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 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:



Senior Gradings Coming Up this Autumn 

A very busy few months are coming up at the Academy.
In April three possibly four of our Junior Hapkido students will take their gradings for Junior Black Belt. Another three of our younger teenage students will test for Provisional Black Belt as a first step to getting their full Black Belts when they are physically ready.
A number of adult students will also be taking either their 1st Dan or final colour belt gradings in the next few months.
As we start heading into Winter at least one of our Young Dragons should grade to Dragon Spirit and two more around mid year. Later in the year I expect at least two more students will grade to Junior Black Belt and several to Hapkido black belt.
At the moment we have about 8 or 9 adult black belts who are active with the Academy either running classes or helping to run classes. The numbers of students grading to senior levels will change the make up of the Academy and boost our instructor capability futher to the point where we can add more classes if there is the demand.
Meanwhile at the other end, the life blood of our Academy is new students and while new people are joining at a steady rate, we have the capacity for even more. So now is a good time to start your martial arts journey!

Korea Trip 2015

This is scheduled for October 2015 and allows 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 is preparing to send a dozen or so members Korea to take part in this and also the World Hapkido Championships.

Academy Grading Dates

  • Tuesday 14th April from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 12th May from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.
  • Tuesday  9th June from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.


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