Beautiful shapes emerge out of imbalance. Pulling the wrists in different directions will pose the arms in an infinite number of combinations. It is interesting to observe how each side can be different as well.

The goal of this week is to explore different approaches to asymmetry and how imbalance influences the feeling of a tie.

Day 113: Wrists to the Side – Tie the wrists together and try pulling them in different directions. Try the hip, the chest, or going over the shoulder. Once you find a position that feels good, create a tie to keep it in place.
Day 114: Crossing Arms – Tie the body for a self-hug. Pull the wrists in opposite directions and create a V shape where the arms cross in front. Also known as V shape and crossing elbows.
Day 115: One-Arm Box Tie – Modify your favourite box tie to include only one arm. You can keep the wraps over both arms or keep one arm free.
Day 116: One in Front, One in the Back – Create a tie to keep an arm in front and another in the back.
Day 117: Riffle Tie – Aka teppo shibari 鉄砲縛り(riffle tie). The most classic of the asymmetric tie, one elbow pointing up, the other arm in a box position or with the elbow pointing down. This position can become difficult to hold as the upper arm is fighting gravity, make sure you can untie quickly.
Day 118: Choking Riffle Tie – Aka self-choking teppo – Bring the elbow around the neck and tie the wrist pulling backward. Just like the regular rifle tie, the lower arm can be tied in a box position or with the elbow pointing downward.
Day 119: Broken Strappado – Tie the wrists together in the back, if flexibility allows, tie the forearms together as well. Then break the symmetry by pulling them on one side.

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