13 November 2013
When Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin moved to Hawaii, he met MMA champion Egan Inoue and quickly discovered a passion for jiu-jitsu.
“BJJ (Brazil jiu-jitsu) is something I’ve wanted to learn for many years, and I’m glad I started in the hands of Egan,” notes O’Loughlin, who was introduced to Inoue by Scott Caan. “Over the last few years, I’ve had the chance to travel and roll with a number of different black belts, and through those experiences I’ve been able to see how great Egan’s jiu-jitsu game is.
“But, above and beyond that, what separates him from other teachers and makes him a master is his spiritual connection to the martial arts. Egan has an innate capacity to impart his life philosophies onto his students, as well as the art itself.”
Inoue, who is a black belt third-degree in jiu-jitsu, five-time MMA world champion and two-time Brazilian jiujitsu world champion, also offers ‘Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamps’ in Manoa, Kailua, downtown Honolulu and Waipio. He also owns Grappling Unlimited and has relocated his Manoa studio to a larger space at 2700 S. King St.
Inoue is extremely proud of the new gym, called Egan’s Training Center, and especially thankful to O’Loughlin, who was responsible for the fundamental design, layout and materials.
“I also organized the construction team,” adds O’Loughlin. “In addition to that, over the last six months or so I’ve worked closely with my friend Steve Finch in updating the artwork for Grappling Unlimited, including a commission samurai piece that now hangs on the back wall.”
The new training center also has a hexagon cage and additional mat space, which O’Loughlin lists as his favorite things, along with a unique concrete bench they poured near the reception desk.
“I train as much as I can. If I could train every day, I would, and sometimes I do but usually a few times a week,” notes O’Loughlin, who is now a blue belt in jiu-jitsu. “The thing I love most about jiu-jitsu is that it forces me to be in the moment. I can’t think about the past or the future, only right now. The minute I leave the moment I am being put to sleep.”
The public was invited to a grand reopening Nov. 16 with free 20-minute boot-camp mini sessions at 9 a.m., a keiki bootcamp (ages 4 to 12) at 10 a.m., a bootcamp challenge at 11 a.m. and a jiu-jitsu seminar taught by Inoue at noon.
Also Nov. 17 2013, Inoue and O’Loughlin teamed up for a women’s self-defense seminar at 1 and 3 p.m. Cost is $300, and all proceeds will be donated to Kapiolani hospital. Only 40 spots are available per seminar.
Note! A new chance to be taught by Alex!
For those of you who don’t know yet, Alex and Egan will be doing another seminar on 3 May 2015 (The date have changed from 26 April to 3 May in the past week – so make sure you have the correct date)
With the last seminar in 2013, Miek wrote us a great story of her experience. She will be going again this year, together with Manu. Chatting with Miek, the subject of asking Alex a question, came up. And we thought it would be fun to ask, all of you, to help Miek and Manu. Given the chance, what would you like to ask Alex? Post your questions in the comments section, or our twitter and FB timelines. We will gather them for Miek and Manu, and they will choose the most interesting ones. Hopefully they will get the chance to ask Alex one or two. So help out the girls. They want your questions. 🙂
If you ever had the chance to meet Alex, what would you really ask him?