It was great to see some new pictures of Alex posted yesterday, only 2 months after we saw him very slim and trim and relaxed on holiday in Europe.
As we expected would happen, Alex, this week attended his friend and trainer, Egan Inoue’s induction into the Hawaiian Sports Hall of Fame.
- Posted by Shel Young
It was an honor for me and @stephmurata to be at @eganinoue induction into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame last night👍 so proud of him and everything he’s accomplished in life! #ironsharpensiron
- Some words from Alex about Egan.
“I met Egan when I first moved out to Hawaii to do Hawaii Five-0. My co-star, Scott Caan, a BJJ brown belt (at the time) spoke very highly of him, telling me that Egan’s coaching was world class.
It wasn’t long before I realized everything this guy did was world-class….no instructor has ever given me more skills or honed my techniques like he has.
Whether you goal is to get fit and change your body and lifestyle, learn to defend yourself, or become a professional athlete, Egan Inoue has the capacity to help you make that transformation.””– Alex O’LoughlinBJJ Brown Belt
According to many, it has been long overdue for Egan Inoue to be inducted into the Hawaiian Sports Hall of Fame. And it happened in 2020 already – although with all the Covid restrictions the event was postponed from May 2020 until now.
- The announcement of it back in 2020:
“The 2020 Induction Class covers a wide variety of pursuits, exemplifying Hawai‘i’s unique and profound impact on the sports world,”
said Dr. Larry Price, Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame’s Chairman of the Board.
“It is our honor and privilege to welcome Ben Aipa, Egan Inoue, and Roland Leong to the Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame family.”
These three inductees will bring the total number of Hawai‘i Sports Hall of Fame Members to 158.
Congratulations our Class of 2020 Inductees:
They write about Egan:
Egan Inoue is an entrepreneur. He owns a fitness company, with three gyms on O‘ahu, as well as a cryotherapy business. Inoue is also an author and a motivational speaker, who used to be a mixed martial arts fighter, who before that was the first non-Brazilian to win a Brazilian JiuJitsu world title. However, before any of that, the multi-talented and multi-faceted Inoue was a two-time world champion in racquetball.
Inoue discovered racquetball as a 16 year-old, becoming Hawai‘i state champ by the time he graduated from high school in 1983. Just three years later, he won the men’s singles title at the International Racquetball Federation (IRF) World Championships in Orlando Florida. A year later, he won the men’s singles title at the 1987 Pan American Championships. Inoue won his second world title in in Caracas, Venezuela in 1990, the same year he stated his own racquet company, E-force, which quickly grew to be one of the leading racquetball manufacturing companies in the world.
In 1993, Inoue suffered a serious knee injury, which forced him to retire from racquetball but left him plenty of time to take up other pursuits.
Went on to become the first non-Brazilian to win a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship (twice) & and then was five time MMA title holder.
Egan was already inducted into the International Racquetball Hall of Fame in 2012, although he only got the news of it 8 years later in 2020.
- Congressman Ed Case also attended the event and he posted some pictures:
In the presence of legends! Honored to join so many in celebrating the induction into our Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame of Ben Aipa (surfing), Egan Inoue (racquetball), Roland Leong (auto racing), Tita Ahuna (volleyball), and Larry Price (contributor). Mahalo for your achievements and for giving us all such pride and inspiration.
- Some words from Scott Caan about Egan:
I had one very specific goal when I first got to Hawaii. I needed to find someone to train with. A purple belt at the time and just coming back from an ACL surgery, I met Egan. We trained, and immediately, I knew I had not only found what I was looking for but also a coach. With all my injuries, he taught me how to relax and still train as hard and intense as I wanted while still keeping my body safe. He took everything I had previously learned and improved on it with his knowledge and style BJJ. I know it sounds normal or what a coach is supposed to do, but it’s just not that simple. It’s very difficult for an instructor taking a student who has been training for several years and continue forward on that same path without insisting the student start fresh. He improved my game. He taught me a lot on and off the mat. He’s a true friend and one of the most insane athletes I’ve ever met. I have been training BJJ for over 15 years and I had two goals. 1. to receive my black belt and keep training. 2. To be able to pass Egan’s guard. I think something like 1 in 100 people taking BJJ will ever end up getting a black belt. Between the two goals I’ve set for myself the latter seems way less probable.Scott CaanBJJ Black Belt
- Egan was already inducted into the International Racquetball Hall of Fame in 2012, although he only got the news of it 8 years later in 2020.
(Picture of Alex and Egan in Nov 2016 and the launch of Egan’s book)
Let’s hope some more pictures of the latest event emerge …