Our Mission: to provide affordable, consistent, high-quality instruction in martial arts and self defence in a professional, safe and friendly environment.


People have many reasons for their interest in the martial arts. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self control to their lives. Others are concerned about personal safety and self-defence. While others like the camaradie of the classes and meeting with like minded people.

Whether your reason for wanting to learn martial arts, the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy offers a number of programs that will fit your and/or your family's needs and your busy schedule as well. 

Hapkido  means 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". We know that each system has its strengths and limitations so we use the best from each system. So what a Hapkido practitioner would say about Hapkido would be something like -"When you are far away, I kick. When you are closer, I punch and trap. Even closer, I elbow, knee, joint lock and use pressure points. Even closer, I grab, trip and throw. Then when on the ground, I ground fight." 
Hapkido is not a sport but rather a pure self-defence martial art. 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 help them develop their full potential. 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:    

Our main range of classes are our Hapkido classes. These are 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
Hapkido Edge 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.
Junior Hapkido is for Children aged 7 - 12 and mirrors the Hapkido syllabus in a simplified format. Junior Hapkido is more than just another sports option for your children. It is focused 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. Within the Junior Hapkido programme we also offer our Black Belt Club for those students that want to push themselves a bit harder and excel iin the martial arts. 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.
Sword Fighting for both children and adults is also offered as a stand-alone class or to compliment your Hapkido training. Further Information Here.   
Our academy culture is relaxed and friendly. But we expect our students to train hard and push themselves to achieve their martial arts potential. So come along and try out an orientation 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 School for the New Zealand Hapkido Federation which has member clubs throughout New Zealand.

We are an active 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. 
Academy members are eligible to take part in the bienniel Hapkido Member Summit and Hapkido World Championships held in South Korea as well as attend other events and seminars held around the world.  

Training Videos 

The Academy has a "You Tube" channel for presenting our training methods and student gradings.  You can view our videos HERE

Video footage of some Hapkido self defence taken by Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy members at a multi-style martial arts training camp in January 2016. 


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It has been a busy year so far at the Academy. We have had a lot of new students join us and we also made a number of changes to our classes and class structures - the most recent being splitting our 90 minute Monday and Thursday Hapkido classes into two 45 minute sessions. People who are used to the old 90 minute classes won't notice much change but having two discreet classes allows people to attend one or the other as well as both. This gives time-challenged people more options and has already proven popular despite only coming into effect over the last week.  


We have also started to organise our 2016 New Zealand Hapkido Festival. This will involve a National Tournament for Hapkido in Upper Hutt along with a series of Hapkido seminars with Grand Master Scott Seo from Seoul, South Korea. This will be Master Scott's second visit to New Zealand.       

KEY DATES FOR 2016 & 2017

  • June 13th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.
  • August 15th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.
  • October - Grand Master Scott Seo 8th Dan from South Korea - New Zealand Hapkido Festival and Seminars - details TBA.
  • October 17th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.
  • December 12th - Academy Grading Night - All Classes and Grades.
  • December 22nd - Last classes for 2016. Christmas/New Year Break Starts.
  • January 2nd - Classes resume for 2017.
  • February 20th - First Academy Grading Night for 2017.
  • June 22nd - July 29th 2017 Korea Trip and World Hapkido Championships

Contact Us

p: 021 330 989
e: Callum Forbes


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