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Have you learned how to use rope for Japanese bondage? Do you know how to lay it and where to knot it? Great! So now you are ready to study the remaining 90% of the art of kinbaku. You can start at Sadistique, the fantastic BDSM event to be held Sunday, December 2nd in Milan. The incomparable lecturer of this month’s MasterClass will be La Quarta Corda, one of the most prepared Italian shibari teachers. His lesson, from 4 to 5 PM, will be dedicated to kakehiki and semenawa, two key elements in his philosophy.

Kakehiki is strategy. Using force is never the best solution with bondage. Sometimes having a good kakehiki allows to bring the partner beyond their limit, to do something without making it feel like an abuse. The same strategy must be employed when we want to experiment seme, or torment, together. Semenawa (‘punishing rope’) doesn’t just mean torture. It also indicates the discovery of the weak points, fears and emotions driving the tied person, and pushing them to live them in a consensual, intimate and controlled setting in order to exit the experience stronger and purified. The key is using rope to create a relationship that goes beyond sensations and emotions. Other topics of the class will be kotobazeme (words as torture), suuchinawa (shameful rope), shikarizeme (scolding punishment) and especially ma, which is what gives whatever we do with ropes its meaning.