Yes! Many Dojos are started and led by champions who do not have knowledge of coding. The champion is essentially the ‘Project Manager’ of a Dojo, who is comfortable with the administrative and organisational tasks involved in running the club. While it is not strictly necessary for champions to have coding / tech skills, it is beneficial for them to learn the basics.
There are several ways for champions to get up to speed, as outlined below.
Learn code with some simple exercises!
Many champions and mentors familiarise themselves with these resources in advance of their Dojo and then apply this knowledge to their sessions.
Find skilled mentors
You can actively seek technically skilled mentors to support you in your Dojo. The more mentors you have, the more your ninjas will benefit from a wide range of skill sets. You can find suggestions for sourcing mentors in this article here. For sourcing skilled mentors, good places to start are local IT colleges / universities, and tech companies.
A good approach when planning the content of a Dojo is to keep it quite simple in the beginning. You will be surprised at what you can pick up after a few exercises. What we usually find is that the ninjas progress very quickly and often end up teaching themselves after a few sessions!
You can see this article here for more instructions on how to set up a Dojo.