“Beyond Levels” : tackling the issue of mixed levels in workshops and the self-assessment subjectivity problem

In order to tackle the issue of mixed levels in workshops we decided soon after opening Anatomie Studio to work with pre-requisites rather than levels (i.e. intermediate, advanced, etc) for workshops happening in the space.

So far we are extremely pleased with this method and have experienced more homogeneous cohorts in our workshops.

We’ve been asked by several people to publish examples of the pre-requisites we use and how we phrase them, so that’s what this writing is.

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What does this mean?

This means that belong ‘beginners’ we don’t use terms like ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ as there is a large degree if subjectivity in how people self-asses their rope skills (whether rigging or bottoming).

Instead we list the knowledge (theoretical or practical) that attendees should gave before attending the workshop, much like we list the items (ropes, gear, clothing) that attendees should bring to the workshop.

Pre-requisites are listed for rope bottoms and riggers.

I should mention that the pre-requisites are not enforced – meaning that we don’t actually go around checking if people are being honest about meeting the pre-requisites – we assume people are informed adults that will take on the responsibility of meeting them before the class.

We use the Takate Kote (here on after referred to as ‘TK’) as a standard measure of skill for both rope bottoms and rigger regardless of whether workshops are Takate Kote based.

Are there disadvantages?

Because pre-requisites are not enforced there is always a risk that some people will not have met the pre-requisites for the workshop.

Anatomie Studio Pre-requisites for Workshops and Classes

These are the pre-requisite combinations that we currently use in the studio.

1 – No pre-requisites for riggers or models
 [for example: for our Discover Shibari classes]

2 – Riggers: must know a non-collapsible single column tie / Bottoms: must know the difference between nerve and circulation impingement, and must be able to give appropriate feedback [for example: for our Takate Kote class]

3 – Riggers: must know to tie a structural TK2 taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above plus should be comfortable being tied in a TK [for example: for our Third Rope class]

4 – Riggers: must know a structured TK3 and how to attach mainlines taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above plus should be comfortable being suspended from a TK [for example: for our Fly! Intro to Suspension class]

5 – Riggers: must be comfortable suspending from a structured TK2 or TK3 and comfortable with suspension line management taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above [for example: for our Fly More! Intro to Transitions class]

6 – Riggers: must be comfortable/proficient with suspension transitions from a TK2 or TK3 taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: must be experienced with suspension transitions (including being self-aware and have good body management skills), must also be able to give appropriate feedback [for example: for Pedro’s ‘Bamboo and Shibari’ workshop]

Community Class Nº 1: Reserve your place!

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At Anatomie Studio we strive to bring you the best shibari classes with the very best shibari teachers we know, and although the workshops can be pricey, we think they’re well worth the investment, especially considering rope can be a high risk activity!

However, not everyone is able to afford our classes, and being committed to the dissemination of rope education as we are in the studio, we wanted to offer everyone the possibility to learn within their budgets in the new year.

For this reason, in 2017 we are introducing semi-regular ‘Pay-What-You-Can’ community shibari classes by our in-house teachers. The classes will follow an informal structure, providing a mix of tutoring and peer lab time.

Who can attend? These classes are primarily aimed at: students, those working minimum wage jobs, those who are unemployed or between jobs, those on low income wages, and those who are otherwise unable to afford our regular classes, workshops and courses.

Our first community class is happening this coming Wednesday February 8th 7:30-10:30pm and will be led by MnR and JessicaWabbitt.

More information over here.

To participate reserve your spot here (for free) and pay on the day in cash at the end of the class. We suggest a minimum donation of £10 per person, please give what feels right within your budget.

// Elements // Water // Photo Collaboration

// Elements // is a playful collaborative photoshoot with Theo, Fred Hatt and Anna Bones where we play on the theme of the four elements: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.

We leave you here with our last set of images on the theme of Water, where Theo plunges into a calm liquid abyss…

For our ‘Air’ images, see here.
For our ‘Fire’ images, see here.
For our ‘Earth’ images, see here.

// Elements // Water //
Model: Theo
Ropes: Fred Hatt
Photography: Anna Bones

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// Elements // Earth // Photo Collaboration

// Elements // is a playful collaborative photoshoot with Theo, Fred Hatt and Anna Bones where we play on the theme of the four elements: Earth, Fire, Water and Air.

We leave you here with our images for Earth, where Theo is seen awakening from mother-earth’s ashy clay…

For our ‘Air’ images, see here.
For our ‘Fire’ images, see here.

// Elements // Earth //
Model: Theo
Ropes: Fred Hatt
Photography: Anna Bones

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The Soap Box – Last one of the year!

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Our last Soap Box night of the year is taking place Friday December 2nd and we’ll be presenting 3 spectacular acts by Anatomie regulars and special guests!

PEDRO & GESTALTA // AYUMI LANOIRE // SAUVAGE_X & NOCTUELLE

For those of you that missed our previous events, see here for photos and videos.

The last event was sold out and we were unable to offer tickets on the door, so we recommend booking here to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Event listing HERE | Ticket link HERE | More info HERE

Ropey Halloween at Anatomie Studio!

Join us this Friday for a playful evening of ropes with Miss Eris and Maya Homerton a all the way from Spain!

Kinbaku After Dark is our monthly rope play evening (meaning there is no teaching of any kind and the evening is dedicated for playfulness with ropes rather than rope practice).

This month we have the pleasure to host two wonderful ladies who will be putting on two short Halloween themed rope shows to kick start the night! First Miss Eris will be performing with the luscious Maya Homerton, and then Miss Eris will be tying one our (fairly tall and muscular male) regulars at the studio! How does a 5’2 rigger suspend a 6’2 man in the air? Come find out!

Get your tickets here

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Miss Eris and Maya Homerton are also teaching a very fabulous workshop on Saturday (1-7pm) called The Suspended Body where they will be teaching techniques for efficient and intelligent suspensions and suspension transitions. There will be lots of information on body management for both riggers and bottoms in order to achieve comfortable and smooth suspensions.

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Event listing here.
Ticket link here.