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The Samurai Game®

I have delivered The Samurai Game® to participants across Australia since being certified in 2009.  From students in Year 6 to professionals in their 60’s the most common response after completing the experience is “can we do that again?”.

Considered by many to be the most unique, intense and challenging leadership and teambuilding simulation available anywhere, the Samurai Game was developed in 1977 by George Leonard author of numerous books including: Mastery, The Silent Pulse, The Ultimate Athlete, Walking on the Edge of the World, The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei, and The Life We Are Given (co-author Michael Murphy).

As the experience unfolds participants must cross a psychological line and step into the unfamiliar world of the medieval Japanese Samurai. From here players are challenged to engage with their teammates and opponents as champions exercising resourcefulness, decisiveness, honor, dignity, integrity, risk-taking, selfless service, respect, compassion and personal commitment. Two teams form and face each other in a series of individual, one-on-one contests.

The pace is fast and unpredictable, and the outcomes are highly uncertain. It does not matter if you are 12 or 72 – you will be surprised when you see what your team mates are capable of.

Every match is symbolic, and while involving no significant physical contact, demands much in the way of centeredness and support. Participants are encouraged to summon forth their “warrior” spirit to gain personal control and act with courage and determination to prevail … or face defeat.

Here is what people have said about their experience with me:

I participated in the Samurai Game workshop Paul facilitated and I highly recommend it. I found it to be an exceptional opportunity to learn more about who you are as a person and how you behave/respond to different situations and events that you have no control over. You think you know how you will behave/respond, […]

Jodie Farthing (Environmental Advisor)

Paul facilitated the Samurai Leadership Challenge with the graduating Bond University 2011 MBA class. Compelled by the Samurai values and continuously challenged by Paul in his role as the unfair and capricious Fate of War, my team & I pushed personal boundaries to acknowledge, adapt and compensate for both self & team limitations. In the […]

Priya Natasen (Project Manager – Supply Chain & Finance)

Leaders of today and tomorrow need to understand the meaning of trust. They must then demonstrate it in their behaviour. This participatory personal learning experience stands alone in developing these traits. The Samurai Game helps aspiring leaders to identify and reinforce their code of honour and ethics, their Bushido. Paul Marshall’s brilliance guides you across […]

Alistair (Organisational Behaviour Consultant)

I have just been reflecting on the amazing success of our Year 6 and 7 Leadership retreats this year. Finding a way to engage and motivate students for two days about the qualities of leadership in a practical way is no mean feat. Keeping 60 boys engaged for that period of time is even more […]

Claire Howden (Assistant Principal-Religious Education)

For more information about the experience check out my reframing Leadership workshop information or visit the official Samurai Game website. To read about my first experience of the Samurai Game visit my page The start of my journey with the Samurai Game.

If you would like to have me deliver the Samurai Game for your organisation please contact me.

My programs contain THE SAMURAI GAME® A Copyrighted Simulation Owned By The Leonard Family Trust

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The trade name “The Samurai Game” holds
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