Yes! Many Dojos are started and led by champions who don’t have programming skills. The champion is essentially the project manager of the Dojo and so needs to be comfortable with the administrative and organisational tasks involved in running the club.
It’s not necessary for champions to have coding/tech skills, but it is beneficial to learn the basics. There are lots of ways for you to get up to speed, for example:
Learn to code with some simple exercises!
Many champions and mentors familiarise themselves with some of these resources in advance of their first Dojo session and then apply their new knowledge at the Dojo.
Find skilled mentors
You can actively recruit technically skilled mentors to support you in your Dojo. Good places to start are local IT colleges/universities and tech companies. The more mentors with a wide range of skill sets you have, the more your Ninjas will benefit. You can find more suggestions for sourcing mentors in this article here.
A good approach when planning the content of your Dojo is to keep it quite simple in the beginning. You’ll pick up skills within a few sessions, and we usually find that most Ninjas progress very quickly and start teaching themselves soon enough!
See this article here for more instructions on how to set up a Dojo.