MAKE blog had a link to this page on how to tie various knots: I Will Knot!, with video demonstrations of the tying process. Next time I stop by Wal-Mart or Home Depot, I’ll have to pick up some nylon rope.

A couple months ago, I stopped by the Lakewood YMCA’s taihojutsu class. One of their demonstrations was with tori tying uke up with some sort of restraint, where tori’s grip on both ends of the rope (actually a thick string for this demo) was what kept the binding in place. When tori let go one of one end, the binding progressively unravelled like magic. Kids apparently like the effect. I’m not sure what kind of knot they use for this, though.

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