Beginner Classes: Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We require all participants to have been completely vaccination, which we define as have had either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You must have had the vaccine for at least two weeks before the class. We require proof of vaccination either in the form of your vaccine card or a photo of it. We also accept the new CA QR code as verification (https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/)
We recommend you come to class with a partner to tie or be tied by. The majority of the class is hands-on instruction, so you will get the most out of the experience by attending with a partner. We do not provide or recommend rope partners.
Class begins with an historical overview of the history and background of Japanese rope bondage. We discuss various kinds of rope, basic safety information, and the basic philosophy of the dojo. The remainder of the class is focused on basic instruction of fundamental ties and some additional time at the end for exploration and practice.
If you are being tied, we recommend the kind of clothes you might wear to the gym or for yoga. Please avoid watches, fitbits or bracelets that might interfere with the hands of the wrists. If you have long hair it may be helpful to bring something to allow you to tie it back to keep out of the way.
Participants are free to dress or undress in any way they see fit. Generally speaking, participants usually remain fully clothed.
Yes. All of the ties we teach are for everyone. We have an open door policy for anyone who wants to learn rope, regardless of gender, sex, orientation, or identity.
The dojo space is on the second floor of a building and does not have access other than stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. We are unable to provide interpreters for the hearing impaired, but are open to having interpreters attend free of charge.