The Shibari Adelaide team are dedicated to providing excellence in the education of Japanese rope art. With extensive experience in shibari we place a heavy focus on safety, functionality and enjoyment.
Sparks began tying early 2015 with Emerald where he soon found a passion for rope. Learning quickly both locally and travelling interstate at every chance to further knowledge. Sparks began an educational role in 2016 and not long there after they began teaching and performing interstate. Rope has since carried through to travelling to Japan to further continue his education. It was this trip where Sparks was accepted into the position of deshi to Nawashi Kanna Sensei and recieved his teaching certificate in the style of KannaRyu.
His early trouble shooting and un-canny memory enables him to modify and skillfully adapt ties to each model. The deep intimacy and connections conveyed through rope, along with a sadistic flavour, is what Sparks enjoys most about shibari.
'Rope is a tool used to play with your partner'
Emerald is passionate about all aspects of shibari. After finding her love in 2015 when she entered the scene with husband Sparks, the connection between them and shibari became a crucial part of their lives together. Emerald has been a model since 2015 and since 2018 has started rigging and learning the other side of shibari as well.
Emerald has attended an extensive range of workshops and classes as both model and rigger from interstate and international presenters. She has also travelled interstate to perform and educate with Sparks on numerous occasions.
With this love of shibari has recently travelled to Japan in early 2020 with her husband Sparks to continue their education. Emerald is passionate about educating and showing people the amazing powers shibari can have.
In 2014 Dragon rediscovered rope bondage, 15 years earlier he had been teaching western style rope, but after observing a performance the penny dropped. Rope wasn't just a means to an end, rope was an experience in itself. After that epitome there was a realisation that in order to be a good rigger there was a lot of learning needed. Dragon has attended workshops with some of the worlds best, settling into a style that satisfies his engineering mind.
Dragons style swaps easily between semenawa (torture rope), suspension and fun rope.
Dragon has been an educator since becoming an instructor for the royal life savers as a teenager and has been teaching ever since, later a stint professionally as an adult educator teaching mechanical engineering.
'Rope for me is about connection with another person on a level that we both enjoy. that moment rope is placed on skin and the model reacts is intoxicating'
Princess first started tying in a western style with her husband Dragon. Years later in 2011 she was introduced to the Japanese style known as Shibari through being asked to model at a workshop for a friend. it was this introduction that lead princess to fall in love with the Japanese way of using rope as a form of play and art.
Through many years of modeling and countless hours of workshops and private lessons with the top riggers in the world, Princess has developed a huge understanding and perspective from the side of those being tied.
She thrives in rope and feels rope is for everyone, its only a matter of working togedther and finding what works for you!
Tying together since 2020 Grimm & Steph have recently joined the team and are both very excited to share their love and passion for shibari and the different ways it can bring people together.
Grim has a playful approach to her tying style, with torture mixed in for added spice. She assists those on their learning journeys in SA weekly classes and enjoys celebrating wins and watching people grow in their skills.
Steph helps with the fresh new faces that come into the studio, with her encouraging and sassy nature, she has a warming way of reassuring people that it can be hard in the beginning, not everyone's rope journey is the same and there will be a technique that works for them.