Upper Hutt
Hapkido Academy
Traditional Martial Arts and Self Defence for the Modern World

Our Mission:
Our mission is to provide affordable, consistent, high-quality instruction in martial arts and self defence in a professional, safe and friendly environment.

Hapkido  is the "way of co-ordinated power". It is a Korean martial art that is often referred to as the complete martial art of self defence.
Hapkido is not a sport but rather a pure self-defence martial art that covers joint locks, sweeps & throws, striking techniques with all parts of the body, ground fighting, defence against weapons and the improvised use of everyday items in self-defence situations. Because Hapkido techniques work through Balance Point and Joint Manipulation principals, physical strength is not required so learning Hapkido is not restricted by age, size or gender. It is very much an art that grows with age.   
Our goal for every student who enrols at our Academy is to help them develop their full potential. To help you on your Martial Arts journey at whatever stage of life you are at, or whether your goal is a black belt or not, we offer the following classes:    

Hapkido is for anybody 13 and over who wants to learn good self defence skills as well as to obtain the fitness, health and other personal benefits that traditional martial arts training offers. Our Hapkido classes form the core of our Academy's training. Further Information Here. Because Hapkido is our core class we support it with a number of specialist classes which include Teen Hapkido and Older Adults among others. Further Information on these Classes Here.
Hapkido Edge Self Defence is for anybody who wants to learn good self defence skills but who do not have the time to commit to regular training in any of our other classes. Further Information Here.
Junior Hapkido is for Children aged 7 - 12 and mirrors the Hapkido syllabus in a simplified format. Junior Hapkido is more than just another sports option for your children. It is focused on helping our junior students develop good life-long habits such as to exercise regularly and to help them to develop other skills like self-confidence, leadership and a spirit of helping others. Further Information Here.

Young Dragons is for Children aged 5 - 7 and focuses on developing basic martial arts and physical skills. We also focus on teaching strategies for issues that they may face at school such as being bullied or teased. Further Information Here.
Knight School is for Children aged 6 - 12/13 that teaching basic sword fighting. Further Information Here
Our academy culture is relaxed and friendly. We are not big on the old style rigid authority of many of the other traditional martial arts. But we expect our students to train hard and push themselves to achieve their martial arts potential. So come along and try out an orientation class for you or your children and begin your own martial arts journey.
All of our classes are run at our modern, owner-occupied martial arts studio in the centre of Upper Hutt. Further Information Here.
We are also the Headquarters School for the New Zealand Hapkido Federation which has member clubs throughout New Zealand.

We are an active member club of the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association.
The World Kido Federation is one of the most renowned and respected Korean self defence Martial Arts organisations in the world and the  Hanminjok Hapkido Association is the largest international Hapkido organisation in the world with over 600 member clubs in South Korea and about another 400 spread throughout the world. 
Academy members are eligible to take part in the bienniel Hapkido Member Summit and Hapkido World Championships held in South Korea as well as attend other events and seminars
held around the world.   


Contact Us:

Callum Forbes

021 330 989

Training Videos 

The Academy has a "You Tube" channel for presenting our training methods and student gradings. You can view our videos HERE. 

Members from the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy and some of our affilaited schools travelled to the 9th World Hapkido Championships in South Korea duting October 2015. Here is one of our team demonstrations.


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Our inaugural Monthly Self Defence Class starts on Tuesday February 16th and runs from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. This is a beginner level class that only focuses on basic self defence skills. If you have an immediate family member enrolled in one of our regular weekly classes the class is free. Otherwise the cost is $10 a class.

KEY DATES FOR 2016/early 2017 

February 8th - Waitangi Day. ALL MONDAY CLASSES CANCELLED.

February 15th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.

March 5th and 6th - Master Fari Salevski 7th Dan Hapkido from Australia - New Zealand Hapkido and School Builder Seminars in Upper Hutt.

March 25th - 28th: Easter Holidays. ALL MONDAY and SATURDAY CLASSES CANCELLED.

April 18th - Adacemy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades


June 6th - Queens Birthday Weekend. ALL MONDAY CLASSES CANCELLED.

June 13th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.

August 15th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.

October - Grand Master Scott Seo 8th Dan from South Korea - New Zealand Hapkido Demonstration Championship and Seminar - details TBA.

October 17th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.
October 24th - Labour Day. ALL MONDAY CLASSES CANCELLED. 
December 12th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.
December 22nd - Last classes for 2016. Christmas/New Year Break Starts.
January 4th 2017 - All Classes resume
June 22nd - 29th 2017 - World Hapkido Summit and Hapkido World Championships in South Korea. Details TBA.

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