Melbourne Rope Dojo was founded in 2011 to teach authentic Japanese Shibari and Kinbaku as practiced in Japan.

Rather than just focussing on technical knots and patterns (kata), Melbourne Rope Dojo emphasises the strong and intimate connection rope can create between partners.

There are three broad areas of Shibari (Tsuri, Newaza and Kazari-nawa), although the divisions are in some ways academic as each area overlaps with the others.

Tsuri (suspension)

There are a variety of suspension positions, including yoko zuri (sideways), aomuke-zuri (face up), and futomomo-zuri (thigh).

Given the risk of nerve damage and serious injury, all the ties are taught with high precision, and are designed to be safe and comfortable.

Kazari-nawa (decorative bondage)

The aesthetics of Shibari is critical regardless of the techniques being performed.

The techniques of kazari-nawa are used once the functional part of a tie has been completed, and there is excess rope remaining.

Newaza (floor techniques)

The floor techniques taught draw heavily on the teachings Yukimura-ryu, or the "caressing" style of Shibari.

Newaza focuses on using rope as a means of connection, and as such promotes closeness, intimacy, and a deep emotional exchange between partners.