We really encourage folk to join our jams and classes in order to learn rope (read here for more info). However sometimes schedules don’t always align, and sometimes people prefer to have focused one-on-one teaching to work on particular topics or hone in on a particular skill. So for this reason studio owners Fred and Anna also offer private shibari tuition in the studio. For rates and dates, contact us.
If we are not able to accommodate your requests or align schedules, we can recommend other teachers who may be able to.
About Fred and Anna
Fred Hatt and Anna Bones are academics, researchers and teachers by training so their approach and love for rope is very much driven by an intellectual curiosity to understand how rope works at its many levels: be in the technical aspects of how the rope (the material) is actually made, to understanding how to the creative process works and the ‘maths’ behind the mechanics of the body in rope. Overall, they lean towards a rather technical style of rope, with Fred Hatt‘s trademark subtle geeky sadism complimenting Anna Bones playful bendiness.
They have been tying together since 2013 and regularly teach and perform both inside and outside the UK (BED, Shibaricamp, EURIX, BOUND, The Soap Box, TWISTED). They have also been organising rope events in London since 2014, first through ‘Pop-up Rope Events’ and more recently (since June 2015) through Anatomie Studio – the UK’s only full-time shibari studio.
As a couple Anna Bones and FredHatt regularly attend as many rope-workshops and conferences as possible. This enables them to stay in touch with the international community, while keeping up with all the latest developments. They have been fortunate enough to learn from many wonderful people, including: Kazami Ranki, Hajime Kinoko, Akira Naka, Miumi-U, Barkas, Kasumi Hourai, Ren Yagami, Wykd Dave and Pedro Cordas.
What we teach
Anna Bones teaches rope for complete beginners. Her teaching style is very hands-on and you will be tying within the very start of the lesson. Things she teaches include:
– Getting to know your tools: the ropes
– Rope handling and flow
– Safety and anatomy
– Basic history of shibari
– Basic body manipulation techniques
– How to build shapes (with the body) and patterns (with the ropes)
– Freestyling in rope (using only one rope)
– Classic shibari ties (basic box tie or Takate Kote, leg binders, arm binders for floor work)
Anna Bones also teaches basic self-suspension. This includes:
– Safety and risk awareness
– Tying a point, choosing a height, and prepping your space
– Self-tying self-suspension harnesses (hip harnesses and chest harnesses)
– Mainline and suspension line attachments
– Mainline and suspension line lock-offs
– Suspension line management
– Basic body management in the air
– Basic transitions
Fred Hatt teaches more advanced rope technique, ties, patterns, harnesses as well as suspension and suspension transition techniques. His teaching style is very hands on and also very technical (but definitely not dry!), it focuses a lot on the reasoning behind the why and the how and developing muscle memory and dexterity.
Example of classes that Fred teaches or has taught include:
– The two rope Takate Kote
– The three rope Takate Kote
– Introduction to suspension
– Suspension transitions (intro to and advanced transitions)
– ‘Shapes’: creating body positions, locking the body and creating predicaments using specific set ties (chest, arm and leg ties)