• Personal Development Martial Arts

    For Children 5 - 12yrs.

  • About

    Personal Development Martial Arts for Children

    Warrior Kids

    Self Control - Self Regulation - Social Skills - Assertiveness

    Mindfulness - Emotional Awareness - Conflict Resolution - Fun

    The renowned child centered Martial Arts Class where the focus is on personal development. Warrior Kids is a high impact, full on, non-stop adventure involving games and challenges where children become champions of life.

    Warrior Kids was created in 1994 by Tim Tipene who went on to provide it to communities and schools for over 23 years, changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.


    Warrior Kids is now being taught in communities and schools nationally and internationally. Look out for Warrior Kids near you.


    A teenage and adult version is also available. Visit PeaceMasters.

  • Classes

    Warrior Kids Classes with Tim Tipene

    Open to Parents and Caregivers

    Warrior Kids Classes with the founder run during school terms with a session each week after school. There are a number of class times available.

    Booking is essential as class numbers are limited and classes fill up fast. Warrior Kids Classes are ongoing and children are able to continue their learning and obtain belt ranks through to Black Belt 1st Dan and beyond. Fees for classes are paid in fill at the beginning of the term or before commencing training.

    Please Note: Warrior Kids is non-profit. Fees are kept affordable for families and do not cover the running costs of the program.

    Warrior Kids Workshops

    For a one off event

    Interactive Warrior Kids workshops for children with Tim Tipene.

    The titles of the 90 minute workshops include: Social Skills, Healthy Happy Anger, Assertiveness, Personal Safety, Mission Control and Action Station.


    Warrior Kids Instructor training workshops are also available for adults.

  • Books

    Warrior Kids Resources

    Warrior Kids:

    Warrior Training for Children

    by Tim Tipene
    Published 2009 by Libro International
    ISBN 978-1-877514-22-7
    Ebook ISBN 978-1-877514-41-8

    Warrior Kids is a pioneering programme that over the past 23 years has empowered thousands of children across New Zealand, many of them from challenged backgrounds. Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, the programme draws upon Maori concepts of the warrior and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instil confidence, respect and self-control, leading children to become masters of their lives.
    Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children features the complete ten sessions of the in-school programme in a format that instructors can apply to their own work with young people. Buy Now!

    Bullies and Warriors

    by Tim Tipene
    This edition published 2012 by Oratia Books,

    ISBN 978-1-877514-14-2, Ebook ISBN 978-1-877514-37-1
    First published 2006 as Warrior Kids by Reed Publishing,

    ISBN 1-86-948425-8

    Going to school is a misery for Sean. Whatever he does to avoid the school bully, Mark Thomas and his mates always catch up with him.
    Then the students join Warrior Kids, a program that teaches leadership and self control. So begins a journey for Mark and Sean that has a predictable outcome for one boy and a surprise for the other.
    In this revised novel, first published as Warrior Kids in 2006, Tim Tipene depicts the reality of bullying - and strategies to address it - for children on both sides of the problem.

    Bullies and Warriors is suitable for all ages 8 years and older. Buy Now!


  • Founder

    Founder of Warrior Kids & PeaceMasters, Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker

    Tim Tipene

    Ngati Kuri/Ngati Whatua

    A survivor of a violent and abusive childhood Tim broke the cycle and became a leader in the field of personal development and stopping violence. He is highly regarded for his work in the community and for his books that deal with social and environmental issues.


    In 1994 Tim started the Warrior Kids programme and went on to provide it to communities and schools for over 23 years, changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.

    Warrior Kids is non-profit and for 22 years Tim ran it without

    any form of community or government funding.


    Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 30 years accumulated a total of 12 Dan Black Belt ranks and various teaching titles. In 2013 Tim was inducted into the

    New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame.


    Tim is a trained counsellor with a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.


    Tim has worked in the security industry, has been a self-defence instructor for women, an advocate for intellectually challenged adults and a facilitator of Anger Management and Living Without Violence programmes for men.


    Tim is the award winning author of a number of New Zealand books including 'Hinemoa te toa', 'Taming the Taniwha' and

    'Haere, Farewell Jack, farewell'.


    Tim was awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero Medal in 2014 in recognition of his contribution to the lives of others.


    Tim has featured on television, radio and in various publications.

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