Hapkido

  • Affiliated to New Zealand Hapkido Federation
  • Classes run Tuesdays from 6pm to 715pm, and Saturdays from 4pm to 530pm. Other Hapkido classes are for the more experienced students
  • Uniforms – start with a basic black uniform – $70 (ordered through the club)
  • Grading costs are:
    • $30 – White and Yellow Belt Grades
    • $40 – All Blue Belt Grades
    • $50 – All Red Belt Grades

Hapkido is a pure self defence art, with many kicks, punches, holds, bar and ground grappling.



Hapkido was founded in South Korea in about 1950 by Grand Master Choi Yong Sul. Grand Master Choi’s (pronounced ‘Chae’) Hapkido originally consisted of about 34 techniques purportedly derived from Daito-Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu (Traditional Hapkido) which were then expanded on with the inclusion of Korean kicking and striking techniques as well as various weapons techniques introduced by some of Grand Master Choi’s first generation students (Modern Hapkido).
Hapkido teaches you how to defend yourself and others against unprovoked violence. It combines hand strikes and powerful kicking techniques along with joint locks, holds, takedowns, throws and ground fighting.
Hapkido’s techniques are based on an opponents attack, meeting that attack, turning it back on the attacker, and following through with offensive finishing techniques if required.
The best way to describe Hapkido is that it is a “Complete Martial Art” because of its many dimensions. However, unlike modern “Mixed Martial Arts” which also covers a wide range of techniques, our focus is not on competition or sport but rather on practical self-defence. Hapkido is a unique style that will enable you to defend yourself in just about any conceivable situation at whatever stage of life you are at.

Hapkido in New Zealand

Our particular style of Modern Hapkido, New Zealand Hapkido, was originally introduced to New Zealand by Grand Master Jung Nam Lee in 1975. Grand Master Lee taught a very practical and powerful style of Hapkido that has stood the test of time. Our Hapkido training aims to preserve and develop Grand Master Lee’s original teachings and philosophy which has Hapkido as a self defence focused martial art as opposed to a sport.
The Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy is the Headquarters for Hapkido New Zealand which is an informal collective of 8 Hapkido Schools across New Zealand as at October 2017.
The Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy is also a member group of the World Kido Federation/Hanminjok Hapkido Association – one of the largest Korean martial arts associations in the world with over 600 member clubs in South Korea alone and over 350 member clubs worldwide.