Fale Dojo 2021 Reopening

Fale Dojo 2021 General Community Classes, Schedule and Trainers.  Fale Dojo is ready to once again offer its world-class training and fitness programme to the New Zealand public through the General Community classes. As a fitness facility, the Dojo is equipped to offer a wide variety of classes aimed at building up people’s fitness, their 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 …

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 the 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 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 (NJPW) landscape, and in a different context a foreigner to the western mainstream. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, a country which was once a thriving territory of the 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 …

Johnny Gardner – When You Invest in Yourself and Others

Johnny Gardner is one of many students to train at Fale Dojo where he participated in the three-month professional wrestling course. Gardner, a New Zealander was living in Brisbane, Australia when he returned to take part in the September 2018 intake. “I grew up between Auckland and a little town called Kaeo in the far Read More …

Interview with Bad Luck Fale

This article discusses the baddest man in pro wrestling, Bad Luck Fale. Along with his fellow Tongans, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, and Hikuleo, this Polynesian branch of the Bullet Club are causing all sorts of havoc at the New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax tournament series. Although Fale is currently a prominent topic of discussion in Read More …

New Zealand Strong Style, Japanese Strong Style – Leading With Empathy and Integrity

We are living in interesting times, the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down much of the world. In New Zealand, the government led by our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, took the extra precaution of instituting a nationwide lockdown at the highest alert level – 4. This was done to slow down the threat of the coronavirus 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 …

Fale Dojo 2020 February Intake – Part One

The Fale Dojo’s first intake for 2020 began training on the second week of February. As always with every class, a large portion of the young lions converge on South Auckland, New Zealand from all over the world to receive training from Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale, founder and Head Trainer and his world-class coaching staff Read More …

Patrick Schischka – The Young Lion’s Journey

2019 was a year of significant milestones for Patrick Schischka. From his formal training at the Fale Dojo and the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo to wrestling on the Liger Down Under card; Schischka shares in generous and immaculate detail about his young lion’s journey. Fale Dojo February 2019 Intake Prior to joining the three-month Read More …

Fale Dojo interview with Trainer, Vik Pawaar

Vik Pawaar was one of the first to train at Fale Dojo when its Auckland premises opened 2016. As a graduate of the inaugural three-month professional wrestling course, Pawaar learned the Japanese strong style directly from Toks ‘Bad Luck’ Fale. This discipline complemented Pawaar’s background in powerlifting and MMA, as well as his most recent Read More …

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 professional Read More …