Welcome! Spring Tiger Ryu is a place for artists, photographers, students, and the curious to explore, create, learn, and practice the beauty, art, and history of Japanese Kinbaku (erotic rope bondage). Our classes, workshops, photography satsueikai, and events integrate Japanese cultural touchstones (like kimono, ikebana, and folklore) and position kinbaku in historical context from the Edo-era samurai to current events. Subscribe now to receive event information.

Event Recap … 

Thanks to all the artists, photographers, students and other attendees who came to our fifth annual Be My ValenTied event, Yin/Yang: Man Ties Woman||Woman Ties Man. We had a blast with our standing-room-0nly crowed in our private dojo. Remy and Blue showed us an amazing newaza (caressing style) performance followed by zElement and Tyeworship displaying a Japanese inspired energy and objectification rope dance. Master “K” topped off the afternoon with a special series of ties with the beautiful Blue in 50’s pin-up. Watch for more photos, art, and video clips, coming soon.

2020 Spring Tiger Ryu Dates


Sunday, January 12 . MODular Kinbaku: Pressure For Pleasure
Sunday, February 9 . Fifth Annual Be My ValenTied special event

Sunday, March 15 . MODular Kinbaku 2020 Class 1 of 5
Sunday, March 29 . Kinbaku 101

Sunday, April (5th or 19th TBA) . Female Tops Tying Male Bottoms
Sunday, May 17 . MODular Kinbaku 2020 Class 2 of 5
Sunday, June 14 . TBA
Sunday, July 12 . TBA
Sunday, August (9 or 16 TBA) . TBA
Sunday, September 13 . TBA
Sunday, October 11 . TBA
Sunday, November 15 . TBA
Sunday, December 13 . Wrapping with Master “K”

Spring Tiger Ryu members include students, models, educators, and creative thinkers from all walks of life. Our events are home to students, artist, designers, theater professionals, photographers, filmmakers, animators, musicians, and performance artists, models, actors, and those generally curious about this beautiful art. All experience levels are welcome. Your private and semi-private student classes with Master “K” and zElement are customized for you and your partner. If your ideal event isn’t already on our agenda … let us know and we’ll plan it with you.

2020 Spring Tiger Ryu News … 

This year we’re changing our format a little. Each month there will be a minimum of one public event open to ~10-12 people — both couples and individuals welcome. Each class/event has reserved spaces for one photographer and artists looking for life-drawing opportunities are welcome to attend any class or event throughout the year for a discounted ticket price.  Sign Up for our newsletter to receive event and class announcements.

Kinbaku 101 || Introduction to Japanese kinbaku (erotic rope bondage). Students will hear an overview of tools and safe practices then learn few basic ties. This is a hands-on class so bring a partner and rope. Individuals interested in learning and observing are welcome. A great companion class with our “Safety for Subs and the Tops that Love Them” workshop. Rope by Master “K”. Photo by Michael Helms

MODular Kinbaku || A series of hands-on classes for couples exploring how to integrate kinbaku-adjacent topics not typically offered in class settings. Each class covers historical context, safe practice, and how-to with time allotted for practice and one-on-one Q&A. Topics: Bamboo, Low Furniture, Candles/Wax, Faces, Fingers & Toes, and Pressure for Pleasure. Rope by Master “K”. Photo by Yoshi M.

Rope Safety For Subs and the Tops That Love Them || A workshop for all experience levels. Great for anyone starting out and the experienced wanting a refresher. Includes evaluating new partners, rope negotiation, recognizing red flags (and what to do), tools of the trade, when to call 911, and more.  A great companion to “Kinbaku 101”. Rope by Master “K”. Photo by Kevin Mack.

Tied By A Girl || An utterly unique couples class for females interested in learning to tie men. Kinbaku theory from a new perspective and ties that accentuate the male body. Class topics include: manipulating psychological effects of rope energy; adapting ties for men’s physical capabilities and limitations; understanding proportion of rope to body for beauty, safety, and pleasure; the variety of female dynamics (Domme, Top, platonic friend, or lover); and literal ways women can use their mind and body to physically move (often larger, stronger, and taller) male partners. Rope work and photo by zElement.

Be My ValenTied ||  Our annual event (always held the Sunday before Valentine’s Day) gets spicier every year when we throw our doors open to artists, photographers, students, and the curious. We present a day of steamy fetish-themed kinbaku with storytelling, professional models, Japanese treats, and a series of timed poses for creative inspiration. Rope work by Master “K”. Photo by Yzen.

Models || If you are interested in modeling for an event, class, or private student — or if you have questions, suggestions, or comments please reach out to zelement@springtigerryu.com Rope work by Master “K”. Photo by ©sjstudio1.

Life Drawing Salon || An intimate venue for artists of all skill levels to capture the beauty of traditional kinbaku. Master “K” works with a professional model to offer a traditional kinbaku progression with timed poses varying from five to twenty minutes. Limited to ten artists and one photographer. Rope work by Master “K”. Art work by Thomas Garner.

Private Photo Shoot ||  Shoot with Master “K” and professional kinbaku models. We offer a variety of Japanese themed wardrobe and props and have several options for Japenese theme settings — or we’ll come to the location of your choosing. Each shoot is custom planned for your needs. You supply the lights and camera, we supply the action. Generally planned for two photographers and one artist on set. Rope work by Master “K”. Photo by zElement.

Professional Projects || If you are looking for an on-set professional rope work we’d love to plan it with you. Master “K” has tied for fashion photographer Michele Comté for spreads in Vogue Italia and Interview Germany and been featured in his latest coffee table retrospecitve, director Nicolas Winding Refn for the feature film Neon Demon, the performance film Pendulum for Lady Gaga’s gal-pal Millie Brown, music videos, indy films, fashion runway, and more …Contact zelement@springtigerryu.com for your custom event, workshop, photo shoot, private life drawing session, art or history presentation … whatever you can dream up. Rope work by Master “K”. Photo by zElement.