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About wykd

WykD_Dave (Dave Rickman) is a UK-based shibari bondage enthusiast, who now teaches and performs internationally accompanied by his partner Clover. He started exploring bondage 27 years ago and was autodidact for the first 17 years, until a lesson with shibari professional Osada Steve changed his way of tying. Dave loves Japanese style rope work, and decided to dedicate himself to this. “It isn’t about the rope, it’s about the expression, the look in the eyes, the hopelessness, the agony”. Now, Dave & Clover teach and perform all around the world. He takes great pleasure in seeing people get it and open their minds to what rope bondage can really be. “Not just a means of restraint but a much deeper and personally connected experience than any other I’ve ever found.” Running into Dave means running into his lovely partner Clover. She is very passionate about shibari bondage too, she models and performs, as well as makes impressive photos of Japanese rope work done by Dave. Her photography focuses on the feelings involved in rope play, not just the pretty ties, and she tells stories with her pictures. Dave: “Of course Clover’s a huge part of everything. Without her photography would people ever have noticed?”

WykD TK 4 Week Course

By | 2017-08-12T15:49:20+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: Teaching|Tags: |

A unique course on the WykD method TK over 4 weeks with 2 hours of tuition every week. In this unique course you will receive in depth information and tuition on every aspect of the TK with personal attention and guided tying. After each class you will have a week to digest and practice what you have learned and then return for a review, troubleshooting reinforcement and new information ready for another week of practice for 3 consecutive weeks. One of the problems with one-off classes is that there is no follow up and students leave overloaded with information. Inevitably details and nuances are lost sometimes without even knowing it. Learning needs to be reinforced, reviewed and revisited so that the unintentional mistakes that can creep in can be spotted and rectified. This is a truly unique course providing the most complete TK tuition ever offered. The workshop will contain information for both tops and bottoms including working together with communication and understanding between partners. Course registration is strictly limited to 3 tying couples. Aspects covered include… Anatomy Safety Biomechanics Rope placement Interaction Principles of beginning Principles of conclusion Balance Tension Variation Extension Requirements Models must be healthy and able to achieve the TK hands position as illustrated. There will be no switching during or between classes, the person tying initially must be the person tying for the duration of the course. At least 3 Jute ropes between 7 and 8 meters and between 5 and 6 millimeters in diameter. Location Classes will be conducted on consecutive Saturdays at 2pm in Ilkeston, Derbyshire from 16th of September and run for 4 consecutive weeks. On the final week (7th October) there will be optional free rope tying [...]

Tokyo Shibari Osada Steve, Otonawa, Kinoko & Naka Akira, Iroha Shizuki, Shigonawa Bingo, Yoi Yoshida March 2016

By | 2017-08-03T22:57:38+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Learning, Travel|Tags: |

Tokyo Japan in March 2016. The weather find, the cherry blossoms beginning to bloom. My memory of these events is at one and the same time vivid but probably incomplete due to the time elapsed since the trip and the killer jet lag that plagued me on the trip. If one thing all our travelling has taught me it's new strategies for dealing with jet lag and the importance of scheduling to account for it. I can't even begin to say how excited we were for this trip. We were going to see Yukimura Sensei and learn his style of kinbaku a little more. It was therefore with great sadness we learned of his passing the week before we were due to arrive. Yukimura Haruki is irreplaceable. So we didn't even think of getting time with an alternative teacher. Fortunately for us Osada Steve who's been a student of Yukimura Haruki for many years offered to teach Yukimura Ryu in the time we had booked with Yukimura Sensei himself. In spite of the obvious sadness this caused we had a remarkable trip. As we left from our home in the UK we had mixed feelings about this trip. We had been looking forward to going for a long time. We were going to have a good time and yet it was overlayed with sadness that lent a melancholic feeling to the trip. It was going to be great, but we would miss seeing Yukimura Haruki, he was a tremendous old gentleman when he wasn't tying and we were looking forward to seeing him. It was not pleasant to know that we would in fact never see him again. The flight to Tokyo was a mixed one. [...]

South Coast Shibari Group July 2017

By | 2017-07-31T18:40:46+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Teaching, Uncategorized|

We had a one day rope bondage intensive in Brighton (or the magnificently named Rottingdean near Brighton) at the invitation of the South Coast Shibari Group. We had a really good day and covered a lot of information for tops and bottoms. We covered a good range of information and maybe fried a few brains during the day. Everyone was good and exhausted at the end of the day including ourselves. Thank you everyone for the great feedback on the day, it was a pleasure meeting you all and we had fun coming to the South Coast if even only so briefly. I want to say how hard everyone who came to the workshop worked and it was a fun as well as a productive day. Thanks for having us. D & C

Bondage Expo Dallas 2017

By | 2017-05-20T10:51:15+00:00 May 19th, 2017|Categories: Events, Performance, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , , |

Memories of our great time at Bondage Expo Dallas in 2017. We had a great time tying, teaching and performing our brand of shibari bondage a great kinbaku performance and a fun shibari show to round off this event. We had a wonderful time meeting Nawashi Kanna for the first time. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes this event so special to us.

Shooting for Taboo magazine with Adreena Winters 8th January 2017

By | 2017-03-12T12:08:24+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Categories: Shoots|Tags: , , , , , |

This shoot had some good caning gagging, asphyxiation, penetration as well as some spectacular suspension bondage too! Adreena is always lovely to work with and a pleasure to tie.

Teaching in London At Anatomie Studio on January 28th & 29th 2017

By | 2017-01-03T00:26:50+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Teaching|Tags: |

It's not often we teach in the UK but this year we're going to at London's Anatomie studio. We're really looking forward to it. This should be a great weekend of rope. Great though it is to be in demand around the world it's nice to be teaching at home once in a while. For those who don't know us we believe very much that rope bondage education is as much for the bottoms as the tops and as usual Clover will be there with me giving her invaluable insight on the rope bottoming side.

LA Shibari intensive 2016

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Categories: Events, Learning, Teaching|Tags: , , , , , |

It's always interesting starting a new shibari intensive, you never know what people are going to need to improve their rope bondage and it's a fascinating moment of discovery. Lots of hard work to follow and people were showing real improvement by the end of the first day.

Shibari intensive in Memphis Tennessee April 2016

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 August 17th, 2016|Categories: Performance, Teaching, Workshops|Tags: , , |

This was our second visit to Memphis Tennessee USA and it was even hotter than the last time. That's saying something. Coming over from a wet and windy UK it was more than a little bit of a contrast in conditions for us. The first thing once we were at our hosts was to get some supplies, we looked on google maps and found a local Walgreens (I think it was a Walgreens) and headed off. Man it was hot! We noticed fairly quickly that we were getting some odd looks and that we were the only people walking. The walk was only 10 minutes but... Man you've got a lot of churches in Memphis! We must have gone past 7 in that 10 minute walk. Dudes! Insane! The walk was fairly uneventful but we did hear some gunfire! This is very unusual for UK people where guns are the exception not the rule. (Later that day when we our hosts got back we were told that that wasn't the best neighbourhood and walking that way was probably a bad idea. They did register some surprise that we'd heard such a small amount of gunfire and yes, there are a fuck-tone of churches in Memphis.) So anyway we'd gotten some sun block (Hey did you know that they aren't allowed the chemicals in the USA that we are in the UK and that therefore our sunblock is much more effective?)  and bits and pieces. So suitably protected Clover decides to keep her training up and go for a run... and nearly dies of the heat and gets sunburned. Protip: People from Europe, take sun block with you. Happily our hosts had stuff for just such [...]