About Us


(Callum Forbes demonstrating the Hapkido Balance Points)

We are a family-focused martial arts school in the centre of Upper Hutt.

We offer a range of martial arts classes for children, teens and adults of all ages.

Our Academy culture is relaxed and friendly. Our mission is to help you and your family to achieve your own martial arts/self-defence goals and to realise your own 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. You will find that we offer much more than just martial arts and self-defence training and we would like you to join our family

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.



Our Core Classes

Hapkido for Adults and Teens
Hapkido is self-defence focused but training in Hapkido will also increase your physical abilities - stamina, strength, and flexibility - as well as your mental awareness and self-confidence. 
Further Information Here
Hapkido Tigers for Children aged 7 to 12
Hapkido Tigers is all about using Hapkido training to help your children develop into strong and confident adults. In addition to learning good self-defence skills, your child will also learn important life and leadership skills.
Further information Here.
Hapkido Dragons for Children aged 5 to 6
Hapkido Dragons program is for children aged from 5 to 6. The class focuses on fitness, and martial arts fundamentals. It serves as a primer for the more formal martial arts training in our Hapkido Tigers Class. 
Further information Here
Other Classes
We run several other classes that compliment Hapkido to allow you to go deeper into areas that are only covered lightly in the main Hapkido syllabus. These are "Ground Combatives", "Pressure Point Combatives" and "Principals of the Sword". Once you have attained the relevant grade requirement in Hapkido you may join any of these classes.



Academy Update July 2024 


Late last month, members of our Academy travelled to South Korea to take part in the World Kido Federation / Hanminjok Hapkido Association's 2024 Korea Trip which includes the Hapkido World Championships, advanced Hapkido training and sightseeing.

While Hapkido is not a competition style, we find that they can be useful in developing friendships with other martial artists from around the world and ensuring that our training is tested. In the actual competition, the New Zealand team did really well, earning 12 medals in a competition that had over 1000 competitors. In terms of medals won, we were the second highest scoring team of the non-Korean ones. There were 8 other non-Korean teams competing.

We also took part in advanced Hapkido training with Grandmasters Scott Seo and Steve Seo. 

(The New Zealand Hapkido students with Grand Master In Sun Seo (10th Dan) after one of the training sessions)

We also did some sightseeing at many cultural and historical sites

(Outdoor training in Seoul in front of the Gyeonbokgung (the Imperial Palace) with Bugaksan mountain (the highest mountain in the Seoul district) in the background.)

The next Korea Trip is in 2026.    


Upcoming Events

Saturday/Sunday September 14th - 15th - Grandmaster Fari Salieski New Zealand Seminars (Upper Hutt). 

Saturday November 2nd - New Zealand Ju-Jitsu Federation National Annual Seminar (being hosted at our Academy)   

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