Personal Development and Warrior Training for teens.
Changing lives since 1994.
Kura Toa Warrior School was founded by Tim Tipene in 1994.
A survivor of a violent and abusive childhood, Tim broke the cycle through a combination of Martial Arts training, Psychotherapy and Personal Development. Tim consolidated his learning and experience to create Toatoi, (Warrior Art), a holistic form of therapeutic personal development and self mastery.
Tim established Kura Toa Warrior School to house his Toatoi classes, including the renowned Warrior Kids program.
Tim has provided his programs and classes to communities and schools for 25 years, 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 35 years has gained a number of Black Belt Dan ranks and teaching titles. Through Toatoi, Tim has specialised in classes for children and teens.
Kura Toa Warrior School offers...,
Self Control - Social Skills - Self Regulation - Assertiveness - Resilience -
Mindfulness - Emotional Skills & Anger Management - Conflict Resolution - Self Protection & Martial Art Skills - Fun
In Kura Toa Warrior School teens 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. Also students learn life enhancing martial art skills. Kura Toa Warrior School is winning without causing defeat, teaching techniques of de-escalation and containment.
Focusing on bringing out the warrior within, Kura Toa Warrior School 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.
Individual progress in classes is acknowledged via belt grades up to Black Belt and beyond.
'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
Nowadays, when Master Tim isn't writing award winning books or giving inspirational talks to audiences around the country, he runs classes for a small number of students in West Auckland.
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 Kura Toa Warrior School.
The renowned class for children
offering self control and social Skills for ages 5 - 12
In 1994 at the age of 22, Tim Tipene was unemployed and had no fixed abode. Without any formal qualifications or funding, Tim started the Warrior Kids program to help kids in his community. Tim went on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for 25 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. In all that time Warrior Kids only ever received 6 months of funding.
Watch the video below to hear what parents have to say about Warrior Kids.
Visit the Warrior Kids Website
A Novel for young adults by Tim Tipene.
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 imaginative expression of Tim Tipene's warrior philosophy.
Tim's story of troubled high-school student Haki as he struggles to defend the rights of his tribe and grow into a warrior has really struck a chord with teenage readers. It's in demand as a set text in a number of high schools, as well as for general readers.
First published 2004 by Reed Publishing.
Re-published 2009 by Oratia Books.
In 2012 Kura Toa Warrior School was adapted for stage by Jasmine Maunsell and performed by Bay of Islands College. It was a huge success.
Tim's other books include the Warrior Kids novel, 'Bullies and Warriors', the Manual, 'Warrior Kids - Warrior Training for Children', the award winning picture book, 'Hinemoa te toa', and plenty more.
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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.
In 1994 at the age of 22, Tim was unemployed and had no fixed abode. Without any formal qualifications or funding, Tim started the Warrior Kids program to help kids in his community. Tim went on to provide Warrior Kids to communities and schools for 25 years, taking referrals from community and government agencies, and changing the lives of thousands of children and their families. In all that time Tim's Warrior Kids classes only ever received 6 months of funding.
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.
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's tribal affiliations are Ngati Kuri and Ngati Whatua.
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Kura Toa Warrior School has been changing lives since 1994.
Some highlights from the last 25 years.
Tim with the cast and crew of the Bay of Islands College 2012 stage production of the novel Kura Toa Warrior School.
Tim was acknowledged for his work in this article that featured in the Western Leader in July 1999.
Opening of the new Kura Toa Warrior School premises in 2009. Tim is joined by Mayor Bob Harvey, Owen Paikea and Tyrone Jarvis Raumati.
Kura Toa training 1994.
Tim with the director for the Kura Toa Warrior School stage production, Jasmine Maunsell, and choreographer Horrace Maunsell.
Tim Tipene, Tyrone Jarvis Raumati, Owen Paikea, Mayor Bob Harvey and Peter Dowling, from Oratia Publishers, for the opening of the Kura Toa new premises and the relaunch of the Kura Toa novel 2009.
Maoi and Mita as Buster and Haki for the 2012 stage production of Kura Toa.
Kura Toa seminar on The Art of Peace, 2015.
The Kura Toa stage production featured amazing choreography and dancing.
Kura Toa Warrior School 2011.
Tim Tipene, Owen Paikea, Mayor Bob Harvey and Travis Rapana at the opening of the Kura Toa new premises 2009.
Kura Toa training 2010.
Part of the crowd that attended the opening of the Kura Toa new premises 2009.
Practicing de-escalation and containment during the Kura Toa seminar, 'The Art of Peace', 2015.