The Samurai Game® is a challenging and psychologically intense simulation game in which participants cross a psychological boundary where they operate under unfamiliar modes of relationship, governance and consequences.
Requiring no special equipment and no advance preparation (other then a willingness to learn), participants in The Samurai Game® come face to face with their personal integrity, their commitments and habitual ways of dealing with challenges and uncertainty.
Participants in The Samurai Game® find themselves asking…
- When the going gets tough, rules do not easily apply, and the future is unclear—how do I show up as a leader?
- When distractions are rampant, how do I remain present and focused on what matters most?
- When no one is watching and the consequences are uncertain, do I act with integrity?
- When my team’s integrity is tested to the limits—does it crack or get stronger?
- When I encounter challenges, can I tolerate the discomfort of new learning or do I retreat to the known and familiar?
The Samurai Game® allows you to safely cross a border beyond your everyday life, from which you may see yourself, your priorities, your habits with greater clarity. As a simulation game, The Samurai Game® has rules and consequences, choices and results, risks and rewards–just like life. But because it’s a simulation, you can make mistakes, explore new ways of being and acting, and learn without all of the risk. Participants in the Samurai Game® cultivate awareness, resourcefulness and decisiveness in challenging situations marked by uncertainty, ambiguity and chaos.
The Samurai Game® involves no significant physical contact. It simulates the intensity and immediacy of battle, but unfolds within a carefully designed and secure environment, providing participants with fertile opportunities for self-reflection and insights that apply to business, government, community and daily life.
Participants in the Samurai Game® routinely experience…
- The power of team commitment and collaboration
- A new understanding of the value of trust and integrity for leadership performance
- The difference between “talking the talk” and “walking the walk”
- The power of meeting challenges in a centered and grounded way
The Samurai Game was invented in 1977 by George Leonard (1923 – 2010), journalist, Aikido instructor, musician, public speaker and author of numerous books including: Mastery, The Silent Pulse, The Ultimate Athlete, Education and Ecstasy, The Way of Aikido: Lessons from an American Sensei, and others. The Game was copyrighted in 1977 and is owned By The Leonard Family Trust (# TXu 1-626-797, international copyright secured, all rights reserved). The trade name “The Samurai Game” holds US Trademark Registration #2,630,801.
Grayson James learned to facilitate The Samurai Game® with George Leonard, under whom he apprenticed and studied Aikido for many years. Grayson is one of only two individuals worldwide who are authorized to train and certify Samurai Game® facilitators.
Click here for the official Samurai Game® website, or call us at 888-851-3747 to learn more about The Samurai Game® for your team or organization.
What participants say about The Samurai Game®
“Through the Samurai Game I learned that my actions, even the small ones, have a huge impact on the success of my team. A very profound, eye-opening experience.”
“What I learned in this one weekend about my abilities as a leader would have taken me years to learn. It will stay with me always.”