The Dojo is the place devoted to the DO practice and search. Literally, in Japanese, DO means the way (it is the same character as the Chinese tao) : dojo is the place where one studies/searches for the way. Yoroï Shibari ventures the proposal that the way can also be found in the practice of a sensual art, adressed as a traditional Japanese art. Our Kinbaku lessons are called DOJO in this meaning.
In concrete terms, what does it mean? That through simple exercises and the least possible theory, I try to pass on tools (physical, postural, rope skills, Japanese concepts…) so you can build your own shibaris. I speak to both the rigger and the model : a Kinbaku time calls for two people. Kinbaku is a Japanese art wich involves tying a person with ropes. It is also known under the names of Shibari or Japanese bondage. A long time reduced to the field of various sexualities, it is little by little recognized as a major aesthetic art, self sufficient by itself.
Disconnected from any sexuality, it becomes another personal development practice which aims are as diverse as self-esteem, confidence aesthetic development, limit-searching, letting go…. Yoroï Nicolas also think of it as a ropey dance, discipline half-way between contemporary dance and body language.
Practice and lesson organisation Practice is organised around three elements : body work, rope-skills work (Basis = Kihon waza) and work about the gesture meaning and artistic/emotional composition (build a body phrase, try out new play ideas…).
Educational goals are :
- Acquisition and improvement of basis (as well as their understanding)
- Ability to make a situation change and adapt to it
- Ability to lead and live a Kinbaku exchange (study of the different uses…)
- Ability to introduce techniques and arts that seem odd to practice or to our practice
Clothing : Loose or tight cltohes to ease body movement and feelings (legging / sport clothes / light kimono / taï-chi or yoga clothes…), barefoot
Once a month, a full Saturday is dedicated to beginners in order to easily get the first basis and start well.
“Classic” lessons take place almost each Monday
- The first and second Monday of the month, floor work lessons. It is mandatory to attend regularly in orde to progress to the other lessons.
- Third Monday of the month, basic suspension. You can attend after a certain time of practice in floor work lessons, for the rigger as well as for the model.
- The fourth Monday of the month, Advanced lesson, you can attend only on invitation
In Brussels, I also organise Masterclass about my rope practice as well as workshops where I invie other riggers to come and present their work
Week end are regularly organised about my rope technique and strategy, as complete cycles. Each of them can be attended individually but they are conceived as a progression throughout the cycle. It is therefore far more interesting to follow the complete cycle!
I would be happy to organise a workshop with any group inviting me, either on a regular basis or for a specific subject
All the info on the page Dates(fr)