Fundamentals of Akechi Kanna Style Weekend Intensive

14oct(oct 14)10:0015(oct 15)18:00Fundamentals of Akechi Kanna Style Weekend IntensiveLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSIn-House Event10:00 - 18:00 (15) FacilitatorAkechi Kanna & Akechi KaguraCategoryshibari,Kanna Kagura Berlin

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Physical Distance Maintained
Event Area Sanitized


14 (Saturday) 10:00 - 15 (Sunday) 18:00


Japanese/English in live translation

Event Details


For Akechi Kanna aesthetics and patterns are what comes after deeply connecting to your partner and giving them sweet consensual torment, delicious suffering, and sweet relief. In Kanna’s school of rope / Kanna-ryu every rope, every placement, every tension, and action should have an intention that the person tying is controlling.

In this weekend intensive workshop, you will learn the fundamental principles, the patterns, and the reasoning and intention behind Kanna’s style of tying. Kanna and Kagura will also suggest and show ways to play with the patterns and demonstrate their application within a session, as well as show variations, and explain the underlying theory and historical culture behind them.


In Kanna & Kagura’s own words:

Whether it’s the first time to meet you, or it’s been a while, or you’ve met us online but never in person, no matter what level you are, we really couldn’t wait to enjoy the ropes in the same space with you all! We’ve always been hoping to be committed to providing safe, respectful, equitable, and enjoyable learning environments for queer or gender diverse students while supporting their development and interaction with their partner. So we are super excited to share these with you!

If you’ve taken a workshop in the past or an online class, you’ve learned the basics and you are probably familiar with Kanna-ryu! Some of the content may overlap, but this series would be instructive for upgrading your skills or polishing off your knowledge!! In-person workshop classes, we’re offering skills development training workshops [*not professional teacher training workshop], with direct instruction such as checking, correcting, and suggesting to each person.

Our education plan puts students focusing on lifelong learning (the long-term benefits of sustainable rope activities) first, along with exploring a variety of approaches and methods or diverse possibilities, while prioritizing developing step-by-step skills, creativity, knowledge, and experience, rather than pushing new patterns practice as many as possible.

The content and instruction of the class will be tailored on a case-by-case basis, based on the level of the class, the student’s progress and speed, reflecting the student’s interests and demands, and/or the partner’s fatigue, as well as what is needed and what is good to know. In multi-level classes, the class may have a division in the middle sometimes flexibly depending on the student’s choice: skill practice, reteach or mini-lesson, and play with partners.

Please don’t compare yourself to other students. There are no rankings, no comparisons, or competition between students or schools in Shibari and workshops. Shibari is available for everybody of all ages, genders, and abilities. Differences that vary from person to person could be valued as individual characteristics, and grow creativity with special needs. Our rope activities Shibari or Kinbaku is interpersonal communication even in group learning. Focus on yourself, your partner, your interests, and your goals!


Event Details

Date & Time:  October 14th & 15th, 2023, 10 am – 6 pm ( 1.5h lunch break included)

Format: masterclass


Language: Japanese, and English live translations by Kako

Minimum Knowledge Level: you must be familiar with and able to solidly tie single & double column ties, box tie, and have knowledge of all common frictions

What to Bring:  a full set of ropes (8-10 ropes), safety equipment, oval carabiner as suspension point IF you wish to tie like Kanna (otherwise we provide rings)

Solo or Partnered:  the ticket price is per PAIR

Price: 400€/pair, including access to the performance night on Friday evening.


Payment Plans

We offer the possibility to pay in installments for this weekend intensive. If you are interested in a payment plan, please email us via



We are offering one scholarship (a 100% reduction of the workshop fee) to one pair of rope practitioners. In order to be eligible, both of you must be part of the LGBTQIA+ community. If you would like to apply for the scholarship, please send an email to with your rope name, profile (insta, FL, etc.) if you have one, and your intention to participate in this workshop. We will consider all applications that arrive by August 10th, 2023.


We can offer sleepovers at the space that can be added to the booking. We offer single mattresses, cushions, duvets, and bed linens. There is a shower and a kitchen available. You can sleep in any of the rooms or on any of the mezzanines.


Mandatory Covid-19 rules

If you would like to inform yourself about other safety measures we have in place, please consult our Covid-19 measurements here.


Accessibility Note

The workshop is held in spoken English. German can also be provided. The space, KARA, is on the ground floor but has three steps to enter the house. A ramp for wheelchairs is available at all times. There is also a parking space available right in front of the door if needed. KARA has an accessible bathroom available. There are no thresholds in the entire house. The garden is only partially accessible at the moment. During the workshop, we will sit on the floor. Sitting in a chair can also be provided. Adaptations for physical needs will be shown and can also be provided upon request. If you participate in this workshop and need more assistance please message us at beforehand. 


Who is this event for?

LGBTQIA+ describes the full spectrum of non-mainstream sexual orientation and/or gender identity, meaning: lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer/fluid,

Friends describe people of any and all kinds of gender and sexual identities who are aware and respectful of the necessity, needs, and boundaries of a queer safe(r) space and its marginalized community.

When you consider yourself a friend you show acknowledgment to and are respectful of everyone’s self-expression and do not assume presume or project non-consensual ideas onto others. You actively request and use people’s chosen pronouns. You remain mindful of the fact that Karada House is first and foremost a space for queer people that you are also invited to attend. You have a genuine concern for the well-being of LGBTQIA+ people and remain in awareness of heterosexual and gender-straight privileges.

Friends don’t have to be perfect. None of us are. We request that we all proactively work and strive to be good friends and allies to marginalized people.


Akechi Kanna & Akechi Kagura

縄師 神凪 Akechi Kanna(X-gender) and 神楽 Akechi Kagura are Japanese queer rope couple that have been together for 14 years. They have traveled around the world to teach and perform Japanese Kinbaku Kanna succeeded from 明智伝鬼 Akechi Denki and has developed. Kanna style is semenawa style which draws inspiration from Hojojutsu 捕縄術, is very restrictive and includes complete control of the body and often plays with the breath. “We believe that rope has no gender or borders, and rope should be for everyone, and could be fun for both the rigger and the model.”

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