• Self Control and Social Skills

    For Children 5 - 12

    Changing lives for 24 years

  • About

    Warrior Kids

    Warrior Kids has changed the lives of thousands of children and their families. Warrior Kids was founded by Tim Tipene in 1994 in New Zealand, and has been teaching Self Control and Social Skills to Children for over 24 years.

    Warrior Kids offers...,

    Self Control - Social Skills - Self Regulation - Assertiveness

    Mindfulness - Emotional Awareness - Conflict Resolution - Self Protection 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.

    Warrior Kids is taught as a personal development and therapeutic art of de-escalation and restraint within a loving environment.

    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.

    Frustrated at the lack of support for children and young people Tim Tipene decided to do something about it. In 1994 at the age of 22, without any formal qualifications, funding or support, Tim created Warrior Kids to empower children.

    Tim has gone on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for over 24 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.


    '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


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

    Warrior Kids with

    Master Tim Tipene

    Due to an increasingly busy schedule, lessons with

    Master Tim are now limited and open to a select few.


    To have the unique and exclusive opportunity to learn from Master Tim through Warrior Kids,

    or teen and adult Toatoi lessons,

    inquire below using the contact form.


    Watch out for Master Tim's public seminars and workshops.

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  • Tim Tipene

    Founder and Master of Warrior Kids and Toatoi,

    Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker

    Tim Tipene

    Papa Tim

    Tim Tipene overcame a violent and abusive childhood and broke the cycle to become a renowned inspirational speaker, award winning author and the founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids program.


              Warrior Kids.

    In 1994 at the age of 22 Tim created Toatoi, a personal development and therapeutic art of de-escalation and restraint, and founded Warrior Kids, a Toatoi class for children. The aim of Warrior Kids is to empower Children and Youth with Self Control and Social Skills within a therapeutic and loving environment.


    Tim created Warrior Kids without any formal qualifications, funds or support, and has gone on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for over 24 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.


    Warrior Kids is for all children and is now being taught nationally and internationally. Tim became a trained counsellor and gained a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2000.



    Tim 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.


              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 is a part of the Sir Peter Blake Dream Team of Leaders.


    More facts about Tim


    Tim was adopted and raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European.

    His tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.

    • In 2013 Tim was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Warrior Kids.
    • In 2014 and 2015 Tim was recognised as a Kiwibank Local Hero and received a Medal in recognition of his contribution to the lives of others through Warrior Kids.
    • In 1994 Tim created Kura Toa Warrior School to house his Toatoi and Warrior Kids classes. 
    • Tim started martial arts at the age of 12 and over 30 years accumulated a total of 12 Black Belt Dan ranks and various teaching titles.
    • Tim started working in the community at the age of 19 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.

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


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  • The Blog

    News and articles.

    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

    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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