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

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!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Patient, my dear… “La pazienza”…

Today we all use the Internet in one way or another, and social media is very important for most of us to communicate with friends, and the rest of the world. When I moved here I wanted to have a fast Internet so I actually can sit by the computer and surf and chat and download anything without thinking of how much data I use. It is also important for my work, of course.

The story of the Italian Internet…
My Italian are still not good enough to communicate (sadly, but working on it!), so I got help from one of my Italian friends to order Internet for me, and to make sure it will be fast enough so I can use it for streaming without the squares and all the waiting. After saying “sì” or “no” on the phone by signal from my friend, I finally agreed to sign a contract for Internet. We made an appointment 14 days later to connect my apartment to the fibre and really fast Internet… “Wow, I will really soon be able to use Internet and finally catch up with some of the episodes from my Netflix series!”, I thought. Well… as you may have guessed out of the title of this little article, I needed to wait a bit more.

Lets see if I remember it all. First time my friend made a mess, so we needed to reschedule. It can happen. The next time the technician had some trouble and could not come. Ok, so we are even. The third time the technician didn't have the right key for the box. What the hell, you are working with this every day, and you don't have the right tools? The fourth time the technician did the connection in the outer box, and used the rest of his two hours to look for the box inside. When he finally found it he was out of time and he needed to reschedule. The fifth time the technician looked for signals in the box, and he found non… 150 metres of cable from the box to my apartment was missing, so once again - reschedule! So far I am writing three months of waiting…