• Self Control and Social Skills

    For Children 5 - 12

    Changing lives for 25 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 25 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 25 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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    Books written by Tim Tipene

  • Tim Tipene

    Founder and Master of Warrior Kids and Toatoi,

    Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker

    Tim Tipene

    Papa 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, and it was only with the extended whanau that he felt loved. Tim overcame his abusive and violent childhood, broke the cycle, and has spent his life transforming the lives of others, often without any form of payment.


    For 25 years Tim has been changing the lives of thousands 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 estranged from the whanau, homeless and jobless. Yet without any formal qualifications or funding, Tim set out to help kids just like him by creating his own program to empower Children and Youth. He named it Warrior Kids.


    Tim went on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for over 25 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. For 24 of the 25 years Tim ran his program without any form of funding or financial support. Tim kept the costs to families low and many in hardship got to do it for free.


    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 and 2015 Tim was recognised as a Kiwibank Local Hero and received a Medal in recognition of his contribution to the lives of others.
    • In 1994 Tim created Toatoi, a personal development and therapeutic art of de-escalation and restraint; and his own school 'Kura Toa Warrior School' to house his 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 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

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  • The Blog

    News and articles.

    2018年7月28日 · 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...
  • 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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