Welcome to Toatoi
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 in 1994. The most well known Toatoi classes is the acclaimed Warrior Kids.
Tim Tipene teaching Toatoi, 2015
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.
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. Also students learn life enhancing martial art skills.
Warrior Kids working with anger.
Martial Art Skills
De-escalation and Containment
Toatoi is winning without causing defeat.
Movement is relaxed and calm fostering responsive responses rather than reactive, seeking to protect the mana of all involved.
Subtle with minimal movement
Finding the path of less resistance, techniques are flexible and adaptable open to the variability of situations and encounters that one may find themselves facing.
Its all in the name
Tim Tipene came up with the name Toatoi by combining the two Maori words Toa and Toi. Both of these words have many meanings. Toa can mean Warrior, Champion and brave. Toi can mean Art or Way. The name Toatoi encompasses all of these meanings.
Toatoi and Warrior Kids are also known as PeaceMasters. Through the study of Toatoi students become masters of peace. Individual progress in Toatoi and Warrior Kids is acknowledged via belt grades up to Black Belt and beyond.
The Black Belt of Peace
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.
Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker.
Founder of Warrior Kids and Toatoi.
Tim Waitai-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 17 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.
Some facts about Tim
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Kura Toa Warrior School has been changing lives since 1994.
Some highlights from the last 25 years.
Tim was acknowledged for his work in this article that featured in the Western Leader in July 1999.
Kura Toa training 1994.
Maoi and Mita as Buster and Haki for the 2012 stage production of Kura Toa.
The Kura Toa stage production featured amazing choreography and dancing.
Kura Toa training 2010.
Part of the crowd that attended the opening of the Kura Toa new premises 2009.
Kura Toa training 1994.
Books written by Tim Tipene