Tim Tipene with one of his childhood heroes, Mrs Battersby, 2017
Tim Tipene, (Papa Tim)
Tim Tipene overcame a violent and abusive childhood and broke the cycle to become a renowned inspirational speaker, award winning author and the founder of the acclaimed Warrior Kids program.
In 1994 at the age of 22 Tim created Toatoi, a personal development and therapeutic martial art, and founded Warrior Kids, a Toatoi class for children. The aim of Warrior Kids is to empower Children and Youth with Self Control and Social Skills within a therapeutic and loving environment.
Tim created Warrior Kids without any formal qualifications, funds or support, and has gone on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for over 24 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families.
Warrior Kids is for all children and is now being taught nationally and internationally. Tim became a trained counsellor and gained a graduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2000.
Tim 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.
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 is a part of the Sir Peter Blake Dream Team of Leaders.
More facts about Tim
Tim was adopted and raised in two cultures, NZ Maori and NZ European.
His tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.
Tim has featured on television, radio and in various publications.
Self Control and Social Skills for Children 5-12yrs.
Warrior Kids is a pioneering, preventative program that over the past 24 years has changed the lives of thousands of children and their families across New Zealand.
Warrior Kids is a Toatoi class for children. Toatoi is a personal development and therapeutic martial art created by Tim Tipene.
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.
The aim of Warrior Kids is to empower Children and Youth with Self Control and Social Skills within a therapeutic and 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 24 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.
Classes with Master Tim
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 message form.
Watch out for Tim's public seminars and workshops.
Books by Tim Tipene