For a Master Class in Kinbaku
Master “K” is an author, rope master and teacher. He has studied the art of Kinbaku for more than 40 years and is both a student of Yukimura Haruki (under the given name Haru Tora) and the first certified instructor (first class) in North America in Yukimura's celebrated Newaza or Aibu Nawa (caressing) style of Kinbaku. Master “K” is also the direct and named successor to legendary movie rigger Urato Hiroshi. He is a renowned authority on his subject whose rope work has been seen in photo galleries, music videos (eg. Millie Brown's film “Pendulum”, The Bulls music video “Come Unwound”), books, magazines (including GQ Italy and Interview Germany) and on TV (Angel, among many others). He also did the rigging for the recent film “The Neon Demon” (2016) starring Keanu Reeves and Elle Fanning. He has been a teacher of Kinbaku for over 30 years. He is also the author of Shibari, the Art of Japanese Bondage (2004) and The Beauty of Kinbaku (or everything you ever wanted to know about Japanese erotic bondage when you suddenly realized you didn’t speak Japanese) (2008). This latter book was translated into Japanese as A Cultural History of Kinbaku (2013) by the distinguished academic publisher Suriensha and is in its third printing in Japan. A new and revised English language edition of The Beauty of Kinbaku was published in 2015 and is now available through Amazon and booksellers worldwide.
In addition, he is the co-founder of two Los Angeles-based kinbaku study groups: Spring Tiger Ryu and LA Rope.
Photo: Michael Helms, Rope: Master K.