Barkas & Addie

Barkas and Addie are Vancouver-based bondage educators who teach and perform world wide. They met in early 2015 in Vancouver and fell madly in love. Barkas promptly packed his bags and crossed the Atlantic, and they have been working together ever since. Their style is characterized by a focus on the process, interaction, and emotion of a rope scene, rather than on achieving a particular end result. Together they run TheSpace2, Vancouver’s first dedicated rope space and home of the Osada Ryu Dojo Vancouver.

Barkas is a bondage educator, performance artist, writer, and event organizer. He became an Osada Ryu instructor in 2011, and is one of 3 licensed Osada Ryu instructors worldwide. In 2011 he opened the Osada Ryu Dojo Vienna. In 2015 he was given the name “Harutsuyu” by Yukimura Haruki Sensei. This honour allows him to teach Yukimura Ryu as well. He is also influenced by his friendship with Nawashi Kanna Sensei and Kagura San, which started when he co-organized their first tour outside of Japan in 2013. As a product of this high level education he cultivated his own, very specific style called “Ranboo” which is a highly dynamic and stormy way of doing and thinking Kinbaku. He also developed the “Interview Metaphor” as a way of understanding rope bondage, and placing focus on the person in ropes. His goal is to fill the techniques with life and personality, and to implement philosophical, sociological, mathematical, and historical ideas in rope bondage. He has recently published a book on his linguistic approach to Kinbaku. Barkas has also worked with artists and arts institutions, such as the Zafraan ensemble, the Viennese Tanzquartier, photographer Tom Hofmann, opera singer August Schramm, and many others.

Addie has been a regular in the Vancouver bondage community for a number of years. She stumbled into rope somewhat by accident and quickly became enamored with the range and creativity afforded by such an adaptable medium. Her exploration and development took an unexpected turn when Barkas landed on her doorstep, and she is now pleased to call herself his student as well as his partner. These days she wears many hats – bottom, rigger, self-suspender, educator, performer, advocate, and amateur in the old sense of the word. As well as helping to run TheSpace2, she is a co-organizer of the Vancouver chapter of Hitchin’ Bitches, and runs regular workshops on dynamic self-suspension and versatile beginner education. When working with Barkas she focuses on supplementing his teachings with bottoming information and education. She is a healthcare professional and a blues dancer, and brings elements of both to her understanding of Kinbaku.

Together, Barkas and Addie have taught and performed all over the world; the last year has taken them to Paris, Vienna, Prague, Oslo , Glasgow, Copenhagen, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Adelaide, Kannawa Kai in Tokyo, Helsinki Shibari Festival, West Coast Bound in Vancouver, FIRE in Orlando, Bound in Boston, and many other events and occasions.

Barkas & Addie’s Classes

Differential Geometry for Rope Bondage

For people with a strong interest in mathematical, physical and engineering contexts of Rope Bondage. Reflecting on these contexts can help in understanding the structure of certain patterns. It also can help to increase the ability to handle the rope on a body.

Class Content

  • Curved and flat spaces. A very short introduction into differential geometry.
  • Angles on curved spaces. Where to put the fingers when.
  • Knots and topological equivalence. Different “hitches” and their use
  • Forces and their direction. Frictions and suspension lines.
  • Tips and tricks for rope bottoming by Addie

Hands-On Practice
Rigger/Bottom Couples. Others are welcome to observe.
Beginner to Intermediate. Riggers must know how to reliably tie a single-column tie.
Rope, ideally natural fibre.

Ranboo

In 2011, Barkas started to develop his personal way of doing ropes, which was very stormy and overwhelming. His Sensei Osada Steve called it ranboo and since then, this way of doing ropes became one of the well-known styles in the world of kinbaku. Within this class, the participants get a first insight into ranboo. Some key terms of ranboo, such as proper distance and proper intensity at the proper moment are the framework to tie in this way.

Class Content

  • Key terms of Ranboo
  • How to start a scene
  • Madame Butterfly
  • Hojo Jutsu (some techniques to catch your partner)
  • Application of the principles of Ranboo
  • Tips and tricks for rope bottoming by Addie

Hands-On Practice
Rigger/Bottom Couples. Others are welcome to observe.
Beginner to Intermediate. Riggers must know how to reliably tie a single-column tie.
Rope, ideally natural fibre.

Yukimura Ryu Newaza

Newaza, literally translated means “non-standing techniques”. Rope Bondage restricted to the floor, i.e. on a mattress or else, can be a very special way of experiencing ropes. The grand master Yukimura Haruki Sensei elaborated this style over the last 4 decades and established a system that enables students to learn his very unique style. Various techniques and a special handling of the human body are needed to increase the pleasure of tying on the floor. In this class, the participants learn how to use leverages and how to position their partner in certain ways with the use of ropes.

Class Content

  • Positions on the floor and their stability/instability
  • Gote Shibari (a type of body harnesses)
  • Presentation of the partner and shame
  • Leverages
  • Kata Ashi zuri (one leg partial suspension)
  • Tips and tricks for rope bottoming by Addie

Hands-On Practice
Rigger/Bottom Couples. Others are welcome to observe.
Beginner to Intermediate. Riggers must know how to reliably tie a single-column tie.
3 lengths of rope, each 8m (25-30′) in length.