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 principles, 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 achieve their martial arts and where possible their life style goals that they set themselves when starting training. To help you on your Martial Arts journey at whatever stage of life you are at, 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.
Hapkido Tigers 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.

Hapkido Cubs 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. We have a strong team of experienced Instructors - details of them can be found on our Instructors sub-page on the About Hapkido page. 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 Korea Trip and Hapkido World Championships held in South Korea as well as attending other events and seminars held around the world including the Members Summit which is held in San Francisco in alternating years to the Korea Trip.  


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Video footage of an impromptu display by Callum Forbes during the 2017 Korea Trip.

NEWS - October 2017 

5 Members of the Academy along with some supporting family members took part in the 10th Hapkido World Championships in Busan, South Korea  as part of the World Kido Federation's 2017 Korea Trip late last month where they also received advanced Hapkido training and experienced Korean culture and visits to some key national and historical sites.  

Academy Instructor Sean Harvey competed in the Adult Men's Weapons Pattern and Unarmed Pattern and performed strongly scoring above average across both his events. Yasmin Chan competed in the Middle School Girls's Self Defence, Armed Pattern, Unarmed Pattern and Free-Sparring and also perfromed strongly in her events. Dominic Chan competed in the Middle School Boy's Self Defence, Armed Pattern, Unarmed Pattern and Free-Sparring where he did really well winning a Gold Medal in his Division.

Callum Forbes assisted as an International Judge and also did a number of official and unofficial demonstrations of Hapkido during the Trip. Here he throws David Ollivier (from the Wellington Hapkido Academy) during his demonstration at the opening Ceremony of the 10th Hapkido World Championships.

Later this year we will be holding a training tournament in Upper Hutt to prepare our students for the 2nd Oceania Cup in October next year and for the 12th Hapkido World Championships in Korea in 2019. 

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


Contact Us

p: 021 330 989
e: Callum Forbes


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