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 develop them into a black belt. 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, Hapkido 40 Plus and Black Belt. Further Information on these Classes Here.
Junior Hapkido is for Children aged 8 - 12 and mirrors the Hapkido syllabus in a simplified format. Junior Hapkido is more than just another sports option for your children. It is focussed 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.
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.
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 a free 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 for the New Zealand Hapkido Federation. For more information on Hapkido please visit our FAQ page. 

We are also a 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 Hapkido organisation in the world with over 550 member clubs in South Korea alone.


The Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy is also on FaceBook.

Contact Us:

Callum Forbes

021 330 989

Training Videos 

The Academy now has a "You Tube" channel for presenting training videos. You can view our videos >here:




Children and Martial Arts 

Now that the school year has started you may be looking for an activity for your children to get involved with or they may be mentioning doing martial arts.
Martial Arts is an ideal activity for Children. While self-defence skills are the obvious benefit, martial arts and Hapkido in particular goes way beyond this. We have a large number of junior students at our Academy and the consistent feed back we get from parents is that their children have developed greater self confidence and respect for other people, are performing better at school and show improved physcial skills.
We accept children as young as 5 into our Young Dragons classes and from as young as 7 into our Junior Hapkido classes. We also have a special Teen Hapkido class for your teenagers. All these specially designed age specific classes also aim to turn your children into leaders and not followers.    
So please feel free to bring yourself or your children along for one or two trial classes.

Hapkido 40 Plus 

Hapkido 40 Plus classes for 2015 will commence once we have a minimum of 6 students committed to attend them. Please contact callum@hapkido.co.nz for a class information sheet and register your interest.

Korea Trip 2015

This is scheduled for October 2015 and allows our members to travel to the home of Hapkido and take part in training alongside other Hapkidoists from around the world under some of Hapkido's greatest instructors. The Academy is preparing to send a dozen or so members Korea to take part in this and also the World Hapkido Championships.

Academy Grading Dates

  • Tuesday 10th March from 5 PM - As above for people who can't make the 9th.
  • Tuesday 14th April from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 12th May from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.
  • Tuesday  9th June from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.


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