Fundamentals of Kanna Style Series

19dec(dec 19)14:0016jan(jan 16)16:00Fundamentals of Kanna Style SeriesLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverVirtual Event(December 19) 14:00 - (January 16) 16:00 FacilitatorAkechi Kanna & Akechi KaguraCategoryKanna Kagura


December 19 (Saturday) 14:00 - January 16 (Saturday) 16:00




Japanese/English in live translation

Event Details

For Nawashi Kanna aesthetics and patterns are what comes after deeply connecting to your partner und 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 4-class-series you will be introduced to the fundamentals of Kanna-ryu/ Kanna style. By going back and (re)-discovering the basic shibari patterns of Kanna-ryu, you will learn the fundamental principles, reasons and intentions of tying, along with multiple options and variations. Kanna & their long time tying partner Kagura will go deep into the underlying principles, theory and historical culture of their style.

After learning these principles they will move into variations and show how to play with principles, patterns and how to combine each according to your intention, need and body.

This series will give you deep knowledge of line management, placement, tension etc. with the purpose of creating, maintaining and controlling the conditions of your rope scene, it’s mood and atmosphere for yourself and your rope partner.

Attending all 4 sessions is highly recommended but not obligatory.


Lesson I: December 19th, 2-4pm CET (Berlin time)

Learning Tension with Hishi – Nawashi Kanna is well known for mastering tension and will teach you how to get your tension on point with hishi (diamond) patterns.


Lesson II: December 26th, 2-4pm CET (Berlin time)

Understanding TK’s and shibari principles – Using TK (takate kote/ upper body tie) patterns to teach in depth about the underlying principles of rope


Lesson III: January 9th, 2-4pm CET (Berlin time)

Restriction in Kinbaku – Kinbaku (tightly binding) is another principle of Kanna-ryu. We will take a deep dive into the intricacies of restriction (not only of the body)


Lesson IV: January 16th, 2-4pm CET (Berlin time)

Semenawa with Hojo – Semenawa means “torture rope” but is not simply a matter of pain. In this session Kanna & Kagura will explain the depths of semenawa in Kanna-ryu that they draw from hojojutsu ideas.


Event Details

Date & Time:  December 19th, 26th, January 9th & 16th, 2-4pm CET (Berlin time)

Format: workshop & discussion (virtual)


Language: Japanese, English live translations by Kako

Minimum Knowledge Level: single & double column tie, basic TK

What to Bring:  if you want to tie along you need ropes, safety gear, space, a partner

Solo or Partnered:  both (each participant needs a ticket)

Class recording: Yes. Every participant will get access to the recording for 30 days (participants will not be recorded)


What else to know

Purchasing this ticket gives you access to the entire series consisting of 4 classes at a reduced price. If you wish to only buy single classes, please re-direct yourself to the single events listed in related events further down.

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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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