Another Tuesday and another rope night at Cozmo's Cafe with Arisue Go Sensei. In spite of being a month later, it was still a hot and humid night. Somehow Tokyo's summer did not want to end just yet.


Arriving at the cafe on my own, this time I felt less shy as I knew I was going to meet a couple of familiar faces, and sure enough a couple familiar faces where there. But this time I also got to chat a bit more with Arisue Sensei, and I have to say he really is a very friendly guy. No pretense, no arrogance.

Cozmo's Bar night with Arisue Go 有末剛: different models create different energies

Somehow ice needed to be broken and in a very surreptitious way, Nuit got me to sit on a empty plastic case of beer, and quietly started to apply his rope. It was such a comfortable tie, that it quickly put a smile on my face and silenced all the voices and worries of the day away. But as all nice things, this too had to end, and the rope got removed, slowly but surely. 

However our goal was reached and Arisue Sensei had started his rope session, this time using the suspension point in front of the DJ.
Cozmo's Bar night with Arisue Go 有末剛: different models create different energies
Of course I was not going to miss being tied by Arisue Sensei this time either!
He remembered tying me the previous time (yey!) and asked if there was something I did not like or any other problem. Still aware of my recently discovered sensitivity to rope wrapped around my upper arm, I mentioned it to him, and he decided to go then for a chair tie this .
Cozmo's Bar night with Arisue Go 有末剛: different models create different energiesRelaxed and sitting on the chair, the rope started binding me to it. First the upper body, then my hips/waist, than mi thighs and lastly my ankles. And because ideas often come in a spur, with the help of one of the spectator, he picked up the chair and positioning it under the suspension point, he started priming the chair to be suspended. 
Cozmo's Bar night with Arisue Go 有末剛: different models create different energies
Surely enough, I ended up hanging, chair and all, from the suspension point. 

And if I thought it would be easier to be suspended this way, I quickly discovered that with the added weight of the chair, the rope was pulling harder, and at the same time, because the suspending rope was rigged through the chair and not me I could not feel directly its tension, making me feel in a somewhat more precarious situation. 

Interesting how the biting ropes manage to give a better sense of being carried, even it it hurts more ...

Lowered from the suspension, still tied to the chair, my head got pulled backward and my hair tied to the back of the chair, before having rope passed across my face and my mouth. 

I confess I did not relax at all during the chair suspension. The fact that it is hard to relax when you are being tied by such a master, and the fact that I really did not know what to expect with suspending the chair, it kept me fully alert. But when the rope passed over my face and mouth, suddenly, I was totally overwhelmed by the rope and the predicament of the position I found myself in. And finally the rope worked its magic and by the time I was released from them, I was floating happily in my own happy bubble. 

After a little break to celebrate a few birthdays, rope was back with a vengeance, and Arisue sensei found himself very busy tying starting first with the birthday girl. Her high energy and athletic body made the yokotsuri acquire a sort of sport-like quality.

The following tie turned out very interesting when Arisue Sensei tied a girl while her boyfriend played some ethnics drums as a background sound. The combination of the primal rhythm and the magic of the rope made for a very gripping show and everybody was just mesmerized by it all, watching Arisue Sensei's fluid movements somewhat creating a dissonance with the frantic rhythm of the drum.

Then it was time to tie a guy, something of a novelty. The yoko tsuri and the rope wrapped across a manly body gave to the performance and the rope, a totally different quality. Lightness replaced by strength and grace replaced by pride ... and a little bit of apprehension when the infamous flogger showed up and he turned into a reluctantly happy whipping post (pretty light strokes).

And after being the rope test-bunny for a couple more ties, and watching more of Arisue Go Sensei's skillful rope, it was time again for the night to end. 

With the promise to be there again at the next Cozmo's Cafe Rope Tuesday.

Authors: rida

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