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:
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 Black Belt
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
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 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
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
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 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.
The Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy is also on FaceBook