NJPW Dojo
Founded1972
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan; Carson, California
Founder(s)Antonio Inoki
Owner(s)New Japan Pro-Wrestling Co., Ltd.

The NJPW Dojo is a series of professional wrestling schools operated by the Japanese professional wrestling promotion New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). The original dojo, located in Tokyo, was founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. Junji Hirata, who competed in NJPW as the masked Super Strong Machine, is the current head trainer of the dojo's Tokyo location. Kuniaki Kobayashi serves as the caretaker of the Tokyo location. Katsuyori Shibata serves as the head trainer of the NJPW LA Dojo and Ring of Honor (ROH) wrestler serves as assistant trainer.

The NJPW Dojo is a professional wrestling school in Saitama, Saitama, Japan operated by New Japan Pro Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion based in Japan. Antonio Inoki founded the school, and previous head trainers of the academy include Kotetsu Yamamoto, Osamu Kido, Tatsumi Fujinami, Kengo Kimura, and Kazuo Yamazaki.[1][2][3]

History

On May 16, NJPW held a press conference to announce plans to establish a subsidiary company, including a dojo, in the United States.[4] A Los Angeles office was scheduled to be opened before the end of 2017, with a dojo scheduled to be opened at the start of 2018.[5] In March 2018, New Japan opened the NJPW LA Dojo, with Katsuyori Shibata serving as head trainer and Ring of Honor wrestler Scorpio Sky serving as assistant trainer.[6]

The premiere episode of NJPW Strong aired on August 7, 2020, broadcast live from NJPW's training dojo in Los Angeles, and streaming on NJPW's service NJPW World.[7] The event was held with no spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[8] On August 19, NJPW announced that Strong would be streaming on FITE TV in conjunction with NJPW World.[9]

Trainers

Notable graduates

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.cagematch.net/?id=8&nr=141
  2. ^ http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/Other_News_4/article_10746.shtml#.WHHrTFV96Uk
  3. ^ http://www.timeout.com/tokyo/sport-and-fitness/japanese-pro-wrestling
  4. ^ 戦略発表会で、木谷オーナーが「2020年の東京ドーム満員を目指す」とコメント!さらにアメリカへの“本格進出”、道場の設立も視野に!!. New Japan Pro-Wrestling (in Japanese). May 16, 2017. Archived from the original on May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  5. ^ 【新日LA】木谷オーナー「大成功、超成功。いずれは巡業スタイルも」. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). July 4, 2017. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Katsuyori Shibata to be Head Coach of New Japan Dojo in Los Angeles!". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. March 5, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "2020.08.07 NEW JAPAN CUP 2020 in the USA". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Bushiroad. August 7, 2020. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  8. ^ Vishwakoti, Anish (August 8, 2020). "8/7 NJPW Strong results: Anish V's review of Kenta vs. Karl Fredericks, Jeff Cobb vs. Tanga Loa, David Finlay vs. Chase Owens, and Brody King vs. Tama Tonga in New Japan Cup USA first round matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Last Row Media, LLC. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  9. ^ "Watch NJPW STRONG on FITE! 【NJoA】". New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Bushiroad. August 19, 2020. Retrieved August 21, 2020.