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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:

A week out from participating in the Samurai Game with Paul Marshall as facilitator, I am now convinced of what I had merely suspected, minutes out from completion – the Samurai Game has changed my life. Having recounted the ‘story’ of the day to a number of people close to me, from the introduction, to […]

Sara (Solicitor)

I didn’t know what to expect next at any time and this made for a creative and thought-provoking space.  The ‘having no control’ nature of the game whilst having to exercise a high level of control and self-awareness at all times was challenging on many levels and this would suit every member of a team […]

Selina

The Samurai Game was a 1-day workshop (open to the public) that I attended (upon recommendation) in February 2015. The game was delivered in a safe workshop setting – and Paul’s facilitation allowed attendees to learn the rules and values of a 16th century Japanese Samurai warrior. Attending the Samurai game workshop gave me the […]

Michael Sheridan (Business and Process Improvement Specialist & Data Scientist)

After reading the testimonials about the Samurai Game, I hadn’t fully understood what they meant about how it could be a challenging experience (even confronting) yet it was held in a safe and supportive environment. Having done it I can confirm it is all of that and more. What I particularly liked was the way […]

Steve Williams (Civil Engineer)

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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