It’s Egan Inoue’s birthday and WE get the present! #AlexOLoughlin #Five0Redux

A nice write up on Egan by Wendie Joy and her Five-0 Redux. It’s nice to learn a little more about the man who keeps our boys of H50 fit and healthy, inspires so many and on top of it all, gives us far away fans little treats.  Speaking of treats, make sure you read to the bottom to enjoy a new one. 🙂




Egan Inoue with “Hawaii FIve-0″ star Alex OʻLoughlin.” (Courtesy Egan Inoue)

BY WENDIE BURBRIDGE / Special to the Star-Advertiser

Like many Hawaiʻi actors who have played villains on “Hawaii Five-0,” Egan Inoue is a juxtaposition in terms.

Inoue has all the physical attributes needed to play Wo Fat’s bodyguard, as he did in the season two opener, “Haʻiʻole.” And with a resume rich with martial arts experience and training, he looks and acts like a hired mercenary.

Yet no matter what you have read or heard about Inoue, he is a family man, dedicated trainer and MMA practitioner, as well as someone devoted to staying mentally and physically strong though martial arts.

After spending time at Egan’s Training Center in Mānoa and talking to Inoue about his life and his fighting career, I found most may know about him because he trains Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Yet there is so much more to Inoue than just being a trainer to the stars of “Hawaii Five-0.”

Inoue is a self-proclaimed “Mānoa boy,” growing up in the same valley where his training center sits today. He attended Roosevelt High School, then moved to the University of Hawaiʻi Lab School to play baseball. He attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa until he decided to chase his dreams. He became a professional racquetball player, traveling more than a million miles to play and compete in a sport where he was International Racquetball Federation World Champion in 1986 and 1990.


Egan Inoue with Grace Park in a scene from “Haʻiʻole. (Courtesy CBS)

After his 10-year career in racquetball, he went on to pursue another love, Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In 1996 and 1997 he became the World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion and now holds a third degree black belt in the sport. He also holds black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Shotokan Karate, Jeet Kun Do and Japanese Jiu Jitsu, as well as a brown belt in Judo.

Inoue said when practicing jiu-jitsu, it is “all within yourself.”

“In other sports, you’re always comparing yourself to others around you, but if you can stay within your game and keep a clear mind, that is the most important thing in any competition. You always want to stay centered and balanced,” he said.

Inoue himself is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter with five world championship titles. He said his style is mostly based on boxing training he received at Kalakaua Gym (some of his training was with my great-uncle Peter Jhun), Muy Thai kickboxing, and Greco Roman/Freestyle wrestling that he learned from UFC fighter Randy Couture, not to mention years of martial arts training and discipline.

While he no longer trains MMA fighters, he will train those who come through his jiu-jitsu ranks. Inoue currently runs Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp and Grappling Unlimited out of his Mānoa Training Center and holds classes at gyms in Kailua, Waipio and at the Downtown YMCA. He not only takes pride in his training center and the people he trains, but also has a strong sense of family and self. Inoue has five children, ranging from one year to 16 years old, and his wife Marcia is also very active in the running of his training center.

Everything in life is “a journey,” said Inoue.

“Whether you are learning jiu-jitsu or taking a bootcamp class or MMA, it’s all about the journey. Where you came from and where you are going,” he said.

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Egan Inoue training “Hawaii FIve-0″ star Alex OʻLoughlin. (Courtesy Egan Inoue)

When I asked Inoue about his time on “Hawaii Five-0,” he said he had been up for a different role, but after being asked to read a few lines he was given the bigger role of Wo Fat’s bodyguard. While his character didn’t have a name, he was seen in several key scenes with stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park. In his opening scene with Kim and Mark Dacascos, who plays Wo Fat, he was surprised Kim asked for advice on how he would handle a “surprise attack.” Inoue used his instinctive martial arts training to figure out a quick move that he could teach Kim to use in the scene, which was used in the final cut.

Inoue said working with Grace Park in two scenes was also very memorable as she would joke with him, often fixing his tie and his coat in between shots so he could maintain his slick henchman look. Park even stayed in the scene with him so he could deliver his line, “You won’t shoot, you’re a cop.”

