My first rope experience was Hojo Jutsu at a martial arts seminar, extremely quick immobilisation and restraint.
Fast forward quite a few years and my next encounter with rope was seeing a guy at an event who grabbed his girlfriend and quickly controlled her to the floor, tied and secured her in next to no time. Just like the Hojo Jutsu I’d experienced at the martial arts seminar. I had to meet this guy and I had to learn how to do what he just did! He is still my best mate and rope mentor.
Learning more, I have spent rather a substantial amount of money learning rope from some of the top Japanese Masters, also Masters from Italy, Copenhagen, France, Spain and a few other areas.
I helped organise “Peer Rope London” , was involved in the last “London Festival of Rope Art”, and I’ve run rope events in both London and Birmingham.
I run Camden Open Rope.
Rope is something I believe shouldn’t be mystified and can be simple, it just needs to be taught the right way.
I’ve had quite a few students who have paid me for private tuition and I’m always focussed on them understanding why something works and then them finding their own way and style.
You’re tying a person for the connection, feel and interaction with that person, what the rope looks like is irrelevant!
Have fun and enjoy it!