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Twisty Pops! Hanging Hashira Suspensions with Sam Jay and Zero Gi

  • 7 Oct 2023
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Studio Friction Main Room
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Twisty Pops! Hanging Hashira Suspensions with

Sam Jay & Zero Gi

price per tying pair: 

BOUND Members $215 |TIED Members $225 | WRAPPED Members $235

Saturday Oct 7th, 10AM to 4PM

In this advanced weekend intensive, join Zero-Gi and Sam Jay in  turning everything you know about hashira on its head. From leading ideas to Hanging Hashira suspensions, we will thoroughly cover set-up, fundamentals and body mechanics, adaptations and transpositions of classic hashira styles, and finally our nouveau style "Twisty Pops" developed uniquely for Hanging Hashira.

Why Hanging Hashira?

Floating bamboo suspensions are often more feasible than traditional hashira for home ties and event ties as indoor posts are often not as readily available. However, Hanging Hashiras present not only their own unique risks, but also unique options when compared to traditional hashira ties.

Saturday, Day 1 - The Ins and Outs of Hanging Hashira

In the workshop, we will first focus on adaptive rigging setups for functionality, style, and safety. From there, we will dive into a diversity of methods and mechanics for getting into and out of hashira ties, and how they apply to fixed vs. Hanging Hashira. We identify and compare at least six different approaches, breaking down their power zones, constraints, vulnerabilities, and versatilities. Having demonstrated and practiced these methods, we will map different approaches into complementary applications throughout the weekend.

Classical Forms on Hanging Hashira

We will then focus on what and how to achieve both the classic feel and the intense look of hashira ties and sequences. Our studies on classical forms will play to the strengths of Hanging Hashira to enhance these aspects and expand on fixed styles while making strategic adaptations to avoid common transpositional pitfalls.

Hanging Hashira Nouveau: Twisty Pops and other hanging offences

We've built out and worked through the rhyme, reason, and rules of Hanging Hashira and practiced adapting and enhancing classical forms for this medium. Now it's prime time for crime. In this unit, we break ranks with traditional forms and cross over into our dynamic style specifically designed around the dangly stick.

Hanging Hashira Creative Development: Advanced experiments for mad scientists

Keeping all the fundamentals, strategy, mechanics, and technique, we will finish with an expert study of collaborative experimentation for Hanging Hashira. Using a novel development format designed to spark inspiration, we will use all the concepts from the weekend and map them to your unique strengths and styles as rope partners. It is our aim that we develop a well-rounded practice balancing both ties/forms that we can adapt to our partners and custom ties/forms that are built from the ground up in the unique container of our synergy for bespoke specialties.

Conceptual, aesthetic and safety aspects will be discussed throughout, with a strong emphasis on technical and practical details. If you've ever learned from us, you can bet there will be tasty nuggets of unique, interaction-focused warm-up exercises interspersed throughout.

Things to bring:

  • 1 hank of 5mm or 6 mm POSH to hang your bamboo.
  • Your standard rope kit. No fewer than 12 full length ropes, plus all your favorite half length/medium/shorty ropes and uplines. Natural fiber preferred for body ties for added friction and reduced friction burns.
  • 3+ carabiners
  • Swivel (optional)


Please reach out to the organizers if you have questions about any of the following!

  • This is an advanced intensive for both tops and bottoms, in which you may need to make emergency descents to avoid serious injury. You and your partner should be able to tie and suspend from a sustainable upper body and lower body harness for periods in excess of 15-20 minutes at a time.
  • You and your partner must also be knowledgeable and experienced with:
  • Multiple transitions in suspension
  • At least one tie you and your partner are comfortable suspending from a single point
  • Tying at least one form of non-collapsing single column tie
  • Hardpoint and equipment evaluation and risk awareness
  • Bondage risk awareness and anatomy/body mechanics in rope
  • Following instructions and asking for help while suspending, both from instructors and partners
  • Effectively communicating in emergency descent situations
  • Protecting your and your partner's needs, vulnerabilities, and boundaries before, during, and after rope
  • Ego management
  • Bondage risk awareness and anatomy/body mechanics in rope.
  • You and your partner should be able to tie and suspend together, including multiple transitions.

For the top:

  • Ability to tie at least one form of non-collapsing tie.
  • Ability to manage multiple uplines with fast, secure lockoffs
  • Ability to tie with accurate, consistent placement and tension, and with variable levels of tension

For the bottom:

  • Ability to communication in rope and in suspension, including inversions.
  • Awareness of your own body and necessary adaptations.
  • Following instructions and asking for help while suspending, both from instructors and partners
  • Protecting your and your partner's needs, vulnerabilities, and boundaries before, during, and after rope

    Sam Jay & Zero Gi DISCLAIMERS:

    • We are not licensed instructors of anything here.
    • Some things we've picked up from others, but these are our own interpretations
    • Other things are our own Inventions

    About the Instructors:

    Sam Jay he/him, Zero Gi she/her

    Zero-Gi and Samjay take rope bondage to new heights, from skyscrapers to haute couture. As a rope duo, their dynamic style and taste for the extreme have manifested in everything from single toe suspension performances in Jamaica to rigging from the tops of Berlin radio towers at dawn. As an artistic tying team, their collaborations have graced top fashion magazines working with talents like Emily Ratajkowski and Justine Biticon, and they have been honored to present for a diversity of audiences worldwide, ranging in genre from high fetish ball Torture Garden NYC to underground queer techno raves, upscale galas, secret sex societies, social justice groups, and in burlesque, circus, fine arts, parkour, and high fashion.

    Important Registration Information:

    • All attendees must register and pay online, no admittance or registration at the door.
    • Photo ID is required to be admitted and must match the Last Name listed in your online registration. 
    • You must be at least 19 years of age to attend Studio Friction events.
    • No refunds or credits on cancellations within 24 hours of event (contact us for extenuating circumstances).

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