OhioSMART and EM are teaming up to bring you a class that fills a niché which is often overlooked when presenters are bought in. Typically classes will either be designed for ‘all levels’ and feature instruction on the basics... or they’re Advanced classes for expert rope ninjas.
We are going to fill the void, with a class designed to help those who have done basics suspension and may have done some transition work, but who are not experts in the art. Those of you who are hunting for a more comfrotable futomomo, and who have questions on when to utilize various suspension line techniques, and who sometimes find they struggle with body mechanics in the air or on the ground.
We’ll focus on higher-level understanding when it comes to positioning your partner in the air, and better control of structure when it comes to constructing harnesses.
EM will be joined by Raiju, whose occupation involves in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy and who is an experienced rope bottom and top. We’ll work toward encouraging better communication between top and bottom... and a general increase of skill for the bottom as well as the tops in the room.
Based in Memphis, Tennessee and active in the BDSM community since 2010, EM is a sadistic rope and whip enthusiast whose interests lie in withdrawing submission from his partners through mental and physical play. With years of experience learning to work with whips and ropes from various artists across North America, his interpretation of Japanese bondage stems from a desire to withdraw submission from the female form and highlight it's beauty through suffering and strain. EM's primary interests (rope, whips, photography) stem from his passion for practicing and perfecting technique, skill, and accuracy in all walks of life.
Raiju, aka Riah (she/her), is a Columbus-based kinkster who enjoys helping others explore and play with the shape and bounds of "the box." Riah uses critical thinking tools, an extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and her switchy experiences in kink, rope, and non-monogamy during her wide wild travels to help build paths to deeper understanding and greater skills for the initiate, the adept, and even the expert.