Park could have let her stand-in finish the scene, but she said, “No, I want to stay here for Egan, I’m going to help him,” as the scene probably would have played differently for Inoue without her there to help him maintain his character. Inoue also said he played the ninja who broke into McGarrett’s house and stole the box in “Ke Kinohi” in season one.

“I joked with some fans that I know what’s in the Champ Box,” he said. Alas, Inoue was not allowed to share any more information.


Egan Inoue with the author. (Courtesy Wendie Burbridge)

For Inoue, training O’Loughlin and Caan is like working with anyone else.

“I don’t treat them any differently,” he said. “They are human and the jiu-jitsu skill is the same.”

He did say that when they have especially hard weeks they usually want to take time to train more and often call Inoue to carve out time so they can train with him. He said O’Loughlin really enjoys training and Inoue will even text him jiu-jitsu ideas to remember and focus on when shooting is especially hectic.

Today, June 4, is Inoue’s birthday, and in honor of his special day he’ll be sending out a birthday workout as a gift to everyone. He said he’s “thankful and grateful” for all the things fans and followers have done for him, so look for his birthday workout on his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter.

Redux Side Note:

CBS is starting to get viewers prepared for the upcoming “Hawaii Five-0” move to Friday nights. This week’s episode was “Hāʻawe Make Loa,” with guest appearances by Rumer Willis, C. Thomas Howell, several Victoria Secret models, and Hawaiʻi actress Z Zoccolante. Fridayʻs episode is “Kahu,” with special guests George Takei and Lew Temple of “The Walking Dead.”
Wendie Burbridge is a published author, playwright and teacher who lives and works in Honolulu. Reach her via Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


25 thoughts on “It’s Egan Inoue’s birthday and WE get the present! #AlexOLoughlin #Five0Redux

  1. thanku wendie great story and nice to get an insight on Egan, and love Alex vid. thankyou especially for the open robe! great chest view. i had to watch a couple of times to actually catch what Alex said . Was a little distracted LOL

  2. Great write up by Wendie, thank you so much for sharing!
    I’ve “sneak watched” the video but without audio cause i’m at work right now.
    i’m itching to hear HIS voice 😉

  3. Thank you for the lovely write up on Egan! Alex is so adorable in this interview. 🙂 His gratitude for Egan is very evident and I would like to thank Egan myself , for his part in the incredible transformation Alex has made in the last year! Martial arts involves mind and body. Egan texting Alex focus techniques during filming is a sign of a true master and friend.
    I found the open shirt wonderfully distracting and his smile warms my heart and lady parts. I believe Alex is the sexiest, and most physically and mentally fit that he’s ever been! I think I need to watch the video again 🙂 The Aussie accent isn’t as thick as it used to be, but it is still so yummy!
    Happy Birthday Egan!

  4. Great interview with Egan. Now we know why Alex is on his phone. The video was great. Alex looking so relaxed and I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He is looking younger and fitter. Happy Birthday Egan!!

  5. Hey everyone! Thanks for the comments:) I’d LOVE it if you headed over the The Pulse and commented there as well! Just cut and paste what you put here and post it in the comments on my blog so my editors will love me and let me continue to do these things. Thanks so much! oh and Egan is having a special today on his ebook/workout in honor of his birthday:) So show him some love:) XO Wendie

  6. Thank you for sharing this greatly interesting piece of writing – a lot of trivia I didn’t know, how could I have possibly missed that Egan played Wo Fat’s bodyguard?!? I’ll need a new pair of glasses, I guess.

  7. Great interview with a great man! Thanks, Wendie! And Happy Birthday, Egan!

    Although I don’t understand half of what Alex is saying (he definitely should get the tissue out of his mouth 😉 ) I can hear how grateful he is and that he admires Egan a lot for what he did and is doing. And even now, after two years, he seems to be a bit overwhelmed by being trained by a world class champion. Oh, and btw, isn’t he gorgeous? 😉

  8. Happy birthday Egan! Thanks Wendie for your always amazing Five-0 Redux interviews and reviews! Thans Ess for posting here the present! The 1.24 video of intense “workout” to our eyes. I loved it!!!

  9. Wendie what a really lovely article about a really lovely man. Both of you are True Champions at what you do, Happy Birthday Egan
    And ESS Thank YOU for posting this ,

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