A Warriors Weekend with The Samurai Game® [WW]
Expect nothing, be ready for anything.
The Samurai Game® was invented in 1977 by author George Leonard (Mastery, The Silent Pulse, The Ultimate Athlete, The Life We Are Given, Walking on the Edge of the World, The Way of Aikido: Life Lessons from an American Sensei, and six other books).
George served as a combat pilot in World War II and afterwards became senior editor for Look Magazine, eventually becoming one of the most published writers for both Look and Esquire magazines.
The Samurai Game® is considered by many to be one of the most intense, engaging and powerful simulations available anywhere in the world. It is particularly valued as a way to cultivate awareness, resourcefulness and decisiveness in situations marked by uncertainty, chaos and unforeseeable difficulties.
The Game was inspired by George’s experience flying combat missions in the Asia Pacific theater during World War II, and his discovery and immersion in Aikido, meditation and related mind-body disciplines. He first got the idea for The Samurai Game® while walking from his home to the Aikido dojo to teach class one evening. Arriving at the dojo, he led the students in the first iteration of the Game. The next week, his Aikido students reported how impactful their experience of the Game had been the previous week, and asked to play it again. George began refining the Game and soon was leading it for other groups and personal development centers, such as Esalen Institute.
Since 1977, tens of thousands of people have played The Samurai Game® around the world.
Programme language: English (with Mandarin translation)
The Samurai Game® simulates intensity and immediacy in a way that is commonly associated only within actual combat, but which may also be encountered in certain aspects of business and professional competition.
Participants, as in actual combat, are never quite certain of all the rules or of exactly what is going on. Such conditions, unlike those found in many group training situations, provide an intense test of integrity when no one is watching, support when the going gets tough and rules do not easily apply, and commitment when the future is unclear and there is no certainty of success.
The elegant simplicity of The Samurai Game® belies the profound experience commonly reported by participants at the individual level and the rich possibilities which open up for attitudinal and cultural change at the organisational level.
Participants discover in themselves the courage and resoucefulness they did not know, or have forgotten, they had all along. Divisions and rivalries fade in the light of a new appreciation for each one’s contribution to the organisation and to one another.
These experiences and insights lead naturally to an open willingness to get along and work with one another for the common good.
Possible outcomes for participants of the Samurai Game® include:
- A profound sense of purpose in life and career
- A passionate urgency in thought and action
- An experience of being totally present in the moment
- A new respect and empathy for others
- A courageous embracing of responsibility and challenge
An openness to new possibilities for self and team.
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