Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy
Teaching and Promoting Traditional Hapkido

Our Mission:
Our mission is to provide affordable, consistent, high-quality instruction in martial arts and self defence in a professional, safe, clean 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 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 with every student who enrols at our Academy is to develop them into a black belt. However we are not a "black belt factory" and we see our role as being to help you realise your potential - not only in martial arts but also in life. 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 obtain the fitness, health and other personal benefits that traditional martial arts training offers. Further Information Here.
Hapkido Combatives™ 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. We schedule Hapkido Combatives™ classes or courses scheduled subject to demand. Specialist and Advanced Hapkido Combatives training takes our core Hapkido Combatives™ programme further by adapting it to provide tailored self defence training for specific occupational groups. Further Information Here.
Body Conditioning is a special fitness and conditioning class using the Elastic Steel Kick Mastery System. It is specifically aimed to develop mastery of core martial arts kicks but the nature of the drills and exercises makes it an ideal overall conditioning programme for all martial arts skills and in late 2013 the Academy formally adopted it to support the development of core martial arts skills across all of our classes. 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. Further Information Here.

Young Dragons™ is for Children aged 5 - 7 and focuses on developing basic martial arts anf physical skills. Further Information Here.
Knight School is for Children aged 6 - 12/13 that teaching basic sword fighting. Further Information Here

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.

We are also a member of Fitness New Zealand – the Industry Body for the New Zealand Fitness Industry. 
This helps us to ensure that our self defence training methods are always effective, safe and up-to-date.

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: April 2014

Hapkido Member Summit in San Francisco! 

Late last month, 5 members of our Academy travelled to San Francisco for the bienniel Wotld Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Associations's Member Summit. This was attended by over 180 Hapkido practitioners from about 20 countries. We received several days of advanced Hapkjdo training from Grand Master In Sun Seo (10th Dan) who had come over from South Korea for the Summit. In addition to GM Seo there were another dozen or so Hapkido Grand Masters present as well as many Hapkido Masters. It was very stimulating experience being trained by GM Seo and working with other Hapkido students from all over the world and we came back to New Zealand even more motivated to train and train others than ever before!

Here are the Academy attendees with GM Seo! 

(from left - Rhiannon Forbes, Michael Viseur, Sean Harvey, GM Seo, Amanda Johnston and Callum Forbes)
Special Autumn Joining Offer! 

As we head from Summer into Autumn we find that many people are looking for things to do over the colder months. Why not try martial arts? Good Martial Arts training will not only help keep you fit but also teach you some valuable self defence skills as well. While our Academy recruits new members all year round, we find that most new members will typically join over the March - June period.

To encourage you to start your martial arts journey, we are offering a special joining offer for you. This is sign up for at least one class a week in any of our class options (Young Dragons, Junior Hapkido, Teen Hapkido or Hapkido) and pay three months in advance. We will provide you with a free training uniform worth $50.

If you are a existing member and if you introduce a new member who signs up for 3 months then we will provide you with either a uniform badge set or a black light weight training top.

We find that a 3 month commitment to training will give a new student some good basic self defence skills as well as a soild foundation to look at progressing to their first grading. 

Contact me (callum@hapkido.co.nz) for further information.

Academy Grading Dates - 2014 & 2015

  • Tuesday 8th April 2014 - From 5 PM: All Classes and Grades.
  • Tuesday 10th June 2014 - From 5 PM: All Classes and Grades. 
  • Tuesday 12th August 2014 - From 5 PM: All Classes and Grades.
  • Tuesday 7th October 2014 - From 5 PM: All Classes and Grades.
  • Tuesday 9th December 2014 - From 5 PM: All Classes and Grades.
  • Tuesday 10th February 2015 - From 5 PM: All Classes and Grades.

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