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:



Winter is Coming and with it the end to a lot of people's physical actvitiy as they go inside for 6 months and do nothing.
Most new members join our Academy between now and late Spring. This is because it gets them and their children away from the TV or off their smartphones and into a positive form of physical activity that goes beyond merely just physical fitness or learning self-defence skills.
So to help you and your children get off the sofa sign up to any of our Hapkido or Hakido based classes for three months and get a free uniform.

Callum's Blog

As a self-defence and martial arts instructor I get asked a lot about when it is appropriate to use martial arts skills.
When you see a situation developing that threatens either you or somebody else, you should do everything in your power to stop it from getting to the point where you have to use either striking techniques or improvised weapons. The first action you must always take is to try to de-escalate the situation without having to resort to force and a lot of our training focuses on this. If this fails you can then resort to physically neutralising the attacker. This is usually at the point at which you or somebody else is attacked.
When someone attacks you, you can only respond with "reasonable force". This means that whatever action you take needs to be appropriate for the threat you or others face. The beauty of Hapkido say over a striking only style is that you have a range of less damaging options that you can try to stop a threat with first. Throwing somebody to the ground or restraining them in a joint lock or a hold is better than causing them serious physical injury. But against a determined attacker to is out to seriously hurt you or others, Hapkido also has this option if need be. 
However it is always much harder to justify using a greater level of force than a lesser level of force in the aftermath of a self defence situation. We also teach self defence techniques in a progressive manner so if you are ever called on to use your Hapkido skills, you can do so safely in the knowledge that whatever skill you have to use will work appropriately and justifiably for whatever the situation calls for. 
Also, as you gain skill and confidence as you move up the Hapkido grades, you will also gain the ability to deal with situations using less force than the situation may actually legally justify. This is not only good from the legal point of view but also for your own mental well-being. Most people in the aftermath of a self defence situation don't feel good about it even though they might have done the right thing and come through unscathed. Dealing with a situation with the least amount of force possible also helps in this regard.    

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 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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