Melbourne Rope Dojo and Oz Kink Fest Present Osada Steve Workshop Series

Osada Steve is recognised as one of the world’s top bakushi, based on both his professional experience as well as having been a student of Grandmasters Osada Eikichi (whose name he carries today), Akechi Denki and Yukimura Haruki. He is the only Westerner to have reached a high enough skill level to become a professional in the Japanese shibari scene, having done thousands of live performances and tying for videos and photographs.

Osada Steve is regarded as an inspiring teacher, having hosted students from around the globe at his dojo in Tokyo for the last 10 years, with many students returning multiple times to continue their studies. This experience has meant that Osada Steve has honed his approach to teaching and finding ways to bring out the best in his students. This tour is an exciting opportunity to learn authentic shibari from one of the best in the world, without having to travel to Japan.

 I think Barkas, the Osada ryū instructor in Vancouver, said it well when he wrote:

“You will not come out with 6 new hishi patterns and 3 new transitions. Instead your tying will change. You will come out and know more ways how to approach the person in ropes with love, care, and compassion. It is a transformative workshop entirely focussed on the connection between the people involved.”

This will be the last stop in Osada Steve’s three-month tour of North America and Europe, and for his final country he has decided to stay in only one city to dedicate himself to a festival of events and workshops to coincide with Oz Kink Fest (September 16-24). For Oz Kink Fest he will be doing workshops and performing at Hellfire Resurrection  (


The workshop contents will be determined on the day by Osada Steve based on the skills of the workshop attendees. This is because there are so many potential topics surrounding shibari than just “we will focus on tying the technical aspects of this predetermined tie/kata”. I will be assisting Osada Steve during the workshops.

Don't get too hung up on the level of the workshop as no matter the level of the workshop you will definitely learn things. If you want to ask about your suitability for a given level of workshop then please Scott from the Melbourne Rope Dojo at

Monday September 18 - 3 hour workshop for KinkFest beginner/intermediate

Tuesday September 19 - 3 hour workshop for KinkFest intermediate/advanced

Wednesday September 20 - 3 hour workshop for KinkFest intermediate/advanced

There will be a discount for attending multiple workshops:

1 x 3-hour workshop, $180 per couple

2 x 3-hour workshops, $330 per couple

3 x 3-hour workshops, $495 per couple


We’re back. And we’re better than ever.  Or at least we’re going to be … with YOUR help!

Oz Kink Fest is looking for you!

Same Fettime, at the same Fetplace September 15 through 25 in 2017 And what we’re looking for hasn’t changed. We stand behind our original mission statement when it comes to education at Oz Kink Fest. Our educational philosophy is simple: SM education shouldn’t be boring or elitist. We’re not about how well known you are. We’re about how passionate you are, how knowledgeable you are in what gets you off, and your ability to share that with others on an intimate level. Our perfect presenter? One who is exciting, knowledgeable, approachable, no-bullshit, anti-one-way anything, personable, and most important of all, FUN.

Do you have something to bring to the table? Bring it. We’re ready. And we hope you are, too. If our first year was amazing, the fifth year epic, then in our tenth year we're aiming for LEGENDARY!

If your overseas that's cool we can work on making it happen, Melbourne loves international presenters so email away! If your interstate again we can make this happen

The group link for the FetLife group is HERE  the official website link HERE

The festival will take place in the amazing city of Melbourne from September 16th to September 26th 2017. Oz Kink Fest is a unique event focused on Performances, Workshops/Skill Shares, Community Building and Personal Networking, Education & Fun!

Oz Kink Fest is very focused on a series of events over a one week period which are mostly performance based so we are looking for edgy relevant performers that fit our genre of event. Australia is very liberal with content in performances and we like to stretch the boundaries.

There are 3 larger events in this week for which performers are paid a performance fee and they have the opportunity to further add to their fee if they present workshops. Oz Kink Fest does most of the organising and we pay the performance fee’s however we do not arrange air fares, we can arrange accommodation if requested (We realise our geographic distance!)

Previous performers have been Midori, Lukas Zpira, Satomi Zpira, Lee Harrington, Hajime Kinoko, Otonowa, Princess Kali to name a few.

We have class slots open and are currently seeking local & national presenters for beginner AND advanced topics in various workshops, demos, discussion panels.

If you are interested in performing/presenting, please send the following information (to the email address at the bottom of this post) as soon as possible:

  • Contact information (email address & phone number)
  • Performance Bio
  • Class Title(s)
  • DETAILED workshop descriptions (including specific info as to the teaching level of each class - ie: introductory, advanced, previous experience required, 101, 201, 301... etc)

AS WELL AS a short 2-3 sentence class description to be used in the program book if that class is chosen.

  • A short bio (suitable for use in the program book).
  • Optimal class length.
  • List of any support materials you would need from the event for your classes (such as work table, specific play furniture/equipment/mats, electric hook-up, projection screen, etc.)
  • AND* if you have any other teaching requirements/terms for presenting.

Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions at all about the event!!

Deadline is August 25th 2017

Hit us up with your proposals to Nina at

Mistress Mallice / Di