The Fighting Spirit of Yuto Nakashima

The journey of Yuto Nakashima is one that is remarkably rare. Nakashima, a former professional Mix Martial Arts fighter in his native Japan, crossed over to professional wrestling with a particular goal of joining the ranks of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Nakashima took part in two try-outs to train at the New Japan Dojo in Tokyo, Read More …

NJPW NZ Dojo 2021 October Intake

Fale Dojo / NJPW New Zealand Dojo welcomed the final intake for 2021. Beginning on the first week of October, the three-month professional wrestling training course is led by Toks Fale, aka ‘Rogue General’ Bad Luck Fale of New Japan Pro-Wrestling. As Head Trainer, Fale is joined by his coaching staff comprised of Mark Tui Read More …

NJPW NZ Dojo 2021 July Intake – Part 3

As the Head Coach of Pro-Wrestling at Fale Dojo / NJPW NZ Dojo, Tony Kozina is responsible for shaping the minds and abilities of the young lions. His objective is to ensure that the lions are always on point with their training and are being pushed to do more with each session. Kozina’s expectations go Read More …

NJPW NZ Dojo 2021 July Intake – Part 2

The addition of Strength & Conditioning training at the beginning of 2020 has been a focal part of the Fale Dojo / NJPW NZ Dojo three-month professional wrestling training course. As the head of this discipline, Tangi Ropati oversees, with great attention, the physical and nutritional development of the young lions. “The young lions for Read More …

NJPW NZ Dojo 2021 July Intake – Part 1

The NJPW New Zealand Dojo welcomed the second intake of 2021 which commenced on the first week of July. The three-month professional wrestling training course is designed and led by Toks Fale aka ‘Rogue General’ Bad Luck Fale, Dojo Co-Director, and New Japan Pro-Wrestling star. He is joined by his coaching staff of Mark Tui, Read More …

Fale Dojo 2021 February Intake

Fale Dojo / NJPW New Zealand Dojo welcomed the first intake for 2021. Having commenced on the 15th of February, the three-month professional wrestling training course is constructed and led by Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale, New Japan Pro-Wrestling star, co-owner and Head Trainer of Fale Dojo. He is joined by his coaching staff consisting of Read More …

Fale Dojo Boxing Team Victorious At Fight Night Event

The Fale Dojo Boxing Team, under the guidance of Frank ‘the Tank’ Masoe, competed recently at the HardKnocks 13 Fight Night event promoted by HardKnocks Boxing. Auckland’s ABA stadium, the site of HardKnocks 13 was electrifying; packed with an all-inclusive, family-friendly crowd high in anticipation of the three-hour action-packed event that was about to take Read More …

Hikuleo – Product of the Fale Dojo and NJPW Dojo Pathway

When the Fale Dojo professional wrestling training school was created by Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale in 2016, his initial purpose was to present it to his community so that young people could pursue the same opportunities that he had. As the first non-Japanese graduate of the New Japan Pro-Wrestling Dojo, Fale recognised the significant parallels Read More …

NZ Strong Style – An Ally, Not A Colony, Part II

This article is a follow up to a piece published in November 2018. Titled NZ Strong Style – An Ally, Not A Colony, it discussed how the New Zealand and Australian wrestling scenes would potentially flourish as allies of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, as opposed to the scenario of being colonies of World Wrestling Entertainment’s NXT  Read More …

Fale Dojo interview with Gino Gambino

Gino Gambino is a Fale Dojo / NJPW New Zealand Dojo graduate, he is also the Dojo’s Australian liaison. Gambino’s role is to help set up Dojo try-outs in Australia and put forward talent to go through training via the Dojo system. Names such as Andrew Villalobos from Sydney and Jake Taylor from Melbourne have Read More …