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 all Adults and Teens who want 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.
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. 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:


Recent News

In early October we hosted the NZ Hapkido National Seminar with Grand Master Scott Seo from Seoul, Soth Korea. Over the weekend 60 plus people attended either one day or both days of training. We hope to bring Master Scott back to NZ in early 2016. 

New Class for Older Adults (Hapkido 40 plus)

From Tuesday 4th November we are starting a new class from 12 PM to 12.45 PM targeting older adults and people who have not exercised for a while and who want to get fitter, more flexible and learn some self defence at the same time. This is not a formal martial arts class so if you have always wanted to try martial arts training but feel a bit intimidated by the whole thing then this class is for you!
This class is aimed at working people in Upper Huttt and is structured to fit comfortably into your lunch break. But anybody who is interested is more than welcome to attend.
For further information on the Hapkido 40 Plus class please download HAPKIDO 40 PLUS.pdf

Special Joining Offer

Just to remind people who join any of our regular Hapkido classes (Dragons, Junior Hapkido , Teen Hapkido and Hapkido) that if you join and pay for 3 months in advance on one of our standard fee rates then we will provide a free martial arts uniform to help you start on your martial arts journey with us.

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 11th November from 5 PM  - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades.
  • Tuesday 9th December from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all Adult grades
  • Tuesday 16th December from 5 PM - As above for people who can't make the 9th.
  • Monday 12th January from 5 PM - Junior Hapkido and all  Adult grades.


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