Discover Kinbaku – Elements of Semenawa

On February 22nd & 23rd you will have the incredible chance to study with Alexander NawaRonin and Natasha NawaTaneko from Discover Kinbaku!


Two days of workshop, 12 hours of deep immersion in their way to approach, study and do semenawa.

A limited number

The workshop will be open to a limited number of couple – only four. This will lead to a more robust didactics, students will be followed in a more direct way and – differently from a private tuition – it will allow those group dynamics that strongly improve the learning experience.

The workshop will be English thought.

What is Elements of semenawa.

In this intensive weekend, Discover Kinbaku will give an insight into their interpretation of semenawa, which is about creating intimate and intense rope sessions in which physical and mental challenges are meant to influence the emotional state of the person in ropes.
Alexander and Natasha will introduce their elements system to guide the participants from the application of basic principles to free creation and play. We will introduce more complex figures in semi- and full suspension, giving them an interesting twist. We will work with strappado as an alternative to shape the upper body and also focus on the use of waist rope in suspension. Rope Bottoms will learn somatic skills to master more challenging positions in a healthy and enjoyable way.
Throughout, they aim to deepen the understanding of semenawa and learn strategies how to create intimate and emotionally rewarding scenes. This may lead to visual presentations that are aesthetically reminiscent of calligraphy or ikebana.

This is a practical workshop, you will tie a lot.

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Who the Workshop is for.

This workshop is for couples who already have some experience in Japanese-inspired bondage and want to engage more intensively with semenawa. Through various exercises you will repeatedly practice some basic principles and gain confidence in your abilities as well as self-confidence in applying semenawa during your private play.

To attend this intensive weekends, the tying person needs to already have a solid Gote in Kinbaku LuXuria’s style, designed for torsional load.

Both the person tying and the person being tied need some previous experience with suspensions, and a willingness to get involved in the philosophy of semenawa.

It’s strongly recommended for students of a pre-intermediate / intermediate level.

Kinkyphilia reserves the right to admit people to the workshop, in order not to create a too much heterogeneous group that will slow down the class.

Where the workshop is held.

The workshop will be held in Milan. The place will be easily reachable also by public transportation: it’s 15 minutes on foot from underground station.

For the lunch break, Kinkyphilia will offer a finger-food style buffet, with also pasta, rice, bread and other tasteful foods.

There is anyway a supermarket in 5′ on foot and there is also a pizzeria and a bakery in 3′ on foot.

The workshop will start at 10.00 a.m. and will end at 17.00 p.m, including 1 hour of lunch break.


The philosophy and techniques of Discover Kinbaku’s semenawa are based on the art of Akira Naka Sensei’s and the Kinbaku LuXuria system of their teacher Riccardo Wildties.

Riccardo made Japanese bondage suitable for Westerns through careful engineering of patterns and technique. Meanwhile, he brought Naka-san’s kinbaku in Europe, understanding the most important and deep sides. As an educator, he is able to share all his knowledge to people with energy and passion.

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Learning goals…

… for the rigger:

  • understanding the basic principles of semenawa and getting fluent with more complex patterns and suspensions
  • understanding important non-technical aspects, such as Ma-ai, timing, and communication through rope
  • becoming more creative with your own adaptions of the standard ties

… for the bottom:

  • developing the sense of your Center as a base-camp for your exploration in ropes gaining safety in suspensions by learning to give in to the force of gravity
  • developing a feeling of your emotional and physical limits and positively communicating them

Overview of contents

* Safety and consent * Intention: Creating a session * Ma-ai: The play with distance and proximity, rhythm and pause * Communication through the rope: Leading and following * Upper body harness: Kinbaku LuXuria Gote, with third rope variations and Strappado * Giri-giri position * Creative use of the Waist Rope for suspension * Effective methods to control the partner * The role of the technique: Speed and safety

Frequently asked questions:

I am a total beginner in the rope. Is this workshop suitable for me?

This workshop is not suitable for total beginners. Note the prerequisites listed above.

Is switching allowed?

For this workshop switching will not be possible.

My body is not as flexible as the models on the internet, can I still attend the workshop?

Yes. Semenawa is the play on the border of the individual possibilities of the person in the ropes, not the execution of fixed techniques. It is important for the tied person to be willing to surrender in the rope for the limited time and for the rigger to deal responsibly with this gift. We will practice the necessary techniques and principles for this during the workshop.

How to book a place

For more info or to book a place please contact Kurogami or Shiawase on the following social networks:

Also, it’s possible to write us directly from the following module:


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