Chicago Rope: TK Lab

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Date(s) - 04/09/2017
4:00 PM - 6:45 PM



This month, Chicago Rope goes back to basics with an entire event devoted to helping you improve your TK (aka gote, or box tie). This is a great opportunity to sharpen your skills in preparation for the Osada Steve intensive we are hosting in July.

For brand new beginners, we’ll be kicking off another iteration of our Fundamentals of Japanese Rope Bondage series. If you’ve been wanting to learn rope, this is your chance to join a three-class progression that will get you started with the basics that you need to know to move on to more advanced ties.

If you just finished Rope 103 in March, you can start working on to the two rope gote. If you are already tying that well, you can learn how to add a third rope. And we might even spend some time talking about attaching uplines to TKs for those who are ready for it.

Rope Bondage 101: Lark’s Head, Double Column, and Ladder Tie

with Apikoros and hitchinswitch

For those who have never done rope but want to learn, this class is an accessible introduction. After covering the most important safety issues you need to know before starting out with rope bondage, we will practice several basic but useful ways of incorporating rope into your BDSM play. Rather than focusing on fancy knots and decorative ties that you won’t remember, this class will give you powerful tools you can take home and use the same night with rope you can purchase at a hardware store. You will learn a lark’s head, a comfortable yet easy-to-execute double-column tie, and how to build a ladder tie using basic frictions.

TK Lab

with Chicago Rope Staff

We’ll start out with an assessment of your current gote and then break into small groups organized by level and facilitated by Chicago Rope staff instructors and TAs. Groups will be working on the two-rope gote, at least one three-rope variation, and possibly some suspension prep material.

Chicago Rope Social Hour

4-5pm @ GD2

Come early to Chicago Rope to catch up with friends, meet other people interested in rope, find a partner if you need one, and get settled into a floor space. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Classes will start promptly at 6pm.

Rope Bottoming Roundtable

4:00-4:45pm in Serenity

Facilitated by _Jei_ and MedullaOblongata

A roundtable discussion group for bottoms of all levels, including those just starting to explore rope. Each month, different topics will be discussed.

Chicago Rope Monthly Event FAQ

How can I get more information on Chicago Rope?

There are several ways you can follow our events. You can sign up for our email list to get event announcements directly to your inbox, join our FL group or friend our FL profile, or you can connect with us on Twitter or Facebook.

How do I attend?

Chicago Rope is open to anyone over the age 18 (with valid, state-issued ID) who is interested in rope. Our free monthly events are hosted at the Galleria Domain 2 club (GD2) during non-member hours. Those who are not members of GD2 must complete and sign an Entrance Agreement in order to access the premises. We strongly recommend that you do so prior to attending the event to make entry faster and more efficient for everyone. Your online agreement only needs to be completed once to attend all future Chicago Rope events at GD2.

Where is GD2 located?

GD2 is located near the border of the Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods in Chicago. To get the exact address, you must RSVP here.

What does it cost?

Monthly Chicago Rope events at GD2 are offered to the public free of charge. All of the organizers and presenters are unpaid volunteers, and our hosts are donating the use of their space.

Do I need a partner?

No. Participants are always welcome to self-tie or simply observe the class of your choice. If you would like to find a partner in advance, you can post in our Seeking Partners thread. If you connect with a potential partner online, we encourage you to meet them in person prior to committing to working with them. One way to do this is at our rope Social Hour, which is always immediately prior to our educational events. You can also search for a partner in-person at the Social Hour, as we will offer color-coded stickers to those seeking partners as a top, bottom, or switch.

Keep in mind that GD2 rules do not permit play during non-member hours, so all tying at monthly Chicago Rope events must be in lab-mode, of the tie demonstrated by the instructor, and for educational purposes only. However, as rope is an activity that involves close physical contact between people, we expect that all interactions between partners will be consensual and with respect for any and all stated boundaries. Please contact a staff member if you have any questions or issues regarding this policy.

Do I need rope?

If you only want to be tied, you don’t need to bring any rope. If you would like to tie (or self tie), we recommend that you bring your own rope. We do have a few lengths of rope available for loan if you need it.

For our Fundamentals of Japanese Rope Bondage series, almost any rope is fine. We recommend rope of a diameter between 6mm (1/4 inch) and 10mm (3/8 inch). Soft synthetic rope like braided or twisted nylon in this size can easily be purchased at a hardware store. One length of 20-30 feet is sufficient, although shorter or longer lengths will also work.

For other classes, unless otherwise noted in the class description, we recommend at least three 8 meter (25-30 feet) lengths of natural fiber (jute or hemp) ropes of approximately 6mm (1/4 inch) diameter. If you choose to use synthetic ropes, be aware that some ties may need to be modified to suit your rope.

We also suggest bringing a yoga mat or blanket to sit on.

What should I wear?

Participants must remain dressed legally for public spaces in Chicago. This means that while stripping off a restrictive layer or two is okay, getting completely naked is not. Wear something that is comfortable, fitted, and that you can move in. To comply with city laws and remain gender-neutral, Chicago Rope will be implementing a slightly stricter policy of no exposed nipples for anyone. We thank you for your cooperation.

How can I get involved as a presenter or volunteer?

Presenters should use this form to apply. Those interested in volunteering for organizational roles should use this form. Chicago Rope staff will get in touch to discuss how you can help.