least)

Japanese-style Bondage (Shibari/Kinbaku) takes its roots from one of the 18 warrior skills of the Samurai, who used the art to capture and to immobilize their enemies.


The art of Shibari/Kinbaku has enjoyed tremendous popularity in recent years, mainly through the beauty of the ties and the opportunity to build deep emotional connections among the two partners.

Osada Steve, who developed the Osada-Ryu technique, learned his rope under the apprenticeship of the legendary Shibari grandmaster, the late Osada Eikichi. Osada Steve is recognized within the worldwide Shibari community as an undisputed Master. He has trained several generations of riggers from all over the world to achieve advanced levels in Kinbaku. In his work, he emphasizes the spiritual and emotional connection with the model, while giving absolute priority to the model's well-being and safety. He also emphasizes discernment of the values of Japanese culture, which are embodied in the rope work.

Amalion, the presenter of this workshop, is an Austrian living in Berlin, who is here in Sydney for one month only. He is a classically trained ballet dancer. Throughout his life, rope work has been an enduring interest of his (also rock-climbing and sailing). Amalion’s principal Shibari/Kinbaku teacher has been Osada Steve, who regularly hosts master classes in Berlin. Amalion is member of Osada Kinbaku Dojo and Schwelle7 in Berlin. He also holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a commercial pilot’s licence.

The energetic, emotional and spiritual connection between model and rigger is the major motivation of Amalion's work with ropes, as is presence, intention and skilful movement. To achieve this, the rigger’s awareness and resources have to be shifted from technical considerations towards the spiritual and energetic connection with the model. To this end the bondage figures will be decomposed into “Katas”, i.e. elementary movements, which can be trained and integrated into the muscle memory of the rigger’s body. This enables the rigger to consciously chose speed, timing and tenderness/roughness of the tie according to her/his intention.

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