Nice article on @EganInoue’s training center and #AlexOLoughlin’s connection to it from Midweek

I thought this was pretty interesting and since we’ve posted most of Egan’s other items, I thought this would be