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 international Hapkido organisation in the world with over 600 member clubs in South Korea and about another 400 spread throughout the world.


The Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy is also on FaceBook.

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:



New Beginner Hapido Class 

From 28th May, Thursdays 4 PM - 5 PM.
Beginner Hapkido is for adult students who have not done any regular exercise for a while or who are a bit older and who feel a bit intimidated joining a mainstream Hapkido class full of fitter people. We have found this to be a barrier for many 'older' adults in the past so this class aims to address this by providing a general class that is informal that focuses on Fitness, Flexibility and Self Defence. 

This class does not teach our formal Hapkido syllabus so there is no pressure about having to do gradings or wearing our formal martial arts uniform. So the class is aimed at people who want to get a bit fitter while learning some self defence along the way although you can also use at as a bridging class to prepare yourself first before joining our regular Hapkido class. 

Beginner Hapkido will commence once we have a minimum of 6 students committed to attend them. Please contactcallum@hapkido.co.nz for a class information sheet and register your interest.

As an added incentive to get you off the sofa this weekend sign up to Beginner Hapkido and get your first month's training FREE.

Korea Trip 2015

This is scheduled for 15th - 22nd October 2015 and will allow 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 and the wider NZ Hapkido Federation is sending a dozen or so of our members Korea to take part in this and also the World Hapkido Championships.
Academy Grading Dates f0r 2015

  • Tuesday 19th June from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 14th July from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 11th August from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 15th September from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 13th October from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 11th November from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 15th December from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.


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