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Hyol Do Bup is a mix of different aspects from martial arts and oriental medicine. It consists of various breathing techniques, drills and parts of self-defence (locks, strikes, kicks, control techniques and ways to release yourself from different situations). Hyol Do Bup also includes theory, which contains i.e. meridians, yin-yang and 24h clocking.

In practice you will learn different ways different angles of activating pressure points, striking on them and also pressing and grabbing them. Attacking and defending while using pressure points to your advantage are also trained. Pressure sensitive attack points, setup points and their activation, using and strengthening different techniques by using pressure points is also important. Knock-out techniques and first-aid are also essential part of Hyol Do Bup. You will get to know different healing techniques e.g. acupuncture, acupressing (shiatsu), massaging neutral pathways and meditation.

Concept of Hyol Do Bup is developed by Rami Vainionpää, who started practicing martial arts in 1979. He has 9th dan in Sin Moo Hapkido and 5th dan in Kombatan. In 1998 he was awarded Instructor of year in Europe. He also received Excellence award in London International Hall of Fame 2011 for his teaching work.

Hyol Do Bup has been influenced by Kombatan, Dim Mak and Wing Chun along with Hapkido. Technique expertise of Pekka Warling (Kyoshu) has helped in Hyol Do Bup’s development to it’s final shape. Hyol Do Bup has also been hugely effected by Jurg Ziegler, whose knowledge of martial arts is world-class and he has rank of grand master in many martial arts. He has been Vainionpää’s personal teacher for over 25 years.


Meridians are electromagnetic channels of energy streaming through body. There is 12+2 main meridians. Those include points that can be pressed and many health problems can be relieved and even stopped from coming. Understanding principles of meridians is very useful in healing; stiffness and pain in some part of body doesn’t seem like just a random pain,but it has certain connection in energy problems in some meridian streaming through particular part of body.
Meridian channels are usually named by their location in body and not by the organs they control. Solid organs (zang) and pericardium belong to Yin-meridians and sinus organs (fu) belong to Yang-meridians.
12+2 Meridians
(1) Su Tae Ym–PyeGyöng-Hand -Lung (2) Su Yang Myöng–Tae Jang Gyöng-Hand -Large Intestines
(3) ChokJang Myöng–Wi Gyöng-Foot -Stomach (4) ChokTae Ym–Pi Gyong-Foot -Spleen
(5) Su So Ym–Shim Gyong-Hand -Heart (6) Su Tae Yang –So Jang Gyong-Hand -Small Intestines
(7) ChokTeYang –Pang GwangGyong-Hand -Urinary Bladder (8) ChokSo Ym–Shin Gyong-Foot -Kidney
(9) Su GwölYm–Shim poo gyong-Hand -Pericardium (10) Su So Yang –Sam Jo Gyong-Hand –Triple warmer
(11) ChokSo Yang –Tam Gyong-Foot -Gallbladder (12) ChokGwölYm–KanGyong-Foot -Liver
(+1) ImMaek-Frontside–Conception (+2) Tong Maek-Backside -Goverment


Concept of the yin and yang is important in Hyol Do Bup. Oriental medicine and pressure points are mostly based on yin and yang. Principle of traditional oriental medicine is to keep balance between yin and yang and if it’s unbalanced, return it. Rules based on acupuncture are used in Hyol Do Bup but reason for stimulating pressure points is to create energy problems.
Yin and yang in choosing of pressure points means that if you choose to attack on yin point, next has to be yang point. Yin points are the lungs, pericardium, heart, kidney, spleen and liver (solid organs). Yang points are large-and small intestines, triple warmer, urinary bladder, gallbladder and stomach(sinus organs).


Each organ is ”at it’s best” two hours per day when performing techniques and treatment would be best.
Specific organs and meridians related to them are most active in two hours periods.
When organ’s energy is at it’s best, opposite organ’s (12 hours difference) energy is at it’s lowest.
Let’s use liver and small intestine which have opposite times for best activation times for example. Small intestine digests best at day and liver works best at night. If you eat heavily at evening, you will burden your small intestine’s energy and disturb your liver’s work. Noteworthy is that not only for physical but also for psychical reasons could result physical symptoms like waking up and nausea at certain times.

Below is a list of different organs and meridians working through day:

3-5am, Lung: Lung is cleansed. Emotionally associated with grief.

5-7am, Large Intestine: Time to wake up. Drinking warm water helps emptying large intestine. Imbalances may show up with feeling of guilt.

7-9am, Stomach: Stomach is ready to take breakfast. Timing is ideal for small intestine that activates at afternoon. If out of balance, symptoms are despair and disgust.

9-11am, Spleen: The spleen extracts nutrients from food, transforms it into energy and transports it to other organ systems. Symptoms of imbalance are overcaring and low self-esteem.

11am-1pm, Heart: Lunchtime. After that is good to go for a little walk, drink cup of tea and maybe even take a nap. Nutrients of breakfast are absorbed to circulation of blood. Gloominess might weight heart.

1-3pm, Small Intestine: If this time you have indigestion, it’s probably caused by problems in small intestine. Imbalances may show up as feeling of giving up or being not safe.

3-5pm, Urinary Bladder: Urinary bladder’s meridian streams through whole body and brings energy and blood for the brains. Drinking water is important, because urinary bladder removes toxins from body through urinating. Symptoms of imbalance are becoming angry and shyness.

5-7pm, Kidney: Regulation of mineral balance is kidneys job, which is according to oriental medicine, related to keeping our kidney ”essence” strong. Symptom of imbalance is fear.

7-9pm, Pericardium: Nutrients’ absorption at cell level. Symptom of imbalance is inability to express feelings.

9-11pm, Triple warmer: Hormonal activity, enzyme system and homeostasis are being regenerated. Time of relaxing. If imbalanced, there is feeling of hopelessness.

11pm-1am, Gall Bladder: It’s important to be sleeping at this time, so you can restore enough energy for next day. Bitterness and grudgeare signs of imbalance.

1-3am Liver: Time of purifying feelings and blood. Normally stressed people wake up this time at night. Liver is associated with every feeling; especially with anger



Five elements are interesting and challenging topic. In HyolDo Bupfive elements are used for healing and destructive cycle.

Healing (generating) cycle:

Wood feeds Fire
Fire creates Earth (from ash)
Earth bears Metal
Metal collects Water
Water nourishes Wood

Destructive (overcoming) cycle:

Wood parts Earth (such as roots or trees can prevent soil erosion)
Earth dams (or absorbs) Water
Water extinguishes Fire
Fire melts Metal
Metal chops Wood

Elements in meridians:

Earth: stomach / spleen
Metal: large intestine / lung
Water: urinary bladder / kidney
Wood: gallbladder / liver
Fire: small intestine / heart / triple warmer / pericardium


neulatAcupuncture is an old oriental method of treatment, where needles are inserted to patient’s body to right points. According to Chinese tradition, points were determined by meridians that figurative organs of body. In treatment of diseases insertion (of needles) affects streams that go through these meridians and goal is balance in organic system.Eastern scientists and medical workers have been able to verify two important physiological effects as a result of inserting needles.

1. Analgesic effect
Wide clinical use of acupuncture has proven its usefulness and power in relieving the pain.
Toothache, headache, lumbago, pain in limbs and chest, and stomach ache can be immediately relieved by inserting needles to certain points. Needling is also effective way to remove post-operative pain. With most of the people, acupuncture raises threshold of pain and already that way prevents pain.

2. Regulative effect
This is the most important part of acupuncture. With it problems in organic function can be fixed. Clinically is noticed that needling same point helps in opposite diseases. Diarrhea and constipation for their part are healed by needling same points. Treatment with needles is also good for treating high-and low blood pressure, helping people fainted or in a shock, calm down agitated people, and help people suffering from insomnia. Acupuncture is also found to be effective in some inflammatory diseases. Experimentally it is proven that needling increases amount of white blood cells and enhance phagocytes.


akupainallusAcupressing(acupressure) is a treatment method based on traditional oriental therapies. It’s purpose is to help with pain or prevent getting sick.
Meaning of acupressingis to improve stream of energy and increase good feeling which releases endorphin. There many different acupressure techniques.

Basics of acupressing
Pressing the most easily recognizable acupoints is good way to give first aid or treat your own ailments that doesn’t need doctor.
Focus treatment always to topical ”pain points”, which are called Ah Shi points. Points are easily found by pressing painful part hard. Ah Shi points are very sensitive. It is important to press so hard, that treatment feel a little uncomfortable at beginning. This way results are notably better.
In acute pain (less than 2 weeks) only few times of treatment is needed -approximately 2-3 times. In chronic pain (over 2 weeks) may be needed much more treatment times, even 20 times. Treating acute pain time between treatments doesn’t have to be more than 1 hour. In chronic pain times of treating can be at the start only 2-3 times per week. Lengthen time of treating when condition gets better.
Treatment made by other is better than treating yourself. Different acupressing techniques are practised in Hyol Do Bup.


In massage of neural pathways whole body is treated from head to toes. Massaging is restful and gentle. Head, upper-and lower limbs and back are treated softly with fingertips. After massage feeling is relaxed and calm, some might even fall asleep during massage. Longitudinal-and transverse neural pathways as well as cranial-and spinal nerves are treated. Through peripheral nervous system also central nervous system can be rehabilitated.
With neural pathway massage blood circulation, lymphatic circulation, metabolism, digestion and hormone activity can recover,inwhich case the body is cleaned of waste products, internal organs are strengthened, the nutrients are absorbed better and hormonal activity can be balanced.
Meaning of this is to make your body’s own, natural defensive mechanism to work and that way symptoms created by illness can be relieved or even completely removed.
In HyolDo Bup different ways of massaging neural pathways are practiced.