Warrior Wrestling director Antony Khan. Photos: Supplied/Brad Fisher.
A new wrestling academy is open for business in New Zealand.
Warrior Wrestling in Auckland aims to show people that through hard work and determination, they can achieve their dreams.
It also seeks to provide professional, international level training to Kiwis wanting to learn the art of wrestling.
The idea to open the academy came from a conversation between Antony Khan and Aaron Henare.
Both men have an extensive background in wrestling.
Aaron is a national champion and is currently signed to international wrestling promotion, New Japan Pro Wrestling. Read more about Aaron here.
Antony is the director and financial backer of Warrior Wrestling.
In February this year, he was part of a European tour for wrestling, which was cut short due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“When given the news that New Zealand was closing its boarders, I decided it was best I returned home to New Zealand.”
He says there is very little in terms of wrestling training in New Zealand, therefore it’s hard for people to train in the sport.
“During lockdown, I was discussing with Aaron the experience that we’ve both had in the international world of wrestling over the last 10 years.”
Antony, right, picture here with international wrestling star and national champion Aaron Henare.
This discussion lead to the idea of opening a training school, where they can provide the option of wrestling as a sport in the communities that the pair grew up in.
“Aaron and I have the goal to bring training designed and run by professionals to NZ.
“This will give the people opportunities that I travelled the world for, right here in New Zealand.
“Also, we want to build a culture about ‘fighting spirit’ and pushing yourself beyond your limits to achieve more.
“We want our culture to become a part of the every-day lives of our trainees, showing them that they can achieve their goals through hard work and determination.”
The Training Program has been developed by Aaron, who is also our head trainer.
Te Iti Kahurangi Davis is in charge of day to day operations of the company.
“I, as the director oversee everything.”
People who want to join can do so at www.warriorwrestling.co.nz.
Classes are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“Our doors are open to trainees from 6pm and training starts at 7pm.
“By next year, we aim to be open all days of the week.”