It’s about to start raining when we meet up outside Jonas’ clinic at Rörstrandsgatan in Stockholm. Jonas is extremely busy with clients and had to shut down his waiting list last year. We were very happy when he managed to squeeze us in to his calendar. He will soon travel to Las Vegas to enjoy “the money fight” between McGregor and Mayweather 26th of August. With McGregor’s movement coach Ido Portal as a close friend, Jonas is counting on getting a ticket.

Upwards in the world of naprapathy

Jonas’ last name brings us into a story about an Iranian art student who met a Swedish medical student in Umeå, got married and moved to Iran, but later on returned to Sweden in the late 70’s when the Islamic revolution approached. The couple, who are Jonas’ parents, settled down in Hudiksvall where Jonas was born and grew up. As a teen, he was a promising soccer player but was unfortunately also suffering from frequent injuries. It was an injury that got him in contact with naprapathy for the first time. “I had a thigh injury for about two years. Doctors, physiotherapists and chiropractors had all tried to treat my injury without success. Eventually I booked an appointment with a naprapath and after two treatments I was healed. It was truly amazing to me!”


Several years later, when the acceptance letter from the Naparapathy University arrived, four years of studies and one year of practical studies awaited. Jonas ended up in the same class as Magnus “Jycken” Cedenblad, and they became good friends. Many students tried to learn the profession by studying all the books, but Jonas was keen to learn by real experience. “I started working with sports teams already in my first year. In time I moved on to bigger teams and ended up in the medical team of AIK. During my final year I was appointed manager of the medical team, which was a great experience but at the same time it meant a lot of work in the evenings and during weekends. I decided to move to Norway and start a clinic, but after some time I got homesick and moved back to Stockholm.” Jonas is now one of the founders of Naprapatiska Institutet with five clinics in Stockholm.

Many of those who go to Jonas have already tried several specialists without getting the right help. He always tries to use a holistic perspective to find the true root cause of each problem. “I meet athletes who sit up at night playing video games, sleep a few hours and arrive at morning practice with a McDonald’s bag. Then they’re asking why their bodies doesn’t recover properly. Some of my clients have stomach ache and have been through several medical examinations without finding the cause. My first question to them is what they’re eating, and most of them get chocked when they realize that no doctor has asked them that question yet. With a food diary it’s usually easy to find what the problem is. The solution to most injuries and stiffness is about getting stronger where you’re weak and more mobile where you’re stiff, pretty basic.”


Life balance as a goal

Jonas has gained knowledge in many areas important for life balance and a healthy living. Almost all the money he earns go to travels so that he can meet inspiring experts and gurus. “The first person who inspired me a lot was Paul Chek, an American holistic lifestyle guru. He speaks about four doctors: Dr. Quiet, Dr. Diet, Dr. Happiness and Dr. Movement. It’s all about going deeper into these and finding the right balance between them. You can’t only listen to Dr. Happiness and be out on fun adventures all the time; you also need Dr. Quiet which means taking it easy and recover. Many athletes work out, i.e. high pulse training, but work in is equally important, i.e. pulse reducing activities.”

”I’ve spent a lot of time studying Dr. Movement, and I started by meeting Charles Poliquin. He has coached athletes to olympic and world championship medals in more sports than anyone else; ice hockey, long jump, sprint etc. He recommended me to meet Ido Portal, so I joined one of his workshops and got stuck. I’ve now trained with Ido for three years and we meet approximately every second month. Ido’s philosophy is not focused on health, but only on increasing the ability to move. He has created a boom for movement training with his cooperation with McGregor. There are people making fun of the training, but that’s only due to their lack of understanding. They see a ten seconds Instagram video in which a guy with pony tail touches another guy’s butt. But they lack understanding about the purpose of the exercise and what you get out of it. Conor used to be in pain every morning when he woke up, but thanks to Ido’s spinal waves and other exercises the pain is gone.”

Thanks to Jonas’ hard work with Ido Portal’s training, he has now been chosen to be part of Ido’s mentorship group. Only 15 individuals have been selected, out of all the thousands that train with Ido. “It means that we get a chance to train more and much closer with Ido than others. We can go deeper into projects and polish details in a better way. It requires hard work and a lot of dedication, with two extensive training sessions per day. You then get Ido’s approval and support to open a Movement facility.”

Mistakes fighters do

Jonas treats and helps many successful fighters, and he’s been a martial artist himself for many years now. “When I was 7-8 years old, my mom brought me to a jiu-jitsu class, which was my first martial arts experience. Many years passed before I picked it up again, but this time it was boxing at Narva BK, when I started my studies in Stockholm. Jycken and I used to watch PRIDE and the UFC at his place, and after some time he convinced me to join him for training at Brasa Stockholm [which later became Fightzone Stockholm, Ed's note], to try BJJ. They had the Brazilian star Alan ”Finfou” (Do Nascimento) who was my first trainer. Some years later I went to Thailand to train muay thai for a couple of months, and when I was back in Stockholm I joined VBC which was Sweden’s best muay thai gym back then. One of our clinics is in SPR’s facilities in Södermalm, so I train BJJ with them as often as I can.”


Since Jonas meet and treat so many fighters, we’re of course curious to hear about common mistakes they do. “The most common problem is one-sided training and the lack of periodization. The training program is just not that good. Instead of doing 8-10 trainings with high quality they do 12-14 with lower quality. Very few spend time on building a strong foundation or focus on improving their weaknesses. Instead they train general strength and conditioning, and go all in on everything. Sometimes people need a week of deload to be able to train harder two weeks later, but many of them go 100% all the time.”

”When it comes to movement training, it can be about improving the mobility in stiff joints, but it can also be about rhythm, precision and speed. Movement training is an umbrella with many sub-areas. One example is to improve elasticity for when you bounce in your fighting stance. Not many fighters spend time on improving and refining that elasticity, and not many know how to do it. Ido taught me a principle called The three I’s – isolation, integration and improvisation. You have to start by learning techniques, movements or whatever you want to learn, in an isolated way. You have to learn how to throw a straight right before you can learn a combination which includes a straight right. When you’ve learned a technique isolated and then integrated in a combination, you can start using it in improvisation, when you’re fighting freely. People often want to proceed too fast and neglects the isolation part of training.”

With such a close contact to Conor McGregor’s movement coach, we hope that Jonas can give us some insight in regard of the Mayweather fight. ”Ido is with Conor right now for the preperations. It’s an extremely tough mission for him, facing the possibly best defensive boxer of all time. But I think he has a better chance than what most people seem to think. I’d say at least 15-20% chance of winning. My heart is with Conor in this fight. I have an Irish friend who wrote me when Conor was about to do his UFC debut in Stockholm. He said that Conor was one of a kind and that I should bet all my money on him. So I put in 5000 kr (approx. 525 EUR, Ed's note) and won that times 4 or 5, that was a good night!

We end the interview by letting Jonas give his opinion on who we should interview in the future. “I want to know more about Emad Omran, he’s the next big thing in BJJ!”