Kinbaku Bondage Knowledge

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What is Kinbaku?

Kinbaku, like Shibari is a sexualised extension of Hojojutsu. Techniques once used for restraining prisoners have been subtly altered to address the line where pain becomes pleasure… where the intent for torture becomes a consensual element of BDSM.

The meaning of ‘Kinbaku’:

In Japan, Kinbaku is less commonly known as sokubaku, bakujojutsu, and senyojo jutsu, and it has been suggested that the differentiation in naming has parallels with the martial arts, where very similar techniques are referred to with terms that differ between discipline.

How is Kinbaku different to other forms of bondage?

The are particular ropes preferred by those practicing Kinbaku:

  • Natural fibre rope, most specifically jute ropes
  • The use of rope with a diameter of 5-7mm
  • The use of coloured ropes is rare
  • Finishing is almost exclusively a single knot
  • Lengths are typically limited to 7-8 metres

Further Identifiers

  • Kinbaku practitioners tend to pay more attention to functionality as a method of restraint
  • There is a preference to fix ropes using ‘weaves’ as apposed to knots
  • Rope is deployed with erotic intent, where the rigger often actively targets erogenous zones

These characteristics, do not define Kinbaku as a discipline, they are merely preferences that can be seen when observing the Kinbaku communities. As with all generalisations, individuals should not be judged against such criteria.

Kinbaku shares a number of similarities with Shibari, both disciplines – when practiced at higher levels – tend to structure ties in a manner where the ropes themselves become pleasurable for the person being bound.

The reason the discipline of Kinbaku seems to possess a preference to avoid knots could be related back to the origins of Hojojutsu, where it was considered shameful for people of a higher status to be bound. In these instances the rope was applied in a manner where no knots were used.

Terminology – Kinbaku Vs Shibari

At Jade Rope we do not argue that one term is more correct than the other. We do not assert that Kinbaku is a different activity to Shibari, nor do we believe that they are the same.  We do, however, avoid using the terms indiscriminately; it is our position that it is the intention behind the activity of binding another with rope which discerns the appropriate term.

We feel that if a tie, or technique is used by a person in a martial arts context, this intention makes the act Hojojutsu. Similarly, we believe if that same tie is used in an artistic pose, where emphasis and – most importantly – the intent of the person tying is aesthetically driven… the act is Shibari, whilst should the same tie used to create a sexually driven scene… then Kinbaku can be applied most appropriately.

There are numerous translations and even more interpretations of meaning surrounding the terms kinbaku and shibari. All of these interpretations are seeking to accurately define concepts which in reality cannot be removed from Japan.   Once removed from the Japanese culture, the context in which the western world uses these terms are significantly different… and to date the meaning varies almost between each person.

At Jade Rope we see kinbaku and shibari existing in a state of duality, a state which has emerged naturally within the bdsm communities and we have decided to champion these dual viewpoints by recognising both Kinbaku and Shibari by the underlying intentions of the person who is practicing the rope based art forms

Source: http://www.jaderope.com/kinbaku-bondage/

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