Hugo Tobar, Founder of NK Institute

Hugo Tobar, Founder of NK Institute

As the founder of Neuroenergetic Kinesiology and the NK Institute, Hugo Tobar has been introducing new kinesiology concepts and techniques to the world since 1998. Taking inspiration from a wealth of knowledge and experience such as his 3-year immersion into Indian spirituality, his strong Ecuadorian and Australian cultural background, his studies of Civil Engineering and a life of travels, Hugo started developing his own ideas and concepts that would lead him to modernise, redefine and expand existent kinesiology techniques.

Hugo Tobar studied alongside notable kinesiologists such as Charles Krebs PhD (founder of LEAP), Chris Rowe and Kerryn Sedgeman. After completing a diploma of kinesiology in Melbourne during the nineties, he went on to further his knowledge of the specialty with renowned practitioners such as Charles Krebs, Richard Utt (Applied Physiology) and Ian Stubbings (SIPS point system). Shortly after graduating from the college, he started to develop his own ideas and material which quickly got endorsed by Charles Krebs who facilitated the introduction of Hugo’s innovations to the world in 1999 at the Applied Physiology annual meeting in Tucson Arizona. This milestone marked the beginning of Hugo’s teaching career and prompted him to develop his own workshops.

Hugo founded the Neuroenergetic Kinesiology Institute (NK Institute) in 2004 in Murwillumbah and now separates his time teaching workshops in Australia and overseas. Hugo Tobar’s profound contributions in kinesiology prompt frequent and regular invitations to teach in institutes all over Europe, including Kirchzarten Germany, the world's largest kinesiology institute. He has now written and developed 57 courses, authored  94 kinesiology publications and taught in 16 countries. Hugo continues his prolific development of material which has also deeply impacted other areas of kinesiology such as the LEAP system by Charles Krebs PhD. He has so far presented at 38 major conferences in kinesiology in 9 different countries.

Hugo’s work is now well renowned internationally placing neuroenergetic kinesiology and the NK Institute at the forefront of the developments in kinesiology. His material is considered the most advanced in the field today and through the teachings of NK Institute, he has contributed to raising the professional practice and training standards in Australia.


  • Australian Kinesiology Association 2016 - Long standing member of 20 years 
  • Australian Kinesiology Association 2008 - Kinesiology modality leadership and innovation as a world recognised kinesiology course author and trainer 
  • Australian Kinesiology Association 2001 - Outstanding contribution to the growth in awareness of kinesiology within the community 


  • Associate Fellow Australian Institute of Management (AFAIM) 
  • Australian Kinesiology Association (AKA) 
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) 
  • International Association of Specialised Kinesiologists (IASK) 
  • Member of the Complementary and Alternative Health Industry Reference Committee