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 is a high impact, full on, non-stop adventure for children, involving games and challenges where students become champions of life.
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.
Warrior Kids 2010.
Students learn life enhancing martial art skills. Warrior Kids is winning without causing defeat, teaching techniques of de-escalation and containment.
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.
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.
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.
'As a parent observing, I have learnt also,'
- Warrior Kids Parent.
WARRIOR KIDS DOES NOT APPLY FOR FUNDING
AND DOES NOT ASK FOR DONATIONS
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 3 Warrior Kids Classes 2020
28 July - 24 September
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!
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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.
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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.
The PeaceMaster Award is given to students who demonstrate an act of outstanding bravery, service, kindness or personal strength.
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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.
High & Low Point
Tim talks about the Sharing Circle in Warrior Kids,
and the High and Low point.
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.
Warrior Kids for the Home, Classroom and Community.
Written by Warrior Kids founder 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.
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© Tim Tipene, 2017