New Japan Pro-Wrestling is expanding its dojo with New Zealand now having one.
During a big press conference that saw the announcement of the lineups for several shows, NJPW Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced that there will be a NJPW Dojo in Auckland, New Zealand. Tryouts are set to to take place on May 9 and 10.
At a press conference in Tokyo today, New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced the establishment of a new Dojo in Auckland New Zealand. The Dojo sees NJPW establish training facilities in Oceania to join Dojos in Noge Japan and Los Angeles in the USA that in the words of Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi meet the same ‘goal to nurture talent with a resolve and commitment to excellence’.
‘The Dojo will be called New Japan Pro-Wrestling New Zealand Dojo,’ Sugabayashi continued. ‘Currently in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, Bad Luck Fale, Jay White, Robbie Eagles and Toa Henare all represent Oceanic nations. We plan for the the next generation of NJPW stars to be born in this new Dojo.’
As the new Dojo opens, a tryout will take place on May 9 & 10. More details will follow in the near future.
Back in March 2017, NJPW partnered with the New Zealand-based Fale Dojo, a pro wrestling training facility run by Bad Luck Fale. This is the latest location outside of Japan to have an official New Japan Dojo. A dojo was established in California with Katsuyori Shibata serving as the head trainer.
As for some of the other news that were announced in the press conference, the full lineups for the New Japan Road shows on February 20 and 21, as well as the Tiger Hattori and Manabu Nakanishi retirement shows, have been unveiled.