Founder Rope Bondage Dojo
Midori is sexuality educator, author and artist based in San Francisco, she's made an improbable career out of being the traveling coach on the art of creative and sensual living.
Midori founded Rope Bondage Dojo in 2001 with the objective of creating an immersive environment for all rope lovers to learn, grow and excel in all aspects of rope play and pleasure.
Rope has been an intimate and creative part of Midori's life. As a child growing up in Japan, she delighted in rag ropes as farmers of old used to. She used string and cord to make various arts and crafts. She watched Edo-period drama, movies and kabuki theater with fascination - with excessive focus on the part where the villains or heroes were captured and bound. As a young adult in the late 80's she clumsily explored the pleasures of rope and sex. Then in the early 90's she finally located masterful teachers, including Mr. Takeshi Nagaike, Ms. Kaye Buckley, Wolf and Lou Duff, whose tutelage and guidance she delighted in and excelled under. In the mid 90's she took her turn to teach, and continues to this day. Her passion for rope extends to aesthetics, art, sex, intimacy, philosophy, personal growth and the search of authentic connection and being.
Dubbed "the super nova of kink" by Dan Savage, Midori is known for her hilarious and practical classes on enhancing sexual fulfillment, boosting confidence and expanding personal growth. Books: She wrote the first English language book on Shibari with "Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage", the hot essays in "Wild Side Sex: The Book of Kink" and twisted dark science fiction in "Master Han's Daughter". She also heavily contributed to Tristan Taormino's "Ultimate Guide to Kink".
Since the founding of Rope Dojo, Midori's introduced other intensive weekends, including ForteFemme: Women's Dominance Weekend Intensive and Passionate Bonds Weekend: Creating Effective D/s M/s Protocol with Laura Antoniou, the author of the Marketplace series.
Workshops / Coaching / Courses: www.FHP-inc.com
DeLano's been involved with Dojo almost since it began, for almost ten years, and thinks Dojo is a singular experience for the students because it challenges not only their rope skills but also the way they think about rope, themselves and their place in the history of erotic bondage play. It's exciting watching the students open up to new ideas, new approaches and explore their rope desires.
DeLano is dedicated to using his years of experience in the bondage scene to help others enjoy their time in rope more safely and fully. DeLano is the Senior Instructor for Midori’s Rope Bondage Dojo® weekend intensives, where he utilizes his years of experience as a rope bottom (and switch) to round out the curriculum and give students a different perspective in their rope education.
He has presented rope and scene survival for new players at The Floating World, Rope Camp, NELA’s Fetish Flea and other events around the country. DeLano moderates the Japanese RopeArt and the Shibari Enthusiasts Yahoo groups. He also co-presents with Michele Serchuk on their photographic collaborations in bondage imagery.
DeLano has had a life-long desire for rope bondage and explores that through his Web site, www.delanobound.com. This is his personal exploration of the art, spirituality, physicality and psychology of his bondage journey as well as the nature of the connections he shares with his rope partners (both as a bottom and as a top).
Instructional Teaching Assistant
"Most people know me from my work with educational rope bondage in the Las Vegas area. I discovered I was "kinky" at the age of 28. However rope has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. As a former stagehand I used rope professionally, and growing up I spent most of my summers in the mountains doing rope challenge courses. Later my understanding of ropes and rigging is what allowed me to balance my Kinky persona with my vanilla life (what, you mean women LIKE this? Sign me up!).
I founded and currently sit on the board of directors of the bdsm group Reverse Tensionz, Las Vegas Erotic Rope Enthusiasts. I enjoy sharing what I have learned with others, and it is a distinct honor to be a part of Midori's Rope Dojo Cadre. There is nothing like seeing the light bulb go on for a couple as they move past the technical side of bondage and discover how much fun it is to share its passionate side with their significant other."
Lolita Wolf is a native New Yorker, who discovered the BDSM scene back in the late 80's when “online” meant being on the phone sex lines. She is an activist who defends the sexual freedom for all consenting adults, spreads the word about BDSM, sex and poly, and helps the community grow and flourish. Yet, her goal remains "to have fun."
Rope bondage is among Lolita's many specialties and she has taught at Shibaricon and Rope Camp as well as other events such as South Plains Leatherfest, Thunder in The Mountains, Portland Kinkfest, Frolicon, and Dark Odyssey.
She is the Manager at Purple Passion and runs their workshop program and teaches beginner rope bondage classes there on a regular basis.
Her writing has appeared in On Our backs, Prometheus and Rachel Kramer Bussel's Lust Chronicles. She has authored two books : Spanking and CBT in a Nutshell and is featured in the Details of Flogging DVD. She also has a chapter in Tristan Taormino's Ultimate Guide To Kink.
Lolita has been helping out with the Dojo for about five years or so. She loves working with beginners and has the patience to stick with them until they get it.
Her website & interviews: leatheryenta.com
New York Times One in 8 Million series interview & photo profile
Purple Passion: purplepassion.com
(There are more interviews at http://www.leatheryenta.com/about/)
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Special Guest Teaching Assistant
Dart comes to us from Virginia Beach, VA. His love of rope bondage can be traced back to his early childhood, when he was mesmerized watching the evil diabolical schemes being played out on Batman and Robin, and wishing he could be involved somehow. He eventually got the chance in his adult years when he became a bondage model for Bound and Gagged magazine and the website CapturedGuys.com, and has since grown into the Dominant he is today.
He has been teaching bondage and kink all over the world, including at Toronto Leather Pride, Erotic City in Los Angeles, Thunder in the Mountains in Denver, Amsterdam Kink Academy in the Netherlands, and R.U.L.E. in Dublin, Ireland. He has had the pleasure of modeling/performing with Midori and Delano, and is very honored to be included as a guest TA for this dojo.
An active kinkster and leatherman, he has been joyfully tying up men for over 25 years and graduated from Rope Dojo in 2006. "Regardless of one's level of experience with tying knots, Rope Dojo is an invaluable foundation of information and technique. The experience of the weekend will enable anyone to develop and flourish their skills, and make their bondage distinctly their OWN."
Dart has a website and podcast series called Dart's Domain: www.dartsdomain.com He shares his life with his boy/husband Bart.
Special Guest Teaching Assistant
Special Guest Teaching Assistant