A Chest-Loading Takate-Kote
Takate-kotes (box ties) have many benefits, but one very significant drawback, especially for suspension: the high risk of injury where the rope passes near vulnerable nerves in the arms. This class presents a modified tie that maintains the look, feel, and functionality of the takate-kote, but redirects most of the load during suspensions onto the torso, away from the arms, reducing the risk of nerve injury, and (for many bottoms) significantly increasing comfort and the duration sustainable in the tie.
Requirements: Proficiency with traditional Takate-kotes; Four 20-30' ropes
One of the fun things about floorwork is that when there's no chance of falling, you can feel more free to make things up on the fly, without worrying about whether every component of a tie is bombproof. On the other hand, after spending 15 minutes tying a brilliantly artistic and complex flight of fancy, it's kind of disappointing if your bottom just shrugs right out of it because their nose itched. This class provides an opportunity to focus on honing the inescapability of unstructured floor ties through guided hands-on exercises, along with some general tips and tricks.
Requirements: At least 50ft (15.5m) of rope, in lengths you prefer.
The Somerville Bowline
This class focuses on performing one- and two-column limb ties with the Somerville Bowline, a universal column tie that is as fast as the traditional "Boola Boola", but safe to use in a wider variety of applications, and more appropriate for bedroom bondage. Several different approaches to constructing the tie will be covered, as well as how to adapt the Somerville Bowline for non-columnar ties, quick-release variants, and the Reverse Somerville Bowline.
Requirements: One 25+ft (7.5+m) length of rope