• Self Control and Social Skills

    For Children and Teens

    Changing lives for 25 years

  • Warrior Kids

    Self Control - Social Skills - Self Regulation - Assertiveness - Resilience - Mindfulness -

    Emotional Skills - Conflict Resolution - Self Protection & Martial Art Skills - Fun

    Actor Teuila Blakely talks Warrior Kids.

    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 with 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 teaching 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 fun with Tim Tipene

    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.

    Warrior Kids stretching with 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 Warrior Kids.


    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.

    Warrior Kids lessons with Tim Tipene
    Warrior Kids Founder Tim Tipene

    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

    Award winning Author and Inspirational Speaker

    25 Years of Warrior Kids.

    Nowadays, when Master Tim isn't writing award winning books or giving inspirational talks to audiences around the country, he runs classes for a small number of students in West Auckland.

    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 teen class, Kura Toa Warrior School.

    Tim Tipene with Taiyang and Tahlia Tipene

    For Teen Classes visit

  • Books

    Warrior Kids for the Home, Classroom and Community.

    Written by Warrior Kids founder Tim Tipene.

    Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children, 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.


    Warrior Kids novel, Bullies and Warriors, by Tim Tipene

    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.

    Hinemoa te toa, by Tim Tipene

    Hinemoa te toa

    Picture Book

    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.
    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. Published 2008 by Scholastic New Zealand.

    Kura Toa Warrior School, by Tim Tipene

    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 imaginative expression of Tim Tipene's warrior philosophy. First published 2004 by Reed Publishing. Re-published 2009 by Oratia Books.

    Warrior Kids by Tim TIpene

    Warrior Kids

    The original Warrior Kids Novel

    for children

    Published 2006 by Reed Publishing NZ Ltd.

    Re-published 2012 as Bullies and Warriors.

    Taming the Taniwha, by Tim Tipene

    Taming the Taniwha

    Picture Book

    Taming the Taniwha was a White Raven title for 2002 and was named one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University in 2010. 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. Published 2001 by Huia Publishers.

    Maui - Sun Catcher, by Tim Tipene

    Maui - Sun Catcher

    Picture Book

    A Storylines Notable book for 2017.
    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.

    Haere, by Tim Tipene


    Picture Book

    Haere received a Picture Book Honour Award at the 2006 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults. It was named one of the top New Zealand picture books by Waikato University in 2010.
    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. Published 2005 by Huia Publishers.

    Patu, by Tim Tipene



    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.

    Rewa find his Wings, by Tim Tipene

    Rewa find his Wings

    Picture Book

    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.

    The Wooden Fish, by Tim Tipene

    The Wooden Fish

    Picture Book

    A Storylines Notable Book for 2000.
    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.
    First published 1996 by Learning Media. Re-published 1999 by Reed Publishing.

  • Tim Tipene

    Founder of Warrior Kids, 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 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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