• Self Control and Social Skills

    For Children and Teens

    Changing lives since 1994

  • Warrior Kids

    A Personal Development and Therapeutic Martial Arts Class for Children and Teens offering

    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.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

    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.

    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids

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

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

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

    Warrior Kids is Tim's Toatoi class for children.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

    Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, Toatoi draws upon Maori warrior concepts and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to instill confidence, respect and self-control, leading students to become masters of their lives.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

    For 26 years Tim 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.

    Today Tim runs Warrior Kids from his own private studio working with only 6 students at a time.

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

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

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    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids

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

    - Warrior Kids Parent.




  • Classes

    Warrior Kids with Master Tim

    Award winning Author and Inspirational Speaker

    As well as writing award winning books and giving inspirational

    talks to audiences around the country, Tim runs Warrior Kids classes in West Auckland.


    Warrior Kids is a specialised class.

    To ensure quality the number of students in Tim's classes

    are limited to just 6, so booking a space is essential.

    Term 1 Warrior Kids 2020

    3 February - 9 April

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

    4pm - 5pm & 5pm -6pm


    Please Note: The Thursday 5pm session is a Toatoi class for teens 12 years of age and above.


    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.

    A trail class is $20


    For more information and to check the availability of classes submit your name and email address

    Assistant Instructors

    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 Toatoi teen class.

    Tim Tipene with Taiyang and Tahlia Tipene

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  • PeaceMasters

    Toatoi and Warrior Kids are also known as PeaceMasters. Through the study of Toatoi students become masters of peace. Individual progress in Toatoi and Warrior Kids is acknowledged via belt grades up to Black Belt and beyond.

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    The Black Belt of Peace

    This is the first Black Belt students achieve in Toatoi and Warrior Kids. It grounds the student in self control and self mastery, and sets the path for further learning and grades.

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    PeaceMaster Award

    The PeaceMaster Award is given to students who demonstrate an act of outstanding bravery, service, kindness or personal strength.

  • Teaching

    Guidance and support for those teaching or who are wanting to teach Warrior Kids.

    Become certified. Contact us for information on training opportunities

    Warrior Kids Tim Tipene

    Warrior Kids

    Warrior Training for Children

    The Manual

    Features the complete ten sessions of the in-school program in a format that anyone can apply to their own work with young people.

    Click to buy now

    Tim talks Session One

    Tim takes you through a simplified first

    session of the school program.

    Where the idea came from

    Tim explains where the idea for

    Warrior Kids came from. 2015.

    Warrior Kids Philosophy

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

    Warrior Kids

    High & Low Point

    Tim talks about the Sharing Circle in Warrior Kids,

    and the High and Low point.

    Bullies and Warriors Tim Tipene

    Bullies and Warriors

    A Warrior Kids Novel

    A great introduction to Warrior Kids.

    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.

    Click to buy now.

  • Book Store

    Warrior Kids for the Home, Classroom and Community.

    Written by Warrior Kids founder Tim Tipene.

    The Wooden Fish
    Hanseni wants to help his mother and father but he's too little. Then one day the fishermen of the village return with no fish and the villagers have to go hungry. As each day passes there is still no food for the village. How can Hanseni help his village and make his father happy again? The Wooden Fish is a beautifully told story about a special gift from a son to his father. Illustrated by Jennifer Cooper. A Storylines Notable Book for 2000. First published 1996 by Learning Media. Re-published 1999 by Reed Publishing.
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    Coming soon
    Haere, Farewell Jack farewell
    A death is mourned, a birth is celebrated, and a little girl sees that life comes full circle. A poetic and moving tale by Tim Tipene, with evocative illustrations by Huhanna Smith. Haere received the Picture Book Honour Award at the 2006 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. It was also named as one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University, 2010. Published 2005 by Huia Publishers.
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    Rewa finds his Wings
    Rewa works at a job he doesn't enjoy. He often imagines being a bird and flying away. His worried mother sends him to a Tohunga, a wise man. The Tohunga grants Rewa his wish. Rewa flits as a Piwaiwaka, swoops as a Kereru and dances through the air as a Tui. Then even the Tohunga cannot bring him back to earth as Rewa flies higher and higher. Illustrated by Jo Thapa. Published 2008 by Raupo Publishing.
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    In this powerful novel for teenagers, 16-year-old Jahnine is having to fend for herself amidst a series of family misfortunes, with her mother in hospital battling cancer and her brother gone without a trace. Family legend has it that a Patu taken during the Land Wars by her great-great-grandfather has left a curse on them. Determined to return the Patu and lift the curse, Jahnine turns to a strange Maori boy, Andy, and follows him away from Auckland to try and put things right. Nothing turns out the way she imagines in this powerful, realistic novel.
    Published 2012 by Oratia Books.
    Coming soon
    Maui - Sun Catcher
    Imaginative, powerful and fun, Maui - Sun Catcher is award-winning author Tim Tipene's modern take on the classic story of Maui catching the sun, with vivid illustrations by well-known illustrator Zak Waipara. This handsome hardback is in English and Maori. A Storylines Notable book for 2017.

    Author: Tim Tipene
    Illustrator: Zak Waipara
    Translator: Rob Ruha
    Publisher: Oratia Books, 2016
    ISBN: 978-0-947506-14-8
    Specs: 270 x 210 mm portrait, HB, 32 pp, colour
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    Taming the Taniwha
    Tama needs to find out just how to tame the meanest, greenest taniwha he's ever met. A great book for kids to explore different methods of dealing with bullies and an effective tool to generate discussion. Illustrated by Henry Campbell. Taming the Taniwha was selected for the White Ravens International Youth Library Catalogue as one of the world's top 250 children's books for 2002. It was also named as one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University, 2010. Published 2001 by Huia Publishers.
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    Hinemoa te toa
    Hinemoa was tough. 'I am a warrior,' she'd say, 'Hinemoa te toa - just like my ancestors.' Is there anything Hinemoa is afraid of. Illustrated by John Bennett. Hinemoa te toa received two awards at the 2009 LIANZA Children's Book Awards: Te Tohu Pounamu mo te wahanga Kaiwhakamaori and Te Tohu Taurapa mo te whahanga Pukapuka Pikitia. Published 2008 by Scholastic New Zealand.
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    Kura Toa Warrior School
    In this 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.
    Coming soon
    Bullies and Warriors
    A Warrior Kids Novel by Tim Tipene.
    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.
    Coming soon
    Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children
    This Manual written by Tim Tipene and published by Oratia Books features the complete ten sessions of the in-school 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 23 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.
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  • Tim Tipene

    Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker.

    Founder of Warrior Kids and Toatoi.

    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 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 17 Tim started community work and has spent his life transforming the lives of others.


    For 26 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.


    Some facts about Tim

    • Tim became a trained counsellor and gained a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2000.
    • 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 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.

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