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Rope Anatomy


Rope terms

  • Bight – The middle of the rope (often in a folded position
  • Loop – When the rope crosses itself to make a circle
  • Standing end – The part of the rope that we haven’t tied with yet
  • Hitches – knots used to bind a rope to an object or another rope

Name of ties

  • Single column tie – A loop held in place with a knot so it will not tighten used to attach around something, usually a limb.
  • Box tie, Takate-Kote Shibari, Gote Shibari, Munenawa – A classic tie with the hands int the back
  • Futomomo Shibari – A tie that holds the leg folded by tying the calf and the thigh together.
  • Hog tie, gyaku ebi – A tie with the ankles tied to the wrist or chest in the back
  • Ebi shibari – A tie with the ankles tied to the neck or chest to bend the person forward
  • Crotch rope, matanawa – Rope that goes between the leg

Rope Techniques

  • Hojojutsu, Torinawa jutsu – A traditional Japanese martial art of restraining a person using cord or rope
  • Floorwork, neweza – Method of tying that is done on the floor (or other surface such as a bed) that do not require an overhead suspension structure
  • Shibari – A conjugation of the verb Shibaru “to tie” in Japanese. Generally mean erotic Japanese rope bondage when used in English
  • Kinbaku – Literally tight binding in Japanese, meaning Japanese rope bondage and is generally considered as a synonym of shibari.
  • Suspension, tsuri – Method of tying that uses an overhead structure in order to lift the person up. When the person tied is still in contact with the floor, it is referred as partial suspension.

People, Roles and Community

  • Top – Someone doing something to someone else, sometimes used for the person tying
  • Bottom – Someone receiving something from someone else, sometimes used for the person being tied
  • Switch – Someone who can play both roles, to top or to bottom
  • Munch – A social activity for kinky people in a non-kinky context.

Other glossaries

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