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Predicaments and supporture - Kanna and Kagura

A half-day workshop with Kanna and Kagura about predicaments (putting someone in a difficult position with ropes) and “supporture” = support + torture (game of creating comfort and playing with Semenawa / tormenting the model).

Predicaments and supporture - Kanna and Kagura
Predicaments and supporture - Kanna and Kagura

Horario y ubicación

Sep 10, 2021, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM GMT+2

Space Us, Passatge de Sant Benet, 6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Sobre del evento

About Kanna & Kagura

縄 師 神 凪 Nawashi Kanna (Gender X / Non-binary) and 神 楽 Kagura are a Japanese Queer couple who have been together for 14 years. They have traveled around the world to teach and perform Kinbaku, as Kanna inherited the style of 明智 伝 鬼 Akechi Denki and developed from there. Kanna's style is considered to be semenawa inspired by Hojojutsu 捕 縄 術, it is very restrictive and includes full body control that often plays with breath control. "We believe that strings have no gender or boundaries, that strings should be for everyone and can be fun for both riggers and models."

Event details:

For Nawashi Kanna, aesthetics and patterns are what comes after connecting deeply with her partner and bringing them beautiful consensual torment, rich suffering, and sweet relief. In the Shibari school of Kanna / Kanna-ryu, every rope, every placement, every tension and action must have an intention that the person tying is controlling.

This half-day workshop (4 hours approx) you will learn under the guidance of Kanna and Kagura how to play and interact with your partner with their approach of Seme / Semenawa ("torture" with the ropes) and support, that's why we use the Anglicist word game "supporture" = support + torture, where you can express tenderness, affection and care by making the model feel as comfortable as possible until you reach the point of the "storm" with the ropes and games. A different approach, Refreshing and unique to the dynamics of Kanna and Kagura.

Then they will also talk and share games related to the predicament, where the model is put in posture situations and with the strings very difficult to decide what is the best, or the best of the worst, or whatever you prefer to call it. Kanna has an infinite range of ideas to play with predicaments and "supporture" and this short class is to get an idea of them as well as learn to play with good technique, what safety things you have to take into account, tricks to adapt to your model, all taking into account where to put the strings, tensions, directions, weight distribution, gravity, body structure and limitations.

An important thing to keep in mind is that everything taught and shared will be done as a point of reference and each student who serves as riggers and models will be guided by Kanna and Kagura to adapt as best as possible to each body, limitations, preferences and needs. Creating an environment and moment of security, clear intentions and connection between couples.

In his own words:

“Whether it is the first time that we are going to meet, or if we have already met before in person or only online, no matter what level you are at, we really want to be able to enjoy the ropes in the same space! with you!

We have always had the hope of being committed to providing safe, respectful, equitable and enjoyable learning environments for queer or gender diverse students, while supporting your development and interaction with your partner. We are so excited to share them with you!

If you have taken a workshop in the past or an online class, you have learned the basics and are probably familiar with Kanna-ryu. It is possible that some of the content overlaps, but this series would be instructive to improve your skills or polish your knowledge. The face-to-face classes we offer are a preparation for skills development [* not a preparation workshop for professional educators *], with direct instruction, verification, correction and suggestions to each couple.

Our educational plan for students focuses on long-term focus and learning (the long-term benefits to more sustainable ropes practice), along with exploring a variety of approaches and diverse methods or possibilities, while prioritizing development of skills, creativity, knowledge and experience step by step, rather than constantly encouraging the practice of new tie patterns.

Class content and instruction will be tailored on a case-by-case basis, based on class level, student progress and speed, reflecting student interests and demands and / or partner fatigue, as well as whatever necessary and beneficial to students. We will try to have a flexible rhythm according to the general level of the class: practice of skills and technique, repetition and game between pairs.

Don't compare yourself to other students. There are no rankings, no competition between students or different Shibari schools and / or workshops. Shibari is suitable for all people of different ages, bodies, genders and abilities. Differences that vary from person to person could be valued as individual characteristics and from there develop creativity with your own needs. Our Shibari practice is interpersonal communication even in group learning. Focus on yourself, your partner, your interests and your goals! "

Kanna and Kagura.

Dates and times:

September 10, 2021, 17:00 to 21:00

There will be short breaks. It is possible to book this single or packaged class with the intensive weekend.

Pre requirements:

A good understanding of single and double column ties, knowing how to tie a Takate Kote suitable for suspensions very well, understanding and knowing how to use all the common frictions used in Shibari. 

As a model it is important to know and understand your tied body well, how to identify the common risks attributed to circulation blockage and nerve compression.

For couples who attend this workshop, it is important that you have experience tying together / s and that you are very clear about your risk profiles and how you agree to tie together / s, that you agree among yourselves about your limits and for this type of game that It will happen in class, have a very good and consistent negotiation practice between the two, a taste for these types of games and feel comfortable that there are other people in the room who can look at each other and admire each other's scenes in these situations.

What Brig:

A minimum set of 8-10 ropes, safety equipment, oval shaped carabiners if you want to tie like Kanna or otherwise. If you don't have hoop, strings or enough, you can buy from us  In Learn Shibar io Espacio Nos. Food and snacks for the day of class, comfortable clothes (something you would use for activities with movement).


The value of the ticket corresponds to two people in pairs participating without the possibility of exchanging roles during the class. This event is geared toward the audience of LGBTQI + couples and women / femininity.

In the event that there are more than enough places for this workshop, the people who are allies of the Espacio Nos project, the LGBTQI + collective and the struggles of socio-economically marginalized groups, who respect diverse gender identities and sexualities, as well as respect the the regulations of the space and its work focused on the LGBTQI + collective and women / feminities, their applications for places will be on a waiting list. We do not ask you to be a perfect person, but rather that you strive to improve and show your support.

It is very important that everyone completely fill out the form to request the place, as well as provide us with all possible information to get to know you better and your work with the ropes / as a model and evaluate if we believe that you meet the requirements established to attend this workshop.


Tickets for LGBTQIA + couples and women / femininity have a reduced value for both days, the value is for couples.

Regular price tickets for allies are € 300 for both days, value for couples.

We also offer a package that includes this class and the entire weekend intensive for a reduced price. If you are interested, check it in the form to fill out.


Kanna and Kagura will teach the class in Japanese, we will have a person translating from Japanese to Spanish and if we have a mostly English-speaking audience, the translation will be done to English and secondarily to Spanish in this case.


By filling in the form for this event, you are requesting a place to attend it. If you receive a positive confirmation, you will be explained how the process to finalize your reservation works, which includes the full payment of your place within a limited period of time. The places are not "saved" without the payment requested and requested by means other than the form. The first people accepted who make the reservation payment will be the first to obtain their places until the full capacity of the workshop is filled.

* If we accept your reservation as LGTBQI + couples, woman / feminine and we discover that you have lied, even if the reservation payment for the place has been made, we will not make refunds for violating a vital condition of this event and regulations of the space. *

To attend this workshop, you must have a vaccination certificate and / or a pcr less than 24 hours old. And we will follow the restrictions for health reasons that are established during the date of the event, so the conditions could change.If for any reason you do not have or cannot offer us one of these tests, please write to us and we can look at your case and see if we can find a common solution.

Important :

Video recordings are not allowed during class. Photos are only allowed of your own work, as long as there are no other participants in the background or Kanna's work for reference. You do not have permission to share these photos with other people and online, not in the case of notes either. After attending the workshops, you do not have permission or special privileges to teach part or all of the content of the class as an educator or any variant of this position.

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