Topics: Boxing, MMA - Mixed Martial Arts

He Toa Sport combat school to close doors

By Taroi Black
  • Wellington

School of combat “He Toa Sport” is closing its doors after 27 years of establishment.

The school was founded by Martin Stirling, an advocate for youth in the Wellington community.

"I am shattered about that because it has provided me with a good living over the past 27 years."

Only last week, Martin Stirling made the decision to close down the school due to the cost of keeping He Toa going.

It's a gym that caters to kick boxers, sumo fighters and wrestlers.

“I didn’t want to leave the legacy or younger people having to take the task of keeping the bills paid,” says Stirling.

The school was established in 1988 to help get the youth of Lower Hutt and Petone off the streets and they have had positive results.

Stirling is 67 years old but says he has plenty more to offer.

He says, “I want to leave with a clean slate but pass on the legacy of something more solid to the younger generation.”