Self Defense

Self-defence starts with mental awareness, for example

  • A phrase like “can I help you?” can diffuse a lot of the emotional tension in a conflict and help you take control of the situation.  An assailant has a preconceived idea of how a victim can behave and any unexpected behaviour such as speaking assertively will help you gain the upper hand.
  • Visualisation can be a powerful tool for learning and success.  Picture yourself successfully defending yourself, verbally and physically. Imagine the scene in as great a detail as possible. Practising success this way will help you teach yourself instant and appropriate action, and it will teach your mind to override potentially immobilising negative thoughts.

You immediately learn practical tips for keeping yourself safe, for example

  • A handful of coins, a drink or a pen can all be used as emergency weapons.
  • We discuss what you wear and carry and how these are adapted in situations.

You learn the traditional martial arts use of the power of neuro-muscular training. How balance, technique and repetition are the base for all defence.


Women in Hapkido

Hapkido does not require strength or size to be effective, which makes it particularly attractive to women. It’s more fun than the gym, but offers plenty of aerobic and conditioning work to keep fit while learning lots of practical self-defence techniques that are effective in the real world. It does not take long to build […]

Is Martial Art training for me?

(This article was provided by Master Callum Forbes, 6th Dan, Chief instructor, Hapkido New Zealand. Callum is also the instructor for the Upper Hutt Hapkido Academy). YOU can learn effective self-defence skills at ‘self-defence seminars’ but while the techniques taught at these are effective, they require repeated practice over time to ensure that you can […]

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