NZ Strong Style – An Ally, Not A Colony: The Birth of New Japan Tamashii

NZ Strong Style – An Ally, Not A Colony: The Birth of New Japan Tamashii

This past weekend was a historic time in New Zealand sports and its Pacific neighbours. New Japan Tamashii debuted in...
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Fale Dojo Exhibition XI Recap

Fale Dojo Exhibition XI Recap

Tony Kozina, Pro-Wrestling Head Coach invited the young lions to the ringside area to kick off Exhibition XI, held at...
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King Haku – Celebrating 30 Years

King Haku – Celebrating 30 Years

This article looks back over 30 years to the coronation of King Haku. I can imagine that some people may...
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NZ Dojo 2022 June Intake

NZ Dojo 2022 June Intake

Fale Dojo / NZ Dojo welcomed the second student intake of 2022 with training commencing in the second week of...
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Fale Dojo Exhibition X Recap

Fale Dojo Exhibition X Recap

Fale Dojo celebrated its tenth Exhibition student showcase. The Exhibition series has been a staple in the development of the...
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Fale Dojo Exhibition IX Recap

Fale Dojo Exhibition IX Recap

Fale Dojo presented a night of NZ strong style professional wrestling with the ninth edition of the Exhibition showcase series....
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Fale Dojo Exhibition Round Robin Recap

Fale Dojo Exhibition Round Robin Recap

Fale Dojo held the Exhibition Round Robin event on May 14, at the Dojo facility in Otahuhu, Auckland. Prior to...
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Fale Dojo Presents Exhibition Round Robin, May 14 2022

Fale Dojo Presents Exhibition Round Robin, May 14 2022

Fale Dojo will be holding the Exhibition Round Robin wrestling event on May 14, 2022, at the Fale Dojo facility...
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Oskar – The Odyssey Continues

Oskar – The Odyssey Continues

Since arriving on the wrestling scene in November 2021, Fale Dojo / NZ Dojo graduate, Oskar Münchow has been working...
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Lion’s Roar – Discipline, Heart, and Destination

Lion’s Roar – Discipline, Heart, and Destination

Lion’s Roar, the New Japan Pro-Wrestling 12 part docuseries, shared an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at NJPW’s NZ Dojo. Led by...
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Lion’s Roar – Episode 10 recap

The day at the NZ Dojo house began with Dan Puru enjoying a morning boogie while his new roommate Mitch Schoemaker clapped along. However, the household was not aware of the bad luck that was headed their way. Wake-Up CallCoaches Toks Fale and Tony Kozina arrived at the Dojo house bringing with them an empty Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 9 recap

Week 9 – The Lock DownA mandatory isolation bubble for everyone in New Zealand was put in place. Members of the NZ Dojo young lions programme could choose to live in only one bubble. Richard Mulu revealed that half of the trainees were living at the NZ Dojo house in Mangere East, while the other Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 8 recap

Footage from last week’s Exhibition event showed family and friends of Daniel Puru at ringside, watching him compete. Puru shared that his friends were oblivious of his ability to grapple, He jokingly responded that it was because they had never seen him in a fight before. The Soul TakerTangi Ropati, the Strength & Conditioning Coach Read More …

Lion’s Roar – Episode 7 recap

The Exhibition – The Night BeforeThe trainees were at the NZ Dojo setting up the facility in preparation for the Exhibition show. Andrew Villalobos, the Senior Lion explained there were some major improvements amongst the trainees over the last couple of days after they overcame some setbacks. One of which was the letting go of Read More …

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 …