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, pressure point applications, defence against weapons and the improvised use of everyday items in self-defence situations. Hapkido training is not restricted by age, size or sex. 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 all Adults and Teens who want 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.
Teen Hapkido is for the 12 to 18 age group. This class covers the same material in our Hapkido classes but is structured to help existing students transition from the Junior Hapkido class or to give teenage students the opportunity to train in a class that is  focused at them. Further Information 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:

Update: September 2014

2014 Hapkido National Seminar

Over the weekend October 4th and 5th we are hosting our National Seminar. 

Our guest instructor for the 2014 seminar is Grand Master Scott Seo from Seoul, South Korea. Grand Master Scott is the eldest son of our chief instructor Grand Master In Sun Seo and who runs the Head Quarters Do Jang for our parent association, the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association based in Seoul but with wide membership throughout the world.


Saturday and Sunday

0900: Hapkido Juniors (aged 7 to 12).
1030: Welcome and Warm Up.
1100 – 1300: General overview of hosinsul (self- defence) techniques.  Advanced techniques (e.g. escort techniques, palm strikes, short sticks, rope techniques, pressure point) and theory, application, and training methods for Hapkido.
1300 – 1400: Lunch.
1400 – 1700: General overview of hosinsul (self- defence) techniques.  Advanced techniques (e.g. escort techniques, palm strikes, short sticks, rope techniques, and pressure points) and theory, application, and training methods for Hapkido (continued).
1800 – Members Social and Dinner (Saturday only).

Saturday’s training is more for New Zealand Hapkido Federation students and is slanted  towards our syllabus. Sunday’s training covers the same format as Saturday (without the evening function) so NZ Hapkido students get the chance to revise and expand on the material presented on Saturday. However, Sunday’s program will also have more of a general martial arts slant so martial artist from other styles can benefit as well. Martial artists from other styles are welcome to come along on both days though.

Special Events Calendar  

October 4th and 5th - Hapkido International Seminar at the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy with Grand Master Scott Seo, 8th Dan Hanminjok Hapkido. All Styles welcome. - contact callum@hapkido.co.nz for details.

Early 2015 - Hapkido National Tournament to help prepare people for the 2015 World Hapkido Championships in South Korea. World Kido Federation rules. Details to be confirmed.

October 2015 - World Kido Federation Korea Trip and World Hapkido Championships in Busan and other South Korean locations. We intend to send a strong team to the Championships!

Academy Grading Dates - 2014 & 2015

  • Tuesday 14th October 2014 - From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Tuesday 11th November 2014 - From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Tuesday 9th December 2014 - From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Monday 12th January 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Tuesday 10th February 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Tuesday 10th March 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades. 
  • Tuesday 14th April 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades. 
  • Tuesday 12th May 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Tuesday 9th June 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Tuesday 14th July 2015: From 5 PM: All Grades.
  • Tuesday 11th August 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades. 
  • Tuesday 8th September 2015 - From 5 PM: All Grades.

Contact callum@hapkido.co.nz for further information.

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