• Self Control and Social Skills

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    Changing lives since 1994

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  • Warrior Kids 
    Tamariki Toa

    Personal Development and Therapeutic Warrior Training for Children and Teens offering

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

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

    Classes, Programmes, Seminars and Workshops

    The renowned child centered class where the focus is on personal development. Warrior Kids, also known as PeaceMasters, 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.

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    Warrior Kids 2010.

    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.

    In 1994 Tim consolidated his learning and experience to create Kura Toa Warrior School and Toatoi, a personal development and therapeutic form of Warrior Training.

    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 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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

     

    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.

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    Tim Tipene Warrior Kids

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

    - Warrior Kids Parent.

     

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    Safe Touching.

    How to keep safe when Mum and Dad are fighting.

    Rona Moon read

    by Papa Tim.

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  • Classes

    Weekly Warrior Kids Classes with Master Tim

    Warrior Kids weekly classes are specialised.

    To ensure quality the number of students

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

    Term 4 Warrior Kids Classes 2020

    13 October - 17 December

    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.

    Book a trial class today!

     

    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,

    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 Toatoi teen class.

    Tim Tipene with Taiyang and Tahlia Tipene

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    Warrior Kids for the Home, Classroom and Community.

    Written by Warrior Kids founder Tim Tipene.

    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Adult's Large
    Warrior Kids T-shirt - Adult's Large
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    Warrior Kids T-shirt featuring the Taniwha from the award-winning Children's Book, Taming the Taniwha.
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    Mrs Battleship
    Mrs Battleship
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    Mrs Battleship is a collection for junior readers: vignettes from Tim's primary school years - both funny and sad, such as when he realised that not all children suffered as he did - a light-bulb moment for him. There were several teachers in his journey that championed him, who saw what was happening at home - and they made a life-changing difference. This is a collection about truth and triumph. It contains helplines and free teachers notes on One Tree House's website - making it a ground-breaking book for reading aloud and class discussion.
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    Rona Moon
    Rona Moon
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    Everything looks so small from up here,’ said Rona.
    ‘I know,’ Whaea beamed. ‘Even the reasons we felt angry seem so little’
    The beloved myth of Rona and the Moon comes to 21st-century Aotearoa in English and Māori in Tim Tipene’s sensitive telling, strikingly illustrated by Tai Tokerau artist Theresa Reihana.
    Rona Moon gets angry with everyone — her brother, her Nana and Papa — and then one night she calls the moon stupid! Taken to meet her ancestor Whaea Rona on the moon, she learns a lesson in how to control her temper.
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    White Moko
    White Moko
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    A memoir from award-winning writer and inspirational speaker Tim Tipene. Raised in violence, the product of rape, Tim not only survived, he found how to accept and then overcome the hurt... to achieve the ultimate revenge - a successful life. Tim founded the Warrior Kids programme 26 years ago. His courses now empower families and children and this memoir is a recollection of his life from child to adult and shows what led to him choosing a different path for himself. This is his triumph and it is inspirational: how we can survive, thrive and prosper - by making the right choices.
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    The Wooden Fish
    The Wooden Fish
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    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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    Haere, Farewell Jack farewell
    Haere, Farewell Jack farewell
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    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 finds his Wings
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    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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    Patu
    Patu
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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.
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    Maui - Sun Catcher
    Maui - Sun Catcher
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    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
    Taming the Taniwha
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    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 te toa
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    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
    Kura Toa Warrior School
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    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.
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    Bullies and Warriors
    Bullies and Warriors
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    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.
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    Warrior Kids:  Warrior Training for Children
    Warrior Kids: Warrior Training for Children
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    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 18 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.

     

     

     

    For more information visit

    www.timtipene.com

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