Education

Education at TheSpace2 Vancouver

Barkas’ Kinbaku Dojo is the heart of the education offered at TheSpace2. The education consists of ongoing, progressive trainings located in the metaphorical “city of Kinbaku” – a non-hierarchical model for education. The aim of Barkas’ Kinbaku and the city of Kinbaku is simple: To help people find their personal approach to rope bondage, and to support their development in a positive and welcoming environment. Technical rope skills are of the same importance as communication skills. Each session encourages participants to meet each other and themselves with respect and care.


Trainings:

Barkas’ Kinbaku Dojo Vancouver provides progressive weekly training in modern Kinbaku technique and philosophy, taught by Barkas, Addie, or one of their co-instructors. These trainings are designed to supplement and build on each other, to give a thorough, adaptable, and enjoyable understanding of kinbaku.

Each training is roughly divided in three parts. The first part is a warm up, to wake up the fingers and get to know the day’s mood. The second part is the detailed discussion and practice of one topic. The general topic follows a set rotation (see below), though exact technique depends on the needs of the participants on that day and as such is not pre-announced. The last part of the training is dedicated to free tying practice, with the instructor(s) available to answer questions and give feedback.

  • Basic training every Friday. 6pm-8pm
    Topics rotate as follows:

    • 1st Friday/month: Single & Double column ties with 1st applications
    • 2nd: Safety and Consent with exercises (including rope exercises)
    • 3rd: Arm & Leg Binders with basic frictions
    • 4th: Upper Body Ties. 2ish rope Takate Kote
    • 5th: Rope and Body HandlingFor the basics training, participants don’t need to bring ropes or a partner (although recommended!).
  • Kinbaku Training – Rope techniques
    Topics rotate as follows:

    • 1st Tuesday of the month: An upper body tie (will follow through the whole month)
    • 2nd: Uplines
    • 3rd: Static suspension
    • 4th: Dynamic suspension
    • 5th: Variations of the above
  • Kinbaku Training – Communication techniques
    Topics rotate as follows:

    • 1st Thursday of the month: Basics of communication through ropes
    • 2nd: Communication through patterns
    • 3rd: Yukimura Ryu
    • 4th: Communication in suspensions
    • 5th: Free form ties

 

  • Advanced training every even date Wednesday. 7pm
    Participation via personal invitation. Audition possible for all levels

 

  • Personal Space: The self suspension training by Addie. Every first odd Wednesday of a month. 7pm-10pm.

No pre-registration necessary. Rope is available to borrow for the duration of the session. Doors open 30min before each session and close 5min after start.

  • Prerequisites and Progression:
    • Basic training has no prerequisites, and is aimed at those who are brand new to rope, or who want to review and practice the fundamentals.
    • Kinbaku training presumes that participants have visited a month worth of the Basic Training or similar such as private tuition, workshops, etc. Participants are welcome to visit or audit trainings above their current tying level. More information here.
    • Advanced training. Audition possible by everyone. Active participation upon invitation only.
  • Cost: $20 per person. Punch cards available (see price list).
    It is recommended (though not required) to come with a partner, as the information is directed at tying with another person. Auditing, trios, and switching welcome.

Workshops:

The themed workshops held by Barkas, Addie, a co-instructor, or a presenter from outside aim to boost a specific area of knowledge, such as suspensions, ranboo, specific patterns, etc. In such a workshop, the participants are given a number of techniques as well as a large corpus of information about that topic. Practitioners who are not able to attend the regular trainings or who want to expand their knowledge in a particular direction benefit most from this type of education. The dates, topics, and prerequisites are announced for each workshop separately. See Special Events for a list of current offerings.


How can you participate?

And what you should know beforehand.