Academy Instructors

 

Callum Forbes, 6th Dan

 

Academy Owner & Head Instructor

 
Callum started his Hapkido training under Grand Master Jung Nam Lee in April 1982 and received his 6th Dan in Hapkido in July 2006 from Grand Master Lee who also formally transferred the leadership of the New Zealand Hapkido Federation to him at the same time. He also received a 6th Dan Black Belt from Grand Master In Sun Seo during the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association's 2013 Korea Trip.
 
For his services to both Hapkido and to the wider New Zealand Martial Arts community, Callum was inducted into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame on November 2nd, 2013. In October 2015 Callum became the first New Zealander to be invited to lead a team demonstration as part of the official opening of the Hapkido World Championships in South Korea.   
 
In addition to running the Upper Hutt Academy, Callum also provides direct support to the other New Zealand Hapkido affiliated schools around New Zealand. 
 

Michael Viseur, 2nd Dan

 

Class Instructor 

 
Michael started his Hapkido training in early 2007 but prior to that had studied Karate for about 5 years. Michael is also a Hapkido Edge Instructor and assists in the delivery of this programme to our self-defence clients.

Michael is one of the Class instructors responsible for running the Academy whenever Callum is absent and he also runs our Wednesday evening Adult Hapkido class.
 
Michael obtained his New Zealand Hapkido Federation 2nd Dan Black Belt in December 2014 and is also a Certified 2nd Dan Black Belt under Grand Master In Sun Seo with the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association. Michael attended the 2014 World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association Hapkido World Summit in San Francisco.
 
Michael is currently studying towards his 3rd Dan.
 

Sean Harvey, 2nd Dan

 

Class Instructor

 
Sean started his formal training in Hapkido in 2009.  
 
Sean is one of the other Class instructors responsible for running the Academy whenever Callum is absent and he also runs our Wednesday evening Teenage class. Sean is also a Hapkido Edge Instructor and assists in the delivery of this programme to our self-defence clients.  
 
Sean obtained his New Zealand Hapkido Federation 2nd Dan Black Belt in December 2014 in record time through training 5 or 6 times a week since starting Hapkido and is also a Certified 2nd Dan Black Belt under Grand Master In Sun Seo with the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association.
 
Sean attended the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association 2014 Hapkido World Summit in San Francisco. He also took part in the Team Demonstration and won a bronze medal in the Men's Middleweight sparring division competition at the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association's 9th Hapkido World Championships in Busan, South Korea during October 2015.
 
Sean is currently studying towards his 3rd Dan.
 

Rhiannon Forbes, 1st Dan

 

Class Instructor

 
Rhiannon started her formal training in Hapkido in 2005 as one of our first junior students. She later developed the syllabus for our Young Dragons class. 
 
Rhiannon attended the 2014 World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association Hapkido World Summit in San Francisco and was graded to 1st Dan Black Belt in July 2015 by Master Malcolm Wright. She is also a Certified 1st Dan Black Belt under Grand Master In Sun Seo with the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association and she was awarded this in person by GM Seo. She also took part in the Team Demonstration and Hyung (Forms) competition at the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association 9th Hapkido World Championships in Busan, South Korea during October 2015.
 
Rhiannon moved to Palmerston North in early 2016 to study at Massey University although she will continue to help teach at the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy during her semester breaks.  

Dominic Chan, Junior Black Belt

 

Assistant Instructor 

 
Dominic commenced his training in Junior Hapkido in 2008 and obtained his Junior Black Belt in 2015. He has since started his training towards a full 1st Degree Black Belt.
 
As a member of our Leadership Team, Dominic now assists with the running of our Junior Hapkido and Knight School classes. 
 
Dominic is also a member of the Black Belt Club and plans to attend the 2017 Hapkido World Championships in South Korea. 
 
  

Tayla Hawkins, Junior Black Belt  

 

Assistant Instructor

 
Tayla commenced her training in Junior Hapkido in early 2011 and obtained her Junior Black Belt in late 2015. She has since started her training towards a full 1st Degree Black Belt.
 
As a member of our Leadership Team, Tayla offered to take over running the Young Dragons class from Rhiannon Forbes after she left Upper Hutt to attend University and Tayla is now running the Young Dragons class as well as assisting in the running of the Junior Hapkido classes.
 
Tayla is also a member of the Black Belt Club and plans to attend the 2017 Hapkido World Championships in South Korea.
 
  

Grand Master Scott (Sungyeel) Seo, 8th Dan

 

Guest Instructor

 

Grand Master Scott is the oldest son of Grand Master In Sun Seo and was born in Busan, South Korea. He started martial arts training from early childhood at the headquarter dojang of Grand Master In Sun Seo.

He was the youngest member of the children’s demonstration team at the age of 5 in 1977. Ever since childhood, he has been privileged to learn directly from Grand Master In Sun Seo and has had the opportunity to learn and train with many of the Grand Master’s senior masters as well. He was promoted to 8th Dan (Grand Master) in 2014 and has over 40 years of Hapkido experience as he started training as a very young child. Currently, Grand Master Scott is the General Secretary of the Hanminjok Hapkido Association, which oversees more than 600 member schools in Korea. He also travels regularly to support Hamninjok Hapkido Association member schools in Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Grand Master Scott provides regular support and guidance to Callum and other senior NZ Hapkido instructors in their own advanced Hapkido training as well as visiting New Zealand to run seminars for our wider membership (2014 and 2016). His next visit to New Zealand is scheduled for October 2018.   

 

Master Fari Salievski, 7th Dan

 

Guest Instructor 

 

As the Oceania Regional Director of the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association, Master Fari provides direct support to the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy and to the wider New Zealand Hapkido Federation in the form of running seminars in New Zealand as well as mentoring our school owners in the fine art of running a successful martial arts school. Master Fari was instrumental in helping us establish the framework of our Young Dragons and Junior Hapkido programmes. 

Master Fari currently leads Martial Arts Professionals (an organisation providing mentoring, marketing and martial arts business support designed to promote excellence and growth within the martial arts industry (www.martialartsprofessionals.com). The Academy is a client of this organisation.

In addition Master Fari heads Korea Hapkido International, KMA Champion Martial Arts and is also the trainer/manager for KMA Top Team - one of the premier MMA fight teams in Australia. Master Fari delivered his most recent Hapkido seminar at the Academy in March 2016. Master Fari's next visit to New Zealand is scheduled for 2017.

 


Shihan Mike O'Hara, 5th Dan 

 

Guest Instructor

 
Shihan Mike has been a student and teacher of the Eastern martial arts for well over 35 years. He started his career in Judo as a junior before switching to Zen Do Kai Karate, completing his 2nd degree black belt in 1988. In 1990 Mike joined his instructor (Shihan Jeff Veale) in the creation of New Zealand Freestyle Martial Arts. 
 
Shihan Mike has been an instructor in NZFMA ever since and in early 2016 he completed his 5th Dan Black Belt grading which is the highest Dan grade awarded by New Zealand Freestyle Martial Arts. A 5th Dan Black Belt in this style is the equivalent of a 7th or 8th Dan Black Belt in most other martial art styles.  
 
Shihan Mike has also studied a number of other arts, gaining formal qualifications in Tae Kwon Do in the USA (1st degree black belt) and in Goju-Ryu Karate (brown belt). He has also studied a number of weapon arts over the years and has proficiency in jo, katana and escrima. 
 
Shihan Mike runs regular monthly workshops in full contact sparring at the Academy as well as regularly attending Hapkido and Medieval Sword Classes.
 

Colin McKinstry  

 

Guest Instructor

 
Colin McKinstry has been a student and teacher of the European martial arts for well over 25 years. He started his martial arts career in Judo as a child before developing an interest in traditional European armed and unarmed combat.
 
He has studied various systems of European Martial Arts extensively, including 19th century bare knuckle boxing, German wresting and various styles of swordmanship. Because most European arts are 'dead' arts (that is have no living lineage), Colin has extensively studied old manuscripts in order to try to recreate these arts and has developed a very deep understanding of the underlying principles of the martial arts which are common to both Eastern and Western Martial Arts.
 
Colin's expertise in this area has been of great value in helping understand and refine our core Hapkido techniques. He also teaches our weekly Saturday sword class in association with Mike O'Hara and Callum Forbes.
 
There is no rank or grading structure in European Martial Arts but in any gradec system, Colin would be an equivalent of a Master.  
 

  

UPPER HUTT HAPKIDO ACADEMY ALUMNI

Most of our Academy trained and graded Black Belts are still involved with the Academy - furthering their own training and providing back up to our Class Instructors.
 
Robert Reynolds, 1st Dan
 
Robert started his Hapkido training at the old Lower Hutt Hapkido Club under Callum Forbes in 1998 and helped set up the new Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy in 2005. He obtained his 1st Dan Black Belt in 2006 and in doing so became the first student to grade to Black belt at the Academy. He then took a break from training while developing a career in the security field. He returned to training in 2014 and is currently studying for his 2nd Dan.
 
Darryl Conchie, 2nd Dan 
 
Darryl started his Hapkido training in the old Wellington City Hapkido Club under Grand Master Lee in the late 1980's and obtained his 1st and 2nd Dan Black Belts under GM Lee. He then spent time in Australia studying Tae Kwon Do before returning to New Zealand where he joined the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy. He is currently studying for his 3rd Dan.

Ron Reedy, 1st Dan 
 
Ron was one of the first students to enroll at the Academy in early 2006. He obtained his 1st Dan Black Belt in 2012. He is currently studying for his 2nd Dan.
 
Adrian Sparrow, 2nd Dan
 
Adrian started training at the Academy in 2007, obtaining his 1st Dan Black Belt in 2011, Adrian obtained his 2nd Dan Black Belt in Hapkido in September 2015 and is also a Certified 2nd Dan Black Belt under Grand Master In Sun Seo with the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association and he was awarded this in person by GM Seo. Adrian also took part in the Team Demonstration at the opening ceremony of the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association's 9th Hapkido World Championships in Busan, South Korea during October 2015. He is now having to take a break from training due to work.   
 
Amanda Johnston, 1st Dan
 
Amanda graded to 1st Dan Black Belt 2012 and in doing so became the first women black belt at the academy. She attended the 2014 World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association Hapkido World Summit in San Francisco. She is currently having a break from regular training as she completes her Masters degree. 
 
Brandon Godfrey, 1st Dan 
 
Brandon graded to 1st Dan Black Belt in 2013. He is now serving in the New Zealand Armed Forces. He has recently resumed his Hapkido training and visits Upper Hutt to train when he is able to.
 
David Brown, 1st Dan
 
David graded to 1st Dan Black Belt in August 2016. He continues to train and assist in running classes at the Academy.
 
Jon-Luke Harvey, 1st Dan
 
David graded to 1st Dan Black Belt in August 2016. He continues to train and assist in running classes at the Academy.
 
Ashley Tyacke, 1st Dan
 
Ashley graded to 1st Dan Black Belt in Septemer 2016 becoming the youngest person to be graded to this level - just being shy of her 15th Birthday. She started her Hapkido journey as a 5 year old back in 2007 and has trained consistently ever since. She continues to train and assist in running classes at the Academy.

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