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 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:    

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 and Older Adults among others. Further Information on these Classes Here.
Hapkido 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. 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.
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 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 for the New Zealand Hapkido Federation which has member clubs throughout New Zealand.

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.


Contact Us:

Callum Forbes

021 330 989

Training Videos 

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Korea Trip 2015 

Students from the Academy supported by members of other New Zealand Hapkido Federation schools attended the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association's 2015 Korea Trip from October 14th - October 22nd.

The Trip started in Busan (or Pusan) - South Korea's second largest city. On October 14th we were part of a cultural exchange function where we put on a display for local Hapkido students and officials. We also signed a cultural exchange protocol which should allow our Junior Hapkido students and junior Korean students to visit our respective countries in the future.

The main part of the trip was the 9th Busan Mayor's Cup World Hapkido Championships and Festival which saw our team take part in the opening demonstration in front of Lee Soo Sung - a former Korean Prime Minister and other senior Korean political and Hapkido dignatories. Our display was well received and the New Zealand brand of Hapkido received high praise for its 'hard style' of practical self defence.

 (Callum Forbes demonstrating Defence against Multiple Attackers) 

Entry into the World Hapkido Championships was open to all students 3rd degree black belt and under and all eligible students took part. The Championships featured self defence, patterns (forms), break fall and full contact sparring competitions. We did well in the sparring taking home a gold medal and two bronze medals. This was the first time we had ever taken part in such an event as competition is something that we have not done before in New Zealand Hapkido. We learnt some valuable lessons which wil help us do even better next time.

The team also took part in advanced Hapkido training with Grand Master In Sun Seo (10th Dan Hapkido) and other senior Hapkido masters including his eldest son Grand Master Scott Seo (who visited Upper Hutt last year) and his younger son Master Steve Seo.

We also did a lot of sightseeing visiting a traditional temple complex, a tradtional village, the Korean National Museum, the Korean War Memorial and the Imperial Palace in Seoul among others. It was a full on trip as the Koreans are excellent hosts who wanted to show us as much of their country as possible given the constraints of both the Competition and Training sessions.

The next Korea Trip and World Championships is scheduled for 2017 and we are already preparing for it!   

Academy Grading Dates f0r 2015/2016

  • Week starting Monday 14th December from 5 PM - End of Year Gradings and Awards.
  • Tuesday 12th January from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult Hapkido grades.
  • Tuesday 9th February from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult Hapkido grades.
  • Tuesday 15th March from 5 PM - Junior Hapkidoand all Adult Grades

2016 Events
  • January 22nd - 24th - 2016 Summer Camp at Brookfields Camp, Wainuomata. Interstyle event organised by the New Zealand Freestyle Martial Arts Assoication.
  • March 5th and 6th - Master Fari Salevski New Zealand Hapkido and School Builder Seminars in Upper Hutt.
  • June/July - World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association Member's Summit in San Francisco - details TBA.
  • October - Grand Master Scott Seo New Zealand Seminar - details TBA.  


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