The Samurai Game

The Samurai Game® ( is a unique and highly challenging leadership and team building simulation. The Game’s opening invites each participant to cross a psychological boundary and step into the unfamiliar world of being a medieval Samurai warrior. Players form two teams (armies) that will face each other in a series of individual, one-on-one contests. Every match is symbolic, and while involving no significant physical contact, demands much in the way of commitment, focus, centeredness, personal integrity, and team support. In the Game, individuals and teams are called upon to exercise resourcefulness, decisiveness, honor, dignity, integrity, risk-taking, selfless service and commitment in a series of fast-moving, highly uncertain situations.


The Warrior Spirit. Throughout the contests participants are encouraged to summon forth their “warrior” spirit, remain in control and focus, and act with courage and determination to prevail … or face defeat (symbolic death). At the same time, participants engage opponents with the respect, compassion, and honor usually displayed by life’s true champions.


The Pace is Fast. Tough decisions must be made quickly. The ever-changing environment simulates the intensity of actual combat. The Game models the forces of radical change in tough and challenging situations. Will the individual and team respond with warrior-like resourcefulness or with low engagement? In this way, the Samurai Game® presents a series of fascinating examples of how we choose to fully engage (or not) with the challenges in our workplaces and our lives, and to what degree are we willing act decisively and with integrity while facing both the costs and benefits of our choices.


The Formal Completion Phase of the Samurai Game® utilizes extensive large and small group Dialogue Processes that harvests individual and team realizations. The Dialogue Process gives individuals and organizations an extraordinary shared experience from which to develop new insight, action and success. The Dialogue can be tied directly to the main objectives of an organization’s meeting to reap maximum business and human value.


Developed by author, veteran and martial artist George Leonard, the Samurai Game® is arguably one of the most intense learning experiences that companies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals can participate in. You will be talking about The Samurai Game® and making connections to it for years to come.


Purpose and Outcomes of The Samurai Game®

  • Leadership and team alignment.
  • Uncover reserves of personal and team power.
  • Balance competition with honor, dignity, and integrity.
  • Display individual & group support, loyalty and commitment.
  • Remain centered & focused in the midst of turmoil and confusion.
  • Be keenly aware of the vividness and value of life.
  • Deal with loss and recovery.
  • Move through stuck and uncomfortable places.
  • Control emotional and automatic physical responses.



The Samurai Game® can be used:

  • As a stand-alone event or embedded within an existing course.
  • Corporate trainings
  • Public training events
  • Teen experiential courses


Time: 1.5 – 3 days

Cost: Contact Dan Dorr Associates, Inc.

Location: Off-site local venue

Prerequisites: None

# Attendees: 18-40 participants.


Partial Client List who have used The Samurai Game®

The United Nations, Verizon, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, AIESEC Int., Lindora, Texas A&M, the Univ. of San Francisco, Oklahoma State Univ., Westminster College, UNLV, Organizational Behavior Teachers Society.