- Kaientai Dojo
name = Kaientai Dojo
acronym = K-DOJO
founder = Taka Michinoku
owner = Taka Michinoku
Kaientai Dojo (or K-DOJO for short) is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion and training facility owned and promoted by Taka Michinoku.
The promotion places emphasis on a new style of Puroresu that combines high-flying, technical wrestling and martial arts. This style was largely contributed to by Taka Michinoku and is gaining popularity in Japan and abroad. K-DOJO is also heavily influenced by American-style wrestling and places a large amount of importance on presentation. For instance, each Club-K 3000 show that K-DOJO runs is equipped with a large screen near the entrance gate, similar to the Titantron, where a short introductory vignette is played during each wrestler's entrance and where the crowd can follow the action on-screen. They have a home building that doubles as their training facility, Chiba Blue Field, where all of their Club-K 3000 shows are held.
Kaientai Dojo originated in 2001 as a small wrestling school in
Puerto Ricorun by Taka Michinoku. After Taka returned to Japan in 2002, he established the Japanese branch of Kaientai Dojo, which would soon become a wrestling promotion. The small federation grew over the years and is now an independent league that runs as a promotion, wrestling school and talent loan organization to various other leagues such as AJPW, Dragon Gateand Michinoku Pro.
Until recently, K-DOJO was separated into two distinct sides, GET and RAVE, which ran separate shows but often joined together during large shows and tours. GET was lead by Taka Michinoku while RAVE's leader was Hi69. After Hi69's departure, Taka Michinoku became commissioner of RAVE and 296 became commissioner of GET. On April 22, 2007, RAVE ran it's last show; the two brands merged and now run joint shows.
A particular aspect of K-DOJO is that it's one of the few wrestling promotions to feature both men and women. Women can wrestle in the same ring as men, either during mixed tag matches or even singles matches. Also, they can challenge for championship belts, something that would be unheard of in most wrestling promotions.
Kaientai Dojo roster.
* [http://www.k-dojo.co.jp/ K-DOJO Official Site (Japanese)]
* [http://www.geocities.com/getrave3000/ K-DOJO Fan Site (English)]
* [http://sikujita.fc2web.com/frame.html K-DOJO Fan Site (Japanese)]
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