Lion’s Roar – Episode 6 recap

The ChefWhile training at the NZ Dojo, Warren Walters discovered the similarities between the Dojo’s training system and his background as a chef of 17 years. The hierarchy and the bonds that are formed are essential to the system in both disciplines.  Many years ago, Walters injured his shoulder in a car accident. Unfortunately for Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 5 recap

Cigar and Whiskey After a month of intense training, Toks Fale is having a wind down at his waterfront apartment in Auckland city. Week 5 At the NZ Dojo facility, the trainees are in the middle of a very rigorous workout. Some members of the class appear hurt; however, the pain has not stopped them Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 4 recap

The South From Dunedin in NZ’s South Island comes AJ Visagie. The culture and landscape between South Auckland and Dunedin are vastly different due to Dunedin’s cold climate and landscape. The culture also has a strong Britishness about the city. Visagie a native of Dunedin, came to the NZ Dojo, to gain some life experience Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 3 recap

The Hill One Tree Hill is one of many landmarks where the NZ Dojo trainees hold their outdoor workouts. Located in central Auckland, this volcanic peak span 182 metres (597 feet) and 20 square kilometres (7.7 square metres). For this workout, the trainees had to run together in a line around the entire area ten Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 2 recap

Family Ties The trainees are shown at the NZ Dojo house (located in Mangere, South Auckland) doing various chores around the property. The Dojo house was previously the family home of Toks Fale where he grew up; subsequently converted into a dormitory for the trainees. Fale shared that as one of eleven siblings, the family Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 1 recap

Lion’s Roar premiered with Toks Fale introducing himself and giving a brief history of his journey as the first non-Japanese wrestler to train at and successfully graduate through the world-renowned NJPW system in Tokyo. By immersing himself in the training and the Japanese culture, Fale earned the respect of NJPW and was able to open Read More …

NZ Dojo Lion’s Roar Docuseries Now Streaming On NJPW World

Lion’s Roar, a New Japan Pro-Wrestling docuseries based on New Japan’s New Zealand Dojo is now available on the NJPW World streaming service. Lion’s Roar is a weekly docuseries that follows young hopefuls of the NZ Dojo professional wrestling training course as they compete for a prestigious contract with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Toks Fale, Head Read More …

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 …

Oskar’s Odyssey

Oskar Münchow first arrived at Fale Dojo / NJPW NZ Dojo in 2019. Münchow travelled to New Zealand from Hamburg, Germany to chase his dream to become a professional wrestler. At 20 years of age and standing at 6 feet 5 inches, young Münchow immersed himself in the Dojo’s intense training regime for a full Read More …

Derrick Shaw – A Journey to Reset and Refocus

In February 2020, Derrick Shaw came to Fale Dojo / NJPW NZ Dojo from Portland, Oregon, USA with a particular set of goals in mind. One of which was to advance his outlook as a professional wrestler. To get to that next level, Shaw embarked on an arduous journey to reset and refocus. Shaw trained Read More …