David has been a part of the public SM scene in the United States since 1997. He is an avid rope enthusiast who has had the opportunity to study under Osada Steve since 2009 and Yukimura Haruki from 2012-2015. He founded two rope groups in the Midwest; Kinbaku Oklahoma and Kinbaku Kansas City Missouri, LLC. The article is an excerpt taken from David’s experience assisting with a photoshoot involving Sugiura Norio, Osada Steve and Morikawa Mari.
For the past decade, I have been warning people of the problems and limitations of focusing kinbaku so intensely on technique, without thinking about the heart of it. The focus has been, almost exclusively, on the how to tie, rather than the why we tie. And by why, I don't mean "why we use a munter hutch here, rather than there." I mean motivation. I mean passion. I mean desire. I mean fantasy. I mean heart.
Kinbaku Today was founded in 2014 to promote kinbaku, the art of Japanese erotic rope bondage, to the Western-speaking world.
Since its inception, Zetsu has served as the founding editor for the site, publishing contributions from authors in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
The goal of the site is to provide a forum where people can read announcements about events, books, and video releases, read interviews with Japanese bakushi and models, study tutorials, view galleries of both Western and Japanese rope artists, and learn more about the history of the art of kinbaku.