So What is 101, 201, 301, 401 Levels in Rope?

So what are 101, 201, 301, and 401 levels in rope?

The question of what hard and soft skills, techniques, and specific ties make up a 101, 201, 301, or higher level of class instruction is likely a frequent discussion in the rope community.

What follows is simply All Tied Up's perspective on the matter, in order to help people gain an understanding of what All Tied Up offers in their classes. Others may have different opinions and this is in no way meant to be the “one twue way.


The term 101 generally means basic or introductory.

You start your journey with our Safety & Introduction Class. 

After that class, you can progress to our 101 Class.

Examples of soft skills taught in our S&I and 101-level classes would be:

  • What is Shibari/Kinbaku?
  • Stages of a Tie
  • Negotiation
  • Consent
  • Communication
  • What to Bring
  • Etiquette
  • Basic Anatomy / Safety

Examples of hard skills and specific ties taught at S&I and 101-level classes would be:

  • Beginning Rope Management and Care
  • Understanding Tension and Reverse Tension
  • A Single Column with a Quick Release
  • A Double Column Tie
  • An Arms-Free Chest Harness (e.g., Shinju, Pentagram, Kimono)
  • Simple Futomomo (leg tie)
  • Diamond Body Harness (Hishi)
  • Hair Ties
  • Gauntlet/Laddering Ties

Check out the Beginner's 101 Series of classes!

At subsequent levels of instruction - 201, 301, 401 and beyond - you can learn skills to make your rope play more exciting, adventurous, sensuous, and torturous!


Examples of soft skills, hard skills and specific ties taught at a 201-level might be:

  • What to do with what you have learned at 101 - you know the single column, but do you really know what you can do with it
  • Advanced Anatomy - locating the areas on the bottom that are critical to know
  • Rope Flow  - tension, speed, what is your intention with the rope
  • Rope Management - how you handle your rope can make you look good or not so good
  • Body Flow & Awareness
  • Stretches for Both Top and bottom
  • How to Connect With Your Partner - What does it mean to Top a rope scene
  • Finishing the Tie - do you want to learn to tie or untie?
  • Advanced Communication, Negotiation, and Consent
  • Creating and Managing a Rope Scene - it takes more than just rope to have a good scene
  • Learning More Advanced Ties - Takate Kote, Strappados, Futomomos, Karadas, and other rope patterns.
  • Putting Elements Togetheryou have the pieces, now what can you do with them?
  • Introduction to the Basics of Suspension - viewing ties through a suspension lens
      • Introduction to Suspensions
      • Suspension Physics
      • Hardware and Hardpoints 
      • Upline Management and Connection
      • Self-awareness
      • Creating and Managing a Rope Suspension Scene

Check out the 200 Series of classes!


Examples of soft skills, hard skills and specific ties taught at a 301-level might be:

  • Full & Partial Suspensions
  • Suspendable Ties and Harnesses - basic floor ties need upgrading
  • Suspension Physics - gravity is unforgiving
  • Hardware and Hardpoints - the right gear, at the right place, at the right time
  • Upline Management and Connection - critical pieces of the puzzle
  • Self-awareness - so you think you're ready
  • Creating and Managing a Rope Suspension Scene - a different mindset than a floor tie


So, what about 401 and higher?

At All Tied Up, we consider 401 and higher to start the journey into higher-level risk play with rope. In addition to ongoing practice and refinement of basic suspensions, 401-level material might include advanced suspensions, transitions, and performances.

We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE knowledge before experience at all levels. Take the time to learn, learn, learn.

Make sure your risk profile includes understanding that permanent injuries can result from doing any rope work, but the risk goes up dramatically with advanced rope work.

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