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


About Hapkido

People have many reasons for their interest in the martial arts. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek to add discipline and self control to their lives. Others are concerned about personal safety and self-defence. While others like the camaradie of the classes and meeting with like minded people.

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 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. 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.  


Hapkido for Adults and Teens

At the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy we offer fun, low, medium and high intensity, technical and non-intimidating martial arts classes for all skill levels. Our goal is to teach the highest quality of martial arts instruction to our members so that you receive the greatest value for your time and effort. 

Our Teen and Adult classes will increase your physical abilities - stamina, strength, and flexibility - as well as your mental awareness and confidence. Martial arts classes also lower stress levels 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.
Hapkido Little Dragons for ages 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.
Is a new fitness and conditioning class for non-martial artists and non-martial artists alike. We are starting this class in 2018 and will post details here shortly!
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.   


Video of the Month

The Academy has a "You Tube" channel for presenting our training methods and student gradings.  You can view our videos HERE

Demonstration of New Zealand Hapkido techniques during the 2017 Hapkido World Championships in Yangsan, South Korea by Academy student Yasmin Chan. 

NEWS - May 2018  

We have had a very busy yea so far with the first grading cycle for the year completed in early April and students are working hard preparing for the next cycle in about 3 months time. 

Our busy year continues with our hosting of the Oceania Cup - our Hapkido National Championships - which will be held at the Academy on Saturday 15th September at the Academy followed by Hapkido seminars with Grand Master Scott Seo (8th Dan) from Seoul and Master Choi (7th Dan from Changwon City, South Korea) on Sunday 16th September. These are two events not to miss and are for all levels of age and ability.

Later in the year we will be hosting Masters Fari Salievski and Fab Cella to introduce two major additions to our class seminar. Master Fari who is a 7th Dan in Hapkido and a 1st Dan in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu will be introducing our "BBJ Combatives" syllabus to compliment our core Hapkido class by allowing Hapkido students to further refine their self-defence skills while on the ground. Master is a 6th Dan in Hapkido and 5th Dan in "Kyuso - pressure point fighting" our "Kyuso" syllabus. Both arts compliment our core Hapkido offering and will only be offered to Hapkido students. However, this means that from late 2018/early 2019 students at our Academy will be able to study for black belts in up to three systems.

The Oceania Cup - Hapkido National Championships

This year is also our Oceania Cup year. Every 2 years we run the Oceania Cup which is the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association's Regional Hapkido Champsionships. It will be held over the weekend 15th - 16th September and will also feature a seminar with Grandmaster Scott Seo from South Korea. He will be joined by Master Choi from Chang Won City also in South Korea. Master Choi runs our sister-school in that City.     


Contact callum@hapkido.co.nz for further information.

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p: 021 330 989

e: Callum Forbes

Member of the World Kido Federation and Haminjok Hapkido Association
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