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. 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 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 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.
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.
BJJ Combatives and Kyusho
These are two new systems that we are introducing to the Academy in late 2018. Hapkido employs self-defence techniques from the ground and also pressure points to assist with the application of self defence techniques. We find that in our mainstream Hapkido classes tht we don't have time to give either proper attention. BJJ Combatives will add to a Hapkido student's ground game while Kyusho will cover pressure points. These are two martial arts in their own rights so from later this year Hapkido students will be able to study for 3 black belts at our Academy (Hapkido, BJJ Combatives and Kyusho)      
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

NEWS - June 2018  


The Oceania Cup - Hapkido National Championships


The 2018 Oceania Cup is Sponsored by Huia Realty


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. 

The 2018 Oceania Cup will be held on Saturday 15th September at the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy. It will feature patterns, self-defence and sparring competitions in various divisions from age 5 to adult veterans.

The Hapkido seminars will be held at the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy on Sunday 16th September and will feature seminars for Children, Teen and Adult Hapkido students and Black Belts.

Members from all of our affiliated Hapkido schools throughout New Zealand will be attending and we also welcome inquiries from other styles.   



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

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Contact Us

p: 021 330 989

e: Callum Forbes

Member of the World Kido Federation and Haminjok Hapkido Association
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