We have just uploaded Part V in our ‘Suspension techniques’ series which is an in-dept tutorial for the yoko-zuri (side suspension).
Yoko-zuri (side suspension) is one of the classic shibari suspension ties which is typically based on a 3-rope gote. It is undoubtedly a core tie which everyone should learn. It is the first suspension tie taught to me by Osada Steve who also rigorously drilled me in his version of Akechi’s 3-rope takate-kote, often called the 3-TK. It is a great tie to use to learn suspension since it incorporate elements which should be very familiar, not least of all the 3-TK. This gote has become a standard since it has been popularised by the teachings of Osada, Kinoko and their many students since the early days. Of course, any gote of similar capabilities can be substituted.
This suspension can also be part completed to provide an excellent exposed play position which also affords the opportunity for an inexperienced rigger or bunny to test the water before going fully airborne. What better than to have a pleasurable way to do some homework and practice?
As with all our tutorials, you will see more than a simple step by step guide. You’ll get a lot of pro tips to help you tie with less effort but more efficiently and with full effect. For example, a simple change in main line length can make moving into suspension a whole lot easier and strength much less of an issue. We go beyond the basics by showing examples and giving you inspiration for creative variations to personalise and adapt the tie.