• Ninja Ryu

    Mixed Martial Arts and Personal Development for Teens.

  • About

    Ninja Ryu is a form of Mixed Martial Arts and Personal Development for Teens created by Warrior Kids founder Tim Tipene.

     

    Ninja Ryu offers teens...

    Self Control - Social Skills - Self Regulation - Assertiveness

    Mindfulness - Emotional Awareness & Anger Management - Conflict Resolution - Self Protection Skills - Fun

     

    This is a fun and engaging class of self mastery. Students learn in a caring and safe 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. Ninjaryu is winning without causing defeat.

     

    Ninja Ryu is therapeutic and teaches techniques of de-escalation and restraint. 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 Warrior Kids and Ninja Ryu.

    Ninja Ryu draws upon Maori warrior concepts and Eastern martial arts in a non-aggressive way designed to empower individuals and their families.

     

    Progress in Ninja Ryu is acknowledged through belt grades up to Black Belt 1st Dan 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

  • Classes

    Master Tim is back from touring schools and communities throughout the country.

    His focus now is on running his classes.

     

    Term 2 Class Times - 30 April - 5 July

    Ninja Ryu

    Thursdays 6pm-7pm

     

    Warrior Kids

    Tuesdays,

    4pm-5pm & 5pm-6pm

     

    Thursdays,

    4pm-5pm

     

    Students wear loose clothing for training and

    bring a bottle of water as it is thirsty work.

     

    A registration form can be filled in

    when students arrive at their first class.

    Master Tim's classes are specialised.

    To ensure quality class numbers are limited so booking a space is essential. Term fees are paid in full before starting and

    secures a place in a class for the term.

     

    For your child or teen to have the opportunity to learn from Master Tim through Warrior Kids or Ninja Ryu inquire below using the contact form.

  • Warrior Kids

    The renowned class for children

    offering self control and social Skills for ages 5 - 12

    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.

     

    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.

     

    Warrior Kids is now being taught in communities and schools nationally and internationally. Look out for Warrior Kids near you.

     

    Watch the video below to hear what parents have to say about Warrior Kids.

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  • Tim Tipene

    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.

    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 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.

              Warrior Kids.

    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 Warrior Kids 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.

     

                Author.

    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 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.

    • 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 19 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.

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