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 Martial Arts 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 Martial Arts Academy we offer martial arts classes for all ages, fitness 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 core classes are our Hapkido classes which 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 Martial Arts 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 5 to 6 although we have some a young as 4 depending on the child. 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 along with bully-proofing techniques. All classes are taught using the safest, fun, and exciting instruction methods available for this age group.
Further information Here
Ground Combatives
Ground Combatives covers ground fighting and applying Hapkido techniques while on the ground. While our core Hapkido syllabus does include some ground self defence techniqes, Ground Combatives takes this aspect of Hapkido to a much deeper level. Based on Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, Ground Combatives is a martial art in its own right that you can earn a black belt in. You need to be a teenage or adult student enrolled in our Hapkido classes and at be least a Blue Belt to attend this class.
Further Information Here
Kyusho-Jitsu ("One Second Fighting") covers attacking anatomical weak points in a structured and scientific manner. While our core Hapkido syllabus does cover this to some extent, Kyusho-Jitsu takes this aspect of Hapkido to a much deeper level and is a martial art in its own right that you can also earn a black belt in. You need to be aged 16 over, be enrolled in our Hapkido classes and be at least a Blue Belt to attend this class.
Further Information Here
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


December 2019 



What's New?


New Zealand Hapkido Wins Big on Korea Trip 2019

Members of our Academy along with members from our New Plymouth and Wellington Hapkido Schools travelled to South Korea recently to take part in the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Assoication's Korea Trip 2019.

This included the 11th Hapkido World Championships in Busan over the weekend 28th - 29th September.  We have always won medals in the sparring at previous Championships but for the first time we won medals in the harder Self-Defence and Patterns (Forms) divisions as well as the new long break fall division - taking home 21 medals in total.

Upper Hutt Martial Arts Academy Class Instructor Sean Harvey went up a weight division to fight in the Men's Black Belt Heavy Weight Division and narrowly lost to a huge Korean in the final.

Both the Korean and other international competitors were very impressed with our efforts. We were up against very strong international and local competitors and only lost out on some more medals through the narrowest of margins.

Competition is not a major focus in Hapkido and the Hapkido World Championship is only held once every two years. But it does give us the opportunity to compare ourselves to other forms and styles of Hapkido from around the world. Our performance showed that New Zealand Hapkido is very strong.


Upcoming Events

  • May 2020 - New Plymouth Hapkido Regional Tournament
  • July 2020 - WKF Member Summit in San Francisco
  • 12th - 13th September 2020 - 3rd Oceania Cup and Seminars with GM Scott Seo in Upper Hutt. 
For further information please contact: 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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