Osada-ryu takatekote (高手小手) with one-leg-up suspension

An in-depth tutorial showing the Osada-ryu 2-TK (2-rope takatekote) with the latest modifications for safety and versatility

Osada-ryu takatekote (高手小手)

The takatekote, often abbreviated to TK, is the core tie of shibari. It is probably the first more sophisticated tie everyone learns and is taught at every rope class, beyond the most basic. Osada Steve was largely responsible for popularising the Akechi-derived TK in the west as his was the first to be taught widely. This tutorial will show you the very latest version in its evolution.

Evolution of the tie: An enhanced version

Since Akechi Denki devised this tie, it has been tweaked by many prominent nawashi, originally by Kanna and, more recently Steve, Kinoko and others. In the interests of safety, it continues to evolve and this tutorial updates the earlier versions of the two-rope version to incorporate the latest modifications.

Looking right isn't enough

As I have often observed, this tie "not only needs to look like a plane, it needs to fly like one". Steve puts it more plainly "There is a science to constructing a safe and sound gote/takatekote. If you do NOT know the science, you are likely to injure someone.". Unfortunately, instruction can often be lacking in depth or it has been learned from a free online video of dubious provenance. The result can all too often be something that looks like a TK but lacks the right engineering or positioning to be safe. These factors are important, but become vital when a load is applied, such as in any form of suspension, to minimise teh risk of nerve injury.

It ain't what you do...

As the song goes. "It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it", and this is something I can't say enough when it comes to kinbaku. In this tutorial, Steve reveals insights such as how to gauge the tightness of the TK on any given day, ways to exert more dominance or be more connective.

Partial suspension

As this tie is often the basis for a suspension, a demonstration of a partial suspension is included. It not only provides some important tips relating to this and suspension in general, explains how to correctly connect your suspension rope and gives another close-up look at tying the TK in normal, rather than tutorial, style.

Hands in front TK

You will also learn the reversed version with hands in front, which not only eases practice and play by making long sessions less taxing but also makes the tie accessible to those with limited flexibility. Of course, it also opens up a range of new suspension possibilities.

Your Instructor

Osada Steve
Osada Steve

Shibari is 90% emotional.

The other half is technical.

Coming to Japan : 1980 –

After living one year each in India, Thailand, and Hong Kong, and extensively traveling through Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Korea, Taiwan, China, and Vietnam, settled down in Japan for intensive study of martial arts (mainly Shotokan karate and Aikido).

Entering Japanese Subculture : 1990 –

After paying his dues as fashion photographer Osada Steve picked up fetish photography in the 1990s, documenting much of Tokyo’s SM scene.

Apprenticeship : 1998 – 2001

He first met his mentor Osada Eikichi in 1998 during a photoshoot, and soon found himself helping out during stage performances, studying his mentor's style of kinbaku until his retirement in 2001, after which he continued his teacher’s shows under the stage name Osada Steve.

Career Highlights

Weekly: On stage with Osada Eikichi at Roppongi Mistress Bar


April: Opened Studio SIX to house Osada Seminar


Sep: Osada Steve Shibari art published in Wired mag

Nov: Special Osada Eikichi Memorial performance at Roppongi Jail


June: Osada Steve Shibari art published in Vogue

July: Special Osada Eikichi Memorial performance at Omiya Gekijo

Aug to date: Changed the concept of Studio SIX (approx. 100 performances per year) to also include dojo facilities for intensive Kinbaku studies

Sep: Special Osada Eikichi Memorial performance at Roppongi Mistress Bar

Oct: Special Halloween performance organized by Ginza Black Heart

Nov: Joint performance with Kazami Ranki at Loft Plus One


March to Nov 2005: Weekly guest performer at Jail Tokyo

June: East Meets West vol. 1, joint performances with Drachenmann from Germany at Jail Tokyo and Loft Plus One

Aug: Shows at Omiya Gekijo

Sep: Started career as nawashi for Japanese video production companies

Nov: Special performance at Sadistic Circus

Dec: Established Osada Studios and started producing for Japanese and overseas video companies


Jan: Performances and workshops in Berlin, Germany

Feb: Performances and workshops in Hong Kong

March: Joint performance with Nawashi Monko at Loft Plus One

April: 80 shows in 20 days at Kujo OS, Osaka

May: East Meets West vol. 2, joint performances with Drachenmann from Germany at Jail Tokyo

June: Shows at Wakamatsu Gekijo, Funabashi

July/Aug: 8-week European Kinbaku Tour. Performances and workshops in Berlin, Hamburg, Paris.

Starred in several SM movies and shot a major Shibari documentary.

September: Shibari shoot for Playboy TV

November: Started monthly gigs at Ranbukan, Randa Mai’s place in Nogizaka

Dec: 80 shows in 20 days at Kujo OS, Osaka


Jan: Joint performance with Amrita at Loft Plus One

Feb: Shows at Wakamatsu Gekijo, Funabashi

March: Shows at Kabukicho DX

April: Performance at Nightmare

May: Performance at Bonobo Bar

June: Kinbaku shoot for Sundance Film Festival

July : 45 performances in Okinawa and Kyushu

Aug: 40 performances at Kujo OS, Osaka

Sep: Performances at Kabukicho DX

Oct: 40 performances in Sapporo

Nov: Performance at Nanohana, Kabukicho

Dec: Performance at The Gate, Yokohama


Jan: Special performance at TKS The Gate, Tokyo Kink Society

Feb: Started monthly gigs at Sasquatch

March: Video shoots for hogtied.com and waterbondage.com

April: Filming for KMC in Fukuoka

May: 40 performances at Kujo OS, Osaka

July: xplore06 in Berlin

Aug: Second European Kinbaku Tour with workshops, demos, performances, and video shoots

Sep: Shows at Kabukicho DX

Oct: 56-Camera 3D/CG film project plus gala show

Nov: 40 performances at Kujo OS, Osaka

Dec: Attackers video with Naka Akira, Randa Mai, Chiba Eizoh, Mira Kurumi, Kato Taka and others.


Jan: Started training under Yukimura Haruki to study newaza and shuchinawa techniques

Feb: Japan producer for Hito Steyerl’s “Lovely Andrea” film for Documenta Kassel

March: First Annual Shibari Clinic for intensive students from North America

April: Performed at SM Taikai at Kabukicho DX

May: Four weeks of workshops, special gala performances, and video shoots in Berlin

June: Established Osada-ryu and inaugurated Osada-ryu Honbu Dojo in Tokyo

July: 40 shows at Kujo OS, Osaka. Special performance at Sadistic Circus, Tokyo

Aug: Established worldwide dealer network for original Osada Shibari & Kinbaku Rope

Sep: Developed a special 10-month Shibari training program for staff at SM bar Mode et Baroque

Oct: Special performance at Kitty Fire (aka Department H) in Tokyo

Nov: Produced a 4-DVD SM series for Kansai Media

Dec: Special performance at Sleeping Beauty, Tokyo


Jan: First Osada-ryu certificates given to licensed instructors

Feb: Special Valentine performance at Tokyo Decadance

March: Performed at SM Taikai at Kabukicho DX

April: 40 shows at Kujo OS, Osaka

May: Workshops, instructor training, and official opening of Osada-ryu Dojo Berlin

June: Special SM Taikai performances at Hamageki, Yokohama

July: Received special recognition and Bakushi name “Harumine” from Yukimura Haruki

Aug: Shooting Shibari documentary for German TV

Sep: Performed at SM Taikai at Kabukicho DX

Oct: Record-breaking sales position the original Osada Rope as the gold standard used by professionals worldwide

Nov: 20 shows at Kokura AQ, Kyushu

Dec: 40 shows at Kujo OS, Osaka


Jan: Three-week Shibari Intensive with Maestro Kurt of Club Rosas, Barcelona

Feb: Special Valentine performance at Tokyo Decadance

March: Obtained the domain kinbaku.com at auction

April: Shows at Kujo OS, Osaka

May: Started weekly Studio SIX Light performances to complement regular Kinbaku Live nights

June: Full month of photo shoots (Photo Club), “satsuekai”

July: Embarking on major hojojutsu, hobakujutsu, torinawajutsu mission

Aug: Departing for yearly European Workshop Tour, first stop Copenhagen

Sep: Workshops at Osada Kinbaku Dojo Berlin, major performance at Avalon, workshops in London (Esinem World Headquarters)

Oct: First release of Aiko photo book

Nov: Three-week Shibari Intensive

Dec: Two-week Shibari Intensive


Jan: SM World At Night, special performance at Furinkaikan with Shima Shiko

Feb: Black Decadance, performance and “shibari hodai” tying up guests

March: Started rope work for Sugiura Norio Kinbaku photo shoots

April: Started producing and directing for major US spanking website

May: 10th Anniversary of Studio SIX, onsen photo tour with special customers

June: Black Decadance, performance and “shibari hodai” tying up guests

July: Total make-over and relaunch of JapanBondage.tv

Aug: Renewal Open of Studio SIX

Sep: Workshops in Copenhagen, Denmark

Oct: Workshops at Osada-ryu Dojo Berlin, Germany

Nov: Workshops at Club Rosas 5, Barcelona

Dec: Three-week Shibari Intensive


Jan: Represented Germany at Toubaku, International Kinbaku Festival

Feb: Started webcam feeds of Kinbaku Live Nights for US website

March: Interviewed by European TV for kinbaku documentary

April: Presented at Sydney Xplore plus special shibari workshops in Sydney

May: Workshop series in Melbourne, Australia

June: Three-week Shibari Intensive

July: Two two-week Shibari Intensives

Aug: Workshops in Copenhagen, Denmark

Sep: Workshops in Hamburg and at Vienna Kinbaku Dojo

Oct: Workshops and opera performance at Club Rosas 5, Barcelona

Nov: Two two-week Shibari Intensives

Dec: Charity Show (TKS) generating ¥258,000 for Earthquake Relief Fund


First Osada-ryu world meet at Osada-ryu Honbu Dojo, for intensive instructor training


Second Osada-ryu world meet at Osada-ryu Honbu Dojo, for intensive instructor training


Third Osada-ryu world meet at Osada-ryu Honbu Dojo, for intensive instructor training


15th Anniversary of Studio SIX

500th Kinbaku Live @ Studio SIX event

500th DVD (Bakushiden/縛師伝) introduced to the market


The Great Down Under Workshop Tour: Melbourne & Sydney


Around the World in 80 days. Workshop tour of North America and Europe, including Vancouver, Orlando, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Vienna, Königswinter, Berlin.

“Letters From Tokyo” book published


Europe Workshop Tour in 60 days: London, Zurich, Königswinter, Berlin.


Worldwide Workshop Tour in 90 days: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, London, Hamburg, Zurich, Königswinter, Mallorca, Berlin.


Going virtual with online workshops and private Zoom coaching.


Launched www.kinbaku-academy.com tutorial website.

The above chronicle a few highlights only. In real life, hardly a day goes by without either being on stage, in front of the camera, directing videos, running rope seminars, or giving private tuition in the Japanese art of Shibari.

On film:

Producing and directing for Kansai Mania Club, Genuine, JapDevils, and others. Starring in Master Costello, Kink.com, Happy Fish, Attackers, SM Sniper, Art Video, and other labels.

In print:

Featured in, written, or photographed for Wired, GQ, Vogue, Marie Claire, Issue One, Skin Two, Schlagzeilen, Bondage Magazine, Secret, Tokyo Journal, FetishJapan, SM Sniper, Mania Club, Tsukasa Shobo, Burst, and other magazines.



















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