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.
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.
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. 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.
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 been providing 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.
'As a parent observing, I have learnt also,'
- Warrior Kids Parent.
WARRIOR KIDS DOES NOT APPLY FOR FUNDING
AND DOES NOT ASK FOR DONATIONS
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
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.
For Toatoi visit
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.
Guidance and support for those teaching or who are wanting to teach Warrior Kids.
Become certified. Contact us for information on training opportunities
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 Maori Author, Inspirational Speaker.
Founder of Warrior Kids and Toatoi.
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 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. 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.
Some facts about Tim
Tim's tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.
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© Tim Tipene, 2017