Self Control and Social Skills for Children and Teens.
Welcome to Warrior Kids.
Warrior Kids was created by Tim Tipene in 1994.
Tim overcame an abusive, violent and traumatic childhood. He broke the cycle through a combination of Martial Arts training, Psychotherapy and Personal Development.
Tim consolidated his learning and experience to create the Warrior Kids programme.
For 27 years Tim has provided Warrior Kids to communities and schools, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.
Image - New Zealand Women's Weekly article, 2000
New Zealand Actor Teuila Blakely talks Warrior Kids, 2019
Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, Warrior Kids draws upon Maori warrior concepts and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instil confidence, respect and self-control, leading students to become masters of their lives.
Image - Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children Manual, 2011
Master Tim is a trained counsellor with a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 37 years has gained a number of Black Belt Dan ranks and teaching titles.
In 2013 Tim was inducted into the NZ Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
In 2015 Tim was recognised as a New Zealander of the year Local Hero, and received a medal for his contribution to the lives of others.
Master Tim is also an award winning children's author and inspirational speaker.
In the past he has been an advocate for adults with special needs, a self-defence instructor for women, and a facilitator of Anger Management and Living Without Violence programs for men.
Image - Warrior Kids beat their anger not other people.
New Zealand Herald article, 1999.
'As a parent observing, I have learnt also,'
- Warrior Kids Parent.
The renowned child centered class where the focus is on personal development. Warrior Kids is a high impact, full on, non-stop adventure for children and teens, involving games and challenges where students become champions of life.
Students learn in a nurturing and therapeutic environment, while also being challenged. There are times of sharing and reflection, times of practicing breathing and mindfulness exercises, times of exploring body work such as flexibility and agility exercises, and times of play.
Warrior Kids 2010.
Students learn life enhancing martial art skills. Warrior Kids is winning without causing defeat, teaching techniques of de-escalation and containment.
Weekly Warrior Classes with Master Tim
Warrior Kids weekly classes are specialised.
To ensure quality the number of students
is limited to just 6, so booking a space is essential.
Term 2 Classes 2021
3 May - 9 July
For children 5 - 12yrs
4pm - 5pm & 5pm - 6pm
4pm - 5pm
Thursday 5pm - 6pm
Fees are on a sliding scale. Families pay what they can afford.
Fees are paid in full for the term which secures a place in a class.
Book a trial class today!
For more information and to check the availability of classes submit your name and email address
Master Tim is assisted by
Taiyang Tipene, Black Belt 3rd Dan,
Tahlia Tipene, Black Belt 2nd Dan.
High achievers, Taiyang and Tahlia have been studying Warrior Kids since the age of 4 and both train in the Warrior Teen class.
Master Tim's regular Vlog for Warrior Kids
Farewell to my teacher, Mrs Battersby.
Being safe with
How to Parent yourself.
Being a Warrior Kid at home and at school.
Check out more from the
Warrior Kids Playlist.
Warrior Kids in action.
Hero, Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker.
Founder of Warrior Kids.
Tim Tipene, (Ngati Kuri/Ngati Whatua), was adopted into the Waitai-Tipene whanau as a toddler. He was raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European. Tim's immediate family were abusive and violent. His biological father was a convicted predator and violent offender who spent much of his life behind bars. It was only with the extended whanau that Tim felt loved.
Expelled from high school Tim went through a number of jobs, homes and relationships before he managed to find help to address his past.
With the aid of therapy Tim overcame his abusive and violent childhood and broke the cycle.
At 18 Tim started community work and has spent his life transforming the lives of others.
For 27 years Tim has been changing lives through his acclaimed Warrior Kids program, his award winning books and his inspirational talks. Tim has featured on television, radio and in various magazines and newspapers.
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Listen to an in depth interview with Tim from Radio NZ
To know more about Master Tim check out these books about his life.
Available at all good book stores.