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Becoming a Certified Facilitator of The Samurai Game®

Facilitator Trainings and Certifications (FTC's)

This outlines the process for becoming trained and certified to facilitate the Samurai Game®. If you are interested in becoming a Samurai Game facilitator, please read through this page carefully, and submit a Facilitator Training Application (see below). It is important to understand The Samurai Game®’s history, standards, and requirements associated with certification before completing the Application. Please also read the About The Samurai Game page on this website to learn more.

Although you may submit an Application to join the Facilitator Training Program (FTP), you must participate in at least one Samurai Game® before the start of the FTP.

There is a lineage of study, practice, and application that links the Samurai Game® to Japan’s warrior class which existed for over 700 years. Because each Samurai Game® is based upon Bushido, the ancient code of the Japanese samurai, facilitators must study, practice, and reflect on the tenets of that ancient code in their personal and professional lives. Upon certification, the Samurai Game Facilitator enters an exclusive group of practitioners. His or her actions with the Samurai Game® will impact not only participants of the Samurai Game® and the other Facilitators but also the continuing evolution of the greater human potential movement worldwide.

We expect all Facilitators to manage themselves and their interactions with the public, clients, the Leonard Family Trust and Samurai Game Associates, with integrity and respect. Becoming trained and certified to facilitate The Samurai Game® is a significant undertaking!
Trademark, Copyright, Ownership and Royalties

The term The Samurai Game® is a legal trademark (#2,630,801) registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In China, the Game sometimes goes by the name, The Warrior Game™. It is expected that all individuals and organizations respect both names as trademarks. The Samurai Game® by itself as a simulation performance (including its design and any variations or modifications) is copyrighted and registered as such with the US Government (#TXu 1-626-797). These trademarks and copyrights are owned by and are the sole property of, the Leonard Family Trust. Only those persons who have undergone a training and certification process can facilitate and direct the performance of this simulation.

Certification is not guaranteed

Joining the Facilitator Training Program process does not guarantee that you'll become certified to facilitate The Samurai Game®.  Because The Samurai Game® requires good facilitation and group process skills, as well as strong situational awareness and speaking skills, if you are new to group process facilitation or public speaking, aspects of the FTP program may be challenging for you. Although this may not prevent us from accepting your enrollment into the program, it may take longer for you to demonstrate competence in these areas and achieve certification. Of course, everybody is different and your experience and learning journey will be unique.

Training and Certification Instructors

All training and certification of Samurai Game® Facilitators is handled by Samurai Game Associates, managed by Principal Grayson James. Mr. James is the sole Training and Certification Representative of the Leonard Family Trust (owner of The Samurai Game® and all associated rights) and represents the interests, policies, and values of The Samurai Game® for the Leonard Family worldwide. Mr. James was a long-time student and friend of George Leonard (creator of The Samurai Game®) and his wife Annie Styron-Leonard, is an instructor of the martial art of Aikido holding a 6th Degree black belt. He incorporates Aikido principles and practices into his leadership coaching and consulting work, and his 2023 book, Full Contact Performance: The Internal Art of Organizational Collaboration.

NOTE. Being a martial artist is not a prerequisite for facilitator certification. However, having an understanding of embodied practices is helpful. We strongly recommend that candidates and facilitators establish and maintain a daily mind/body practice that supports “grounding and centering” and that promotes peaceful resolution to conflict, and a dignified presence under pressure. This greatly enhances a Facilitator’s ability to move participants “into character” as they prepare for “battles” and to deliver the game safely and effectively.

The Training and Certification Process

All candidates must complete the ten-day-long Facilitator Training & Certification Program (FTC), which involves intensive training, practice, feedback, and more practice, toward demonstrating competence for certification. After the ten-day program, and assuming the candidate has demonstrated proficiency and met all of the standards for certification, he/she will be granted certification upon payment of the Certification Fee.

Only Individuals are Certified as Samurai Game® Facilitators (not companies)

It is the individual facilitator, not the organization or employer of the facilitator, who becomes certified and authorized to produce and facilitate The Samurai Game®. While it is permissible for a certified facilitator to use an assistant(s) during the production, it is not permissible for a certified facilitator to have an uncertified individual “stand in” for him/her in his/her absence. Additionally, certified facilitators cannot act as training/certification agents of The Samurai Game® nor promise to do so. If they do, they risk termination of their certification. No individual or organization can claim the right to solely market or produce the Game in any particular town/city, state/province, country, or other geographic region unless authorized by Samurai Game Associates and the Leonard Family Trust.

Once an individual has completed the FTC process, certification will become active upon payment of a certification fee (currently US $500 and separate from the FTC fee) paid by the candidate after the training/certification process. Certification remains in force for five (5) years provided the facilitator adheres to policies. After five (5) years, the facilitator must renew his/her certification by demonstrating that s/he has met all renewal requirements which are specified in the Facilitator Agreement and discussed during the training and certification program.

Each time a Facilitator delivers The Samurai Game® s/he is responsible for ensuring that the applicable 15% royalty fee is paid to the Leonard Family Trust. The formula for computing the royalty is outlined in the Facilitator Agreement that the facilitator signs before certification. Copies of the Agreement are provided to Candidates upon acceptance of their FTC Application by Samurai Game Associates and before the start of the FTC program. The formula for calculating royalties is reviewed and discussed during the FTC program. Royalties can be paid either by the facilitator or the hosting organization, but ultimately it is the responsibility of the facilitator to ensure that royalties are paid.

UPCOMING FACILITATOR TRAINING PROGRAMS

Central America/Carribean - July 2024
The Tuition Fee for the Facilitator Training program is USD $9,950. Early enrollment discounts may be available.
Central America/Carribean - Location to be announced
July 29 - 
August 08, 2024

The exact location of this Facilitator Training Program (FTP) will be announced shortly. This FTP will be led by Grayson James and Pablo Bellini.

Please read the entire page above carefully for detailed information about what's involved in becoming a certified Samurai Game Facilitator.

To apply for this program, please complete this application form and we will contact you shortly to schedule an interview.

For more information, please contact Pablo Bellini at: pablo@samuraigame.org.

Malaysia - September 2024
The Tuition Fee for the Facilitator Training program is USD $9,950. Early enrollment discounts may be available.
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
September 20 - 
September 30, 2024

The 2024 Malaysia Facilitator Training Program (FTP) in Kuala Lumpur will be led by Grayson James and Kek Hoe Koh, from September 20 - September 30, 2024.

Please read the entire page above carefully for detailed information about what's involved in becoming a certified Samurai Game Facilitator.

To apply for this program, please complete this application form and we will contact you shortly to schedule an interview.

For more information, please email Kek Hoe Koh.

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