Our Mission: to provide affordable, consistent, high-quality instruction in martial arts and self defence in a professional, safe and friendly environment.


About Us

People have many reasons for their interest in the martial arts. Besides the obvious concerns about personal safety and self-defence, some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self control to their lives. While others like the camaradie of the classes and meeting with like minded people. Over time these reasons will change for each individual as well.

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.   

Our Academy
Our academy culture is relaxed and friendly. But we expect our students to train hard and push themselves to achieve their own goals and to realise 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. You will find that we offer much more than just martial arts and self-defence training and we would like you to join our team. 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 also 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.  


Our Classes

Hapkido for Adults and Teens

At the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy we offer martial arts classes for all ages, fitnss and skill levels. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality of martial arts instruction so that you receive the greatest value for your time and effort. 

Our Teen and Adult classes will not only help you become proficient in self-defence but will also increase your physical abilities - stamina, strength, and flexibility - as well as your mental awareness and confidence. Martial arts training can also help you manage stress which can be so prevalent in the daily lives of teens and adults.

Further Information Here

Hapkido Tigers for Children aged 7 to 12
The Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy's Tigers program is more than kicking, punching, and self-defense. Your child will learn important life and leadership skills, how to focus on maximum achievement, and build the unshakable confidence and self-discipline required to reach their full potential. They will learn how to set goals and acquire the perseverance to achieve them because we have crafted a sophisticated reward system that systematically encourages and motivates children to aspire to excellence.
Further information Here.
Little Dragons for Children aged 5 to 6
The Little Dragons program is designed specifically for children aged from 4 to 6. It is a non-competitive environment with the focus being fun, fitness, and martial arts fundamentals. In the Little Dragon’s program, your child will build self-discipline, physical awareness and of course basic martial arts skills, and bully-proofing techniques. All classes are taught using the safest, fun, and exciting instruction methods available for this age group.
Further information Here.
Hapkido Ground Combatives and Hapkido Pressure Point Combatives
These are two new standalone systems that we are introducing to the Academy in March 2019. Hapkido employs self-defence techniques on and from the ground and also pressure points to assist with the application of self defence techniques. We find that in our mainstream Hapkido classes that we don't have time to give either aspect consistent attention. Hapkido Ground Combatives will add to a Hapkido student's ground game while Hapkido Pressure Point Combatives will cover the use of pressure points to enhance Hapkido self-defence techniques. These are two martial arts in their own rights so from early next year Hapkido students will be able to study for 3 black belts at our Academy (Hapkido, Hapkido Ground Combatvies and Hapkido Pressure Point Combatives). Academy instructors are training in both systems at the moment so we can deliver these programmes to our students.       
Sword Fighting

Sword Fighting skills for both children and adults is also offered as a stand-alone class or to compliment your Hapkido training. Further Information Here.   


Academy News - July 2018


Academy Head Instructor Callum Forbes promoted to 7th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido



(Callum was promoted to 7th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido by Grand Master In Sun Seo at the World Kido Federation / Hanminjok Hapkido Association's 2018 Member Summit in San Francisco on July 14th 2018.)

2018 Oceania Cup and Hapkido Festival

Over the weekend of September 15th and 16th the Academy is again hosting a National Hapkido Tournament and a series of seminars featuring Grand Master Scott Seo (8th Dan) from Seoul, South Korea and Master Young Hwan Choi (7th Dan) from our sister school in Changwon City. The event is sanctioned by both the World Kido Federation / Hanminjok Hapkido Association and the New Zealand Hapkido Federation. Details can be downloaded:   
2018 Hapkido Festival and 1st Oceania Cup Invitation Document.pdf
2nd Oceania Cup Competition Rules Final.pdf

The weekend is aimed at Hapkido students but like with previous events, we welcome students from other martial arts styles as well. Please note that the deadline for entries into the Oceania Cup are due no later than Friday August 17- we will not accept any entries after that point.

Entry into the Hapkido seminars can be registered and paid for in advance or at the door on the day. Although to give us a better idea of final numbers we would prefer registration and payment prior.  

For further information please contat callum@hapkido.co.nz

Contact Us

p: 021 330 989

e: Callum Forbes

Member of the World Kido Federation and Haminjok Hapkido Association
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