This experiment shows the effect of tension in a gote (TK). Correct tension and wrap position are key to tying a safe gote/TK. It is a common error to tie unnecessarily tightly, often to try to make poorly positioned wraps stay in place. This somewhat crude experiment shows how the forces increase exponentially with wrap tension. You will be surprised at the magnitude of the difference caused by a relatively small change in tension, which was nearly double in the example here.
This does not mean loose tension is the answer since this can reduce the stability so wraps will more, with the associated risks. The solution is to use the body’s natural anchor points/stoppers as described in our tutorials on tying the gote and employ the least tension that will create stable wraps. Nina was quite surprised when she was tied by Kazami Ranki how little tension was in the wraps initially, although once complete it was quite snug and very stable. However, with Kazami’s ties you can usually count on them gradually becoming more restrictive and sadistic. His style seems to be more one of developing a tie and position rather than flashy multiple transitions.
It appears that the mechanism at work is similar to the American Death Triangle. You can easily appreciate the forces if you try to lift even a modest weigh. Take a rope and attach a weight to the middle. Either tie one end off or get a friend to hold it, then standing a metre or so away lift the object. Easy! As you move further way and the closer you try to make the rope to a flat angle, the harder it becomes. You certainly won’t be able to make the rope entirely straight with any real load attached.
MiddleWay commented on my Fetlife group about how he created a very simple, yet effective, experiment to actually feel the effect by tying his own thighs:
“I think you maybe right about this. I thought up a quick small scale experiment to experience the ADT on myself.
I tied a single column around my legs with two half hitches to make it adjustable.
When the top angle is small:
If I pull up as hard as I can, the crushing forces on my legs is less than when the top angle is closer to 180°:
It is definitely a noticeable change even with the minimal force I can apple by pulling up.”
Try Middleway’s experiment on yourself and do a bit of lab work to try to find that sweet-spot when you next tie a gote. You might be surprised at the difference.
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