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 …

Going Rogue – The Transformation of Bad Luck Fale

On 4 April 2010, Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale made his New Japan Pro-Wrestling debut. Previous to this, Fale underwent two years of intense and vigorous training at the world-renowned NJPW Dojo, during which time he immersed himself in the Japanese culture; becoming fluent in the language as well as the Japanese strong style of professional Read More …

Fale Dojo 2020 September Intake

Fale Dojo / NJPW New Zealand Dojo welcomed the final intake for 2020. The three-month professional wrestling course commenced in the first week of September. The programme is led by Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale, New Japan Pro-Wrestling star, Head Trainer and founder of the Dojo. The coaching staff also includes Mark Tui, General Manager / Read More …

Fale Dojo 2020 February Intake – Part Two

As the Head Coach of the Fale Dojo three-month professional wrestling course, Tony Kozina is responsible for providing the young lions with their initial training. The objective is to introduce the lions to the Dojo lifestyle and teach a solid foundation that will prepare them on a path to one day pursue further training at Read More …

Jordan Allan-Wright – The First of Fale’s Pride

When the Fale Dojo facility opened in 2016, a core group of students helped establish the foundation of the three-month professional wrestling course. Jordan Allan-Wright was part of the first class. Wright has been in several integral roles over the years and has witnessed Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale’s vision come to fruition. In this article, Read More …

NEW BEGINNINGS AS FALE DOJO WELCOMES NEW ERA BECOMING NJPW NEW ZEALAND DOJO, NJPW NZ TRYOUTS IN MAY, NEW TRAINERS, NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH COCA-COLA!

FALE DOJO BECOMES NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING NEW ZEALAND DOJO: Fale Dojo (Auckland, NZ) is now an official part of the New Japan Pro Wrestling training system. Going forward internationally, the Dojo will now be known as NJPW New Zealand Dojo, however, locally, we will maintain our Fale Dojo brand. “The Dojo will be called 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 Dojo Exhibition #5: Silver Lion Showdown, December 7th 2019

Fale Dojo is proud to present Fale Dojo Exhibition #5: Silver Lion Showdown. The event will take place on December 7th at Fale Dojo, 66 Portage Road, Otahuhu, Auckland. The ‘Exhibition’ series was established in March of this year, as a way to give the students the experience to compete in wrestling matches while developing Read More …

Fale Dojo Exhibition #4 Recap

Fale Dojo Exhibition #4 took place on the 16th of November 2019. The event was complemented with the Dojo’s first Night Market that offered an assortment of food, as well as merchandise provided by Silver Lion Sports. The event began with Fale Dojo General Manager/Coach Mark Tui welcoming the audience and giving a brief background Read More …

Fale Dojo Exhibition #4 – Live Pro Wrestling, November 16

Fale Dojo, the home of New Zealand strong style is pleased to present the upcoming Fale Dojo Exhibition #4 event on November 16, at Fale Dojo, 66 Portage Road, Otahuhu, Auckland. Fale Dojo Exhibition #4 will showcase the brightest prospects in professional wrestling as they compete in strong style matches. Founded in 2016 by Head 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 …

Fale Dojo Exhibition #3 Recap

The third Fale Dojo ‘Exhibition’ event was held this past Labour weekend. The event consisted of seven matches which involved coaches and students from all levels of experience such as coaching staff, graduates, the young lions from the current September intake and a representative from the general wrestling class. The bouts were officiated by Lloyd 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’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 …