Fale Dojo interview with Trainer, Gina Gee

Gina Gee is the first female trainer to join the Fale Dojo coaching staff. Gina brings her remarkable background and experience in combat fighting, adding significant skills and knowledge to the young lions’ three-month professional wrestling course. Gina also teaches her popular box fit and kickboxing classes to the general public. Born to a European Read More …

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Fale Dojo interview with Head Trainer, Tangi Ropati

Fale Dojo is excited to welcome Tangi Ropati on board as part of the coaching staff. Ropati brings a wealth of sporting achievements in rugby league, fitness, and bodybuilding. He is utilising his knowledge to teach the young lions about the importance of nutrition and also how to sculpture their bodies during the three-month pro Read More …

Walter Yeates’ Exclusive Interview With Ite Lemalu Of The Fale Dojo

Recently, I was interviewed by journalist Walter Yeates in an exclusive where I spoke about my role with Fale Dojo, the Dojo’s mission locally and globally, and partnership with New Japan Pro Wrestling. Here is the transcript to the article. ============================================= The following is an exclusive interview with Ite Lemalu, Media Relations Manager of the Read More …

Fale’s Pride – Aaron Solow to Compete at New Japan Showdown in San Jose

Fale Dojo is excited for one of its graduates, Aaron Solow. The young lion will be wrestling at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s ‘Showdown’ event in California, USA. Solow will be competing on both nights of the tour;  November 9th in San Jose, and November 11th in Los Angeles. This is a special milestone for Solow Read More …

Liam Fury – The Young Lion’s Journey

Liam Fury recently returned from the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in Tokyo where he underwent the three-month training programme. Fury and fellow young lion, Patrick Schischka graduated together from Fale Dojo’s professional wrestling course in May of this year. Following the completion of their training, the two graduates were chosen to advance to the Read More …

Fale Dojo interview with Tony Kozina

Tony Kozina has returned to New Zealand following three months travelling across the United States and Canada. During his time away, Kozina conducted wrestling seminars and competed on several wrestling cards (not forgetting his New Japan Pro Wrestling debut at the Southern Showdown tour in Sydney, Australia). Upon his return, Kozina resumed his role as Read More …

Fale’s Pride – Michael Richards to Compete at Upcoming NJPW Tour

Fale Dojo is excited for Michael Richards’ upcoming appearance at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s ‘Road to Destruction’ tour. Richards will be a participant in the ‘Young Lion Cup’ tournament which will take place on the ‘Destruction’ shows. This special competition will be exclusive to the young lions from the New Japan Dojo, Fale Dojo and Read More …

Fale’s Pride – Referee Lloyd Morgan’s NJPW Debut

‘Invest in Yourself’ is a motto that Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale and the Fale Dojo use as motivation within the Dojo community. This motto is a message of encouragement for people to seize the opportunity and work towards their goals regardless of how great the feat. Such was the case for Lloyd Morgan, a humble Read More …

Fale Dojo interview with “Switchblade” Jay White

It wasn’t too long ago when “Switchblade” Jay White was regarded as a ‘foreigner’. In one context, White is a foreigner (gaijin) to the New Japan Pro Wrestling landscape, and in a different context a foreigner to the western mainstream. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, a country which was once a thriving NWA territory in Read More …

Fale Dojo interview with “Sniper of the Skies” Robbie Eagles

Dedication, Respect, Sacrifice, Integrity, Hard Work and Fighting Warrior Spirit! These attributes are what the Fale Dojo trainers look for in a person that attends and takes part in a tryout. Robbie Eagles epitomised each of these qualities when he attended his first New Japan Pro Wrestling tryout in Melbourne, Australia, 2017. Nicknamed “Sniper of Read More …

Fale Dojo interview with “Mr Juicy” Gino Gambino

Adam Krustofski is a Fale Dojo graduate, he is also the Dojo’s Australian liaison. Krustofki’s role is to help set up Dojo try-outs in Australia and put forward talent to go through training via the Dojo system. Such names that have come through this pathway include Tome and Stevie Filip from Melbourne, and Andrew Villalobos Read More …

Interview with Fale Dojo referee Lloyd Morgan

The referee is a valuable component in a professional wrestling match. Tasked with the responsibility of cutting through the animosity between the wrestlers in physical conflict, the ref must ensure that the combatants compete within the boundaries of the rules and to conclusively resolve a winner. In the case of an exhibition, the referee normally Read More …

The Young Lions journey with Michael Richards and Andrew Villalobos

In October 2018, Michael Richards and Andrew Villalobos joined the ranks of the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in Tokyo. Prior to moving over to Japan, Richards and Villalobos first completed a three-month wrestling course at the Fale Dojo training facility, a partner of New Japan Pro Wrestling based in Auckland, New Zealand. As they Read More …

Interview with Fale Dojo Head Trainer Tony Kozina

Tony Kozina is a seasoned pro of the wrestling profession with more than 20 years experience. Nicknamed the “Canadian Cougar”, @TTKozina1 has wrestled extensively throughout North America, having captured many championships on his travels. Some of these accolades include multiple titles with the National Wrestling Alliance. Kozina is also an experienced fighter who is well versed Read More …

Fale’s Pride – Young Lions join NJPW Dojo

  The team at Fale Dojo have a new reason to be immensely proud of their most recent intakes: Michael Richards, Andrew Villalobos, Ben Payne, and Nathan McCarter have been accepted into the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo where they will receive further training in the hopes of achieving their ultimate ambition of competing on Read More …