Interlingual Energizers/Samurai

amount min. 1, at the beginning it's better to have several facilitators
language level (advanced)
age 10+
group size 10-20
materials nothing special
space free space indoor or outdoor
time up to 30 min
energizer and concentration game, teaches how to be attentive to others and is therefore a teambuilder

The activity Samurai (Deutsch: Samurai, română: Samurai, español: Samurai) is part of the collection of interlingual energizers. See a list of all activities.


The introduction is also available in 2 other languages: español, Deutsch

This game is named after ancient Japanese warriors. All of us will get in the role of one of these fighters now. We have to be focussed to protect ourself and our friends and when we attack others.


The rules is also available in 2 other languages: español, Deutsch

  1. Let's stand in a circle.
  2. This games works without touching each other. We don't really "attack" ourself. We'll just send impulses to each other.
  3. When I want to attack you I'll do this movement and shout "Ha".
  4. You (the person I just attacked) receive the impulse, do this movement and shout "Ha".
  5. Now the two persons next to you defend you. They do this movement and shout "Ha".
  6. At the end you attack somebody else by doing this movement and shouting "Ha".
  7. It's very important that moving and shouting happens with a certain rhythm. It should be "Ha" – "Ha" – "Ha" – "Ha"…

End of the Game

The end of the game is also available in 1 other languages: Deutsch

I think we got pretty tired. Let's take a break.

Possible extensions

advanced version with "Ho" – "Ha" – "He"
  • Instead of "Ha" – "Ha" – "Ha" you can say "Ho" – "Ha" – "He".
  • As soon as the group improves you can start to eliminate people when they make mistakes.
  • A more advanced version of this game is Kinsenseis Kimonoo.
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