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Sunday, 13 January 2019

The end... or just the beginning?

The year in Italy is sadly ended, both the blog and me living there. This will be the last article. If you wish to follow me further I have a new blog - Wheeltofight, which I use for my little firm where I do instructions of self defense for wheelchair.

I was staying in Italy from October 2017 to October 2018, a bit back and forth between Norway and Italy while working on a project called "hjulbeintkampsport" (Martial Arts in wheelchair). The year has been fantastic! I have got to know so much nice people, got new friends - a new Italian family! I have been able to see a bit of the area where I was living in, and I have enjoyed so much delicious food and wine thru out the year. Specially Osteria Baldovino has become one of my favourites because of the people, the food, the wine and the art. 




The main reason I wanted to stay in Italy was to get the opportunity to train martial arts to improve my skills and be able to instruct other wheelchair users myself. I have been following a course of Qi Gong at Hombu dojo - Makoto, and working with The Makotokai Karate Wheelchair System at Jin dojo in Padova. Together with the project #hjulbeintkampsport I have gained more confidence and startet my way to be able to do that. For sure I wanted to do so much more, and I was hoping my body managed to have less pain, but all in all, I am satisfied. 


It was really hard to move back to Norway to the dark, the cold and not be able to feel the warmth of the sun until the spring is here again. On the other hand, I have begun my work as a biomedical laboratory engineer again, and I am happy to see my colleges, so as my friends and family. 

Working with the project has given me the opportunity to get experience as an instructor of self defense for wheelchair users.  I wish to do more of this, so I have startet my firm - Wheeltofight. For now this will be something I do outside my daily work, but maybe in time I can do this all year. Who knows what will happens. I have just started my journey, even if the year in Italy is over. 


Do not be afraid to make your dreams become thrue!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

The film from #hjulbeintkampsport

I am so proud to show you all our film that we made for the Norwegian project - #hjulbeintkampsport. Trondheim Karateklubb is the owner of the project and I am leading it together with some great people. The project is funded of ExtraStiftelsen, and we also have worked together with Kampsportforbundet. We are ending it in June 2018, but hope that our course - "Introduction of self defense for wheelchair users" will be arranged different places in Norway also after the project has ended. If you have question about the course, just contact me at wheeltofight@gmail.com.

With this film I hope to get other wheelchair users motivated to do martial art! 
Enjoy and be motivated! 


English translation: 

You are trying to do the same as always, live life as the accident never occurred.
But basically, you know that your life will never be like before.

But instead of giving up - you fight!
Instead of letting the insecurity take over you fight against the prejudices!

And yes, it cost more now, you have to sacrifice more.
But you do not give up! You are strong!

- Finally - you want to welcome the new everyday life.

- The road to self-esteem starts now! - 

A time for looking back

Once in a while (or should I rather say "Once upon a time and happily ever after"?) it is necessary to take a break and look back on your life. Today Facebook reminded me of a memory I had five years ago:

For those of you who not read Norwegian I wrote about that I like to focus of what I have achieved not the way I have achieved it. It has been hard times and bad days, but without them it is hard to appreciate the good ones.

Today it is 15 years ago since my accident that made me use a wheelchair in daily life, and I am still able to see what I have achieved rather than not. Thru hard work and positive thinking I have come so far! In this post, the first post for a long time, I want you all to sit down, breath and clear your mind. Focus on three good things in your life right now, and write them down. This is something you should do every day!

Instead of just focus on today, I wish to look back of my 15 years in wheelchair. From the first day in the hospital I felt lucky to survive, and I had good people around me that helped me to focus ahead of a new beginning in life. And what a life! Both sorrows and great happiness, all together helping me with the perspective of my life. Luckily I have a strong and positive mind that forget easily... maybe you are not follow when I say that forgetting things are a luck, but for me it has been really important to be able to forget all the hardest episodes in my life. For sure, they are there, some place deep, but I have worked it out and found my way of living my life. The hardest episodes in my life have given me the right perspective so I can appreciate the simple and good things my life is full of, that also your life is full of!

I am able to enjoy - a delicious cup of Italian coffee, listening to the birds and 
the sea, feeling the sun warm my face and body. 

I am able to enjoy - my own company, an exciting book or a great movie. 

I am able to enjoy - my laziness and my energy.

I am able to enjoy - creating projects for me and for others.

I am able to really enjoy - activities like training martial arts in a wheelchair. 

I am able...








Saturday, 3 February 2018

Open European Karate Cup in Montecatini Terme, Italy



The weekend of 18th – 19th of November I visited Montecatini Terme to watch the Open European Karate Cup. I drove from Muggia early in the morning, and arrived at lunchtime. I said hi to a lot of friends, and I was so lucky to also be presented for the big guys in WUKO! I am really honoured!


From the left: Master Paolo Bolaffio, WUKO president Sei Iwasa, WUKO chairman Sean Henke and WUKO honorary member Spartaco Bertoletti.


I think the arrangement was good! Everyone that wanted to watch was welcome for free. Nearly 1500 participants where attending from many different countries. Unfortunately no one from Norway this time, but I hope we can manage to join in one or two years. It was totally seven tattami with different form of karate. It looked like most of the arrangement went well. I watched mostly Makotokai karate because that is the karate I do.

Saturday was the day for kata and for the opening ceremony. After the opening ceremony they started with a class for differently abled people, all from Downs Syndrome to blind people. Everyone did a really great performance!  I got to greet great people making this to happen. Hope for the future also wheelchair users will join the competitions.


Sunday was kumite day. A lot of energy and fun! I am so impressed of all the participants! I got to sit ringside by the tattami for Makotokai karate, and I watch a lot of tough but good fights. The spirits of the participants was so great and I felt a bit overwhelmed. I was humorously asked if I wanted some popcorn, for the show. 😂  

The time flied! They where finished around five in the afternoon, and I drove back home. Nearly five hours of drive felt like a short moment.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

What is happiness?

When you have waited for more than three month and you  thought you needed to wait a bit more, but then the doorbell ring and a technician come and says he had some time and he got me online!

Hope to update you the next days of my time so far.... it has already been more than three months! Ci vediamo presto!