A cinch is a technique to add solidity to a structure by inserting a rope in a gap between two columns and catching a rope on the other side. It prevents the structure from rotating or sliding, making it harder to escape, and it is a great way to make things tighter. Cinches are called kannuki 閂 in Japanese.

Double Column Tie

You can transform a single column tie tied around two limbs into a double column tie by adding a cinch. We will explore more ways to tie two columns together in Week 29.

 

Cinched Friction

The same principle can be applied to frictions.

Mermaid Tie

Tying two parallel legs is a great way to drill cinches. This is one of the many variations of the mermaid tie.

Practice Time!

Explore with cinches using the mermaid tie or something else of your creation with two parallel columns.

Self-evaluation checklist:

  • The cinch rope is flat between the two columns.
  • Observe both sides of the tie, watch as the rope bends when you tighten the cinch to adjust the level of tension.

Exploration ideas:

  • Play with different amounts of tension: adding cinches on looser wraps, tighter wraps, Pulling harder on the cinch.
  • How much friction do you need before and after cinching to keep things solid?
  • Move around and watch if the tie slides or collapses.
  • What other limbs can you tie together with the same technique?
  • Can you tie around more than two columns and cinch multiple times?

Being Tied: Dealing with the Tight Leg Cinches – sansblague

If your partner has a preference for tying tight, the experience of being cinched on the lower body can be quite an invasive one. A finger digging in between your legs where they are most squeezed together can almost feel like a new form of penetration. If you want to, you can change the cinching experience a bit by working actively with your muscles where they are most squeezed.

  • You can tense them to create flatter and harder surfaces for ropes and fingers to travel through,
  • You can sometimes push out toward the ropes to create more space,
  • Or, if you like the sensation of having fingers and ropes digging in your flesh, you can make sure to squeeze your legs together even tighter.

Inspirations and Resources

Credit: Pictures –M/R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7

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