• Self Control and Social Skills

    For Children and Teens

    Changing lives for 25 years

  • About

    Warrior Kids

    Self Control - Social Skills - Self Regulation - Assertiveness - Resilience - Mindfulness - Emotional Skills - Conflict Resolution - Self Protection & Martial Art Skills - Fun

    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, 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. Also students learn life enhancing martial art skills. Warrior Kids is winning without causing defeat, teaching techniques of de-escalation and containment.


    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 instill confidence, respect and self-control, leading children to become masters of their lives.


    A survivor of a violent and abusive childhood, Tim broke the cycle through a combination of Martial Arts training, Psychotherapy and Personal Development. Tim consolidated his learning and experience to create Toatoi, (Warrior Art), a holistic form of therapeutic personal development and self mastery.


    Tim established Kura Toa Warrior School in 1994 to house his Toatoi classes, including the renowned Warrior Kids program.

    Tim went on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for 25 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.

    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 35 years has gained a number of Black Belt Dan ranks and teaching titles.


    'A warrior is one who can face the challenges of life.

    One who can be with their emotions and their vulnerabilities.

    One who is not afraid to address the past,

    and who can engage fully in life and in relationship.

    For me to overcome my abusive childhood and

    break the cycle of violence I had to be a Warrior.

    To heal may mean to cry a river.

    Only a warrior could do that.'

    - Tim Tipene

    (Founder of Warrior Kids)


    Warrior Kids runs each school term meaning that the program is ongoing and that families are able to continue attending beyond the initial 10 weeks. Individual progress in Warrior Kids is acknowledged via belt grades up to Black Belt and beyond.


    'As a parent observing, I have learnt also,'

    - Warrior Kids Parent.




  • Classes

    Warrior Kids with

    Master Tim Tipene

    Master Tim is back from touring schools and communities and his focus is now on running classes.

    Warrior Kids is a specialised class.To ensure quality class numbers are limited to 6 - 8 students, so booking a space is essential.


    Term 2 Class Times - 30 April - 5 July

    Warrior Kids

    For Children 5-12 yrs


    4pm-5pm (Class is full)

    5pm-6pm (Spaces available)



    4pm-5pm (2 spaces left)


    Teen Warrior Class


    6pm - 7pm (Spaces available)


    Visit the Kura Toa website for more info

    on the Teen Warrior Class



    Students wear loose clothing for training and

    bring a bottle of water as it is thirsty work.


    A registration form can be filled in

    when students arrive at their first class.

    Fees are on a sliding scale and are paid in full for the term to secure a place in a class.


    For your child or teen to have the opportunity to learn from Master Tim through Warrior Kids or the Teen Warrior Class inquire below using the contact form.

    Warrior Kids Instructors Taiyang, Tim and Tahlia Tipene

    Assistant Instructors

    Master Tim is assisted by Taiyang Tipene, Black Belt 3rd Dan, and 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 Teen Warrior Class.

  • Books

    Warrior Kids for the Home, Classroom and Community.

    Written by Warrior Kids founder Tim Tipene.

    Warrior Kids

    Warrior Training for Children

    This Manual published by Oratia Books features the complete ten sessions of the in-school Warrior Kids program in a format that anyone can apply to their own work with young people.

    Bring Warrior Kids to your Community!

    Warrior Kids is a pioneering programme that for over 25 years has empowered thousands of children across New Zealand, many of them from challenged backgrounds. Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, the program draws upon Maori concepts of the warrior and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instill confidence, respect and self-control.


    Bullies and Warriors

    A Warrior Kids Novel for children.

    This edition published 2012 by Oratia Books.
    This novel depicts the reality of bullying - and strategies to address it - for children on both sides of the problem.
    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.
    Bullies and Warriors is suitable for all ages 8 years and older.

    Kura Toa

    Warrior School

    A Novel for young adults

    Haki must confront his fears and find a way to answer the challenge to serve his people, to serve his land, to fight a Taniwha and, ultimately, to become a warrior. An imiginative expression of Tim Tipene's warrior philosophy. First published 2004 by Reed Publishing. Re-published 2009 by Oratia Books.

    Warrior Kids

    The original Warrior Kids Novel

    for children

    Published 2006 by Reed Publishing NZ Ltd.

    Re-published 2012 as Bullies and Warriors.

    For more books by

    Tim Tipene visit


  • Tim Tipene

    Founder and Master of Warrior Kids and Ninja Ryu,

    Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker

    Tim Tipene

    Master Tim

    Tim Tipene 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.

    Through a combination of therapy, martial arts and personal development, Tim overcame his abusive and violent childhood and broke the cycle. He has spent his life transforming the lives of others, often without any form of payment.


    For 25 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.


              Warrior Kids.

    In 1994 at the age of 22, Tim was unemployed and had no fixed abode. Without any formal qualifications or funding, Tim consolidated his learning and experience and started the Warrior Kids program to help kids in his community. Tim went on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for 25 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. In all that time Tim's Warrior Kids classes only ever received 6 months of funding.


    In 2006, Tim's 'Warrior Kids' novel for children was published.

    It was re-released in 2012 as 'Bullies and Warriors'.

    In 2011, Tim's Manual 'Warrior Kids, Warrior Training for Children' was published allowing Warrior Kids to be taught nationally and internationally. Tim became a trained counsellor and gained a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2000.



    Tim was first published in 1996. He is the author of ten books, five of which have won awards, including the picture books for children - Maui - Sun Catcher, Hinemoa te toa, Taming the Taniwha, Haere and The Wooden Fish. Tim's other books include Rewa finds his Wings, and the novels, Kura Toa Warrior School and Patu.


              Inspirational Speaker.

    For two decades Tim has been sharing his inspirational story

    of overcoming a violent and abusive childhood and breaking the cycle with audiences both young and old.

    Tim speaks in schools through Duffy Books in Homes, Storylines, the NZ Book Council and Getting Kids into Books. Tim was a speaker at the 2017 Auckland Writers Festival and has been a part of the Sir Peter Blake Dream Team of Leaders.


    More facts about Tim

    Tim's tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.

    • In 2013 Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
    • In 2014 Tim was recognised as a Kiwibank Local Hero and received a Medal in recognition of his contribution to the lives of others.
    • Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 35 years has gained a number of Black Belt Dan ranks and teaching titles.
    • Tim started working in the community at the age of 18 when he became a live in support person for adults with special needs for Mt Tabor Trust.
    • Tim has also 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.

    Visit www.timtipene.com for more information

  • News

    Keep up to date with Warrior Kids.

    Tim Tipene has been changing the lives of thousands of NZ children and their families for 25 years and he's done it without funding. In 1994 at the age of 22, Tim was unemployed and had no fixed abode. Without any formal qualifications or funding, Tim started the Warrior Kids program to help...
    July 28, 2018 · Warrior Kids,Tim Tipene,Self Control,Social Skills,Parenting
    Tim Tipene writes about the importance of accountability within the martial arts, and the responsibility to the community that martial arts schools must consider. This article was published in the New Zealand Martial Arts Magazine, April/May 1999. The Martial Art's teacher/student relationship...
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  • Videos

    Parents talk

    Warrior Kids


    Parents share their experience of Warrior Kids, 2015.

    Auckland Writers Festival, 2017

    Warrior Kids Founder Tim Tipene speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival, 2017.

    TVNZ talk Warrior Kids

    Tim Tipene talks Warrior Kids on TVNZ's Good Morning, 16 November 2011.

    Where the idea came from

    Tim Tipene explains where the idea for Warrior Kids came from. 2015.

    Warrior Kids Philosophy

    Tim Tipene describes the philosophy of his programme for children. 2015.

    Warrior Kids

    High & Low Point

    Tim Tipene talks about the Sharing Circle in Warrior Kids, and the High and Low point.

    Warrior Kids

    Session 1

    Warrior Kids Session 1, revised. Tim Tipene takes you through a simplified first session of the school program. For those running and those wanting to run the Warrior Kids program.

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