Interested in the Dojo? Curious about the process?
Here are our answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions:
- How long are the monthly calls leading up to the Dojo and what time of day would they be?
Probably 120 mins. We haven’t scheduled all of them yet, but that’s how long our sparring and Q&A calls typically are. Our calls are typically from 2pm- 4pm EST. But sometimes they’re a bit earlier. We do them at this time because it’s morning on the west coast, but only evening in Europe.
- Would I get to practice and get feedback on those calls or just watch?
We’re planning on doing a mix of Open Mat Sparring/Q&A calls. So you’ll get a chance to practice as well as a chance to get feedback and ask some questions.
- How big is each clan and how many sensei are in each?
Clans are made up of 6 samurai max and are led by 2 sensei who take turns leading calls. We do this so you get ample time to practice as well getting a chance to get different perspectives on coaching. We believe that being able to see things from multiple perspectives helps you develop a more well-rounded view of coaching and a deeper understanding of its fundamental principles. The dojo itself is typically led by 3-4 Sensei in total whom you’ll have access to for questions and support throughout. You’ll have a chance to interact with all the Sensei on the All Dojo calls.
- Are there multiple clans and do you do calls as one big group? If so, what do you do on those calls?
The program is split into Clan calls which is you and up to 6 Samurai or coaches you work with for the dojo. The dojo itself is made up of multiple clans. Our biggest size so far has been 4 clans, but we might have 5-6 in the spring because we’re running a regular Coaching dojo of 4 clans and also a Sales Dojo of 2 clans. The Sales dojo is what people typically take after the Coaching Dojo and it’s where we teach the fundamentals of enrollment as the art of creating commitment by coaching beyond yes and no. We find having a solid foundation in the Coaching Dojo makes the Sales Dojo more impactful which is why we recommend people do the Coaching Dojo first. And many Samurai get the results they want after the coaching dojo (more clients, money, confidence etc.)
The All Dojo calls are of 2 types:
1) Sparring/Q&A -The first-hour sparring with other Samurai, typically but not always outside of your clan. It’s a chance to get more practice and experience more styles. The Sensei also float around, observe, and give spot feedback.
The second hour is an open Q and sometimes A session. Samurai ask questions and sometimes the Sensei answer those questions. Sometimes we coach people around what they asked, sometimes we discuss the question. We record only the Q&A portion of these calls in case you miss them.
2) Deep Coaching – On the Deep Coaching calls the Sensei coach 2 or more Samurai in front of the dojo. We do this in two simultaneous zoom breakout rooms. Then the Sensei pause, and break down their sessions, what they did and why it worked. Samurai can ask questions about the choices the Sensei made and the techniques and models they used.
Then at the top of the hour, we encourage Samurai to switch rooms and observe the other coach. All of these sessions are taped so you can go back and watch additional sessions if you desire.
- What happens during the dojo calls when you’re not sparring?
You’re mostly sparring, observing, or deconstructing on these calls. On Sunday of each week of the dojo, you get a KATA – that breaks down what we’re focusing on for this week of practice. Then at the start of your clan call, we’ll talk about the Kata and discuss it briefly. Then we’ll dive into practice.
If you’re chosen to spar we’ll give you a focus or framework of practice. If you’re the client you might be playing a certain role for your benefit as a coach as well as for the sparring session. If you’re observing we’ll give you something to watch for. Then when the session is over, we go around and collect feedback, you’re fellow Samurai will offer BO or Brilliance and Opportunity. (We say everyone gets BO in the dojo ) The Sensei will then go last and offer their own BO or they might offer some other form of coaching. Then you might discuss the feedback briefly and then there will be another chance to spar.
Everyone gets to coach on at least two of the calls and we do our best to balance out coaching time over the other four calls, but of course, if you raise your hand to coach more you can get more opportunities to spar and get feedback. Though we often find people learn as much if not more from observing and giving feedback. Actually, I personally think that giving feedback can be even more valuable than getting it because it forces you to think about what good coaching actually is. But we try to create a balance between all three sides, Coaching, Coached, Observing, because each adds to your deep understanding of the secret architecture of coaching.
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