None of the ties were too complex for anyone, and the group was small enough that Midori or Delano were able to provide extra support when needed. While those of us who were new at it practiced the technique, the more experienced among us were able to challenge their creativity and style.

Regarding any concern about not bringing a partner with you, there’s no need to worry. My “bondage buddy” had to give up her spot in the dojo a couple of weeks before when she suddenly had to move to the west coast. I was a bit concerned about going alone, but ended up being paired up with one of three other attendees who didn’t have partners. If there was an odd person out, there were staffers who probably could have stepped in. Our pairing worked out great. In fact, I found everyone at the dojo to be positive and supportive of each other. I expect this often happens when you put rope enthusiasts together in one room.

If you are concerned that you don’t have a partner of your gender preference to attend with… From a purely technical point of view, it doesn’t make a difference for the ties and harnesses that are taught in the dojo. The techniques are transferable regardless of the topography you’re dealing with.

My advice is to sign-up early, bring lots of rope and enthusiasm, and challenge yourself. A couple of weeks ago I got together with two fellow graduates who I’d first met at the dojo for some practice ‘lab scenes’. We all agreed that it’d be worth going to the dojo again!

(Student from Toronto Dojo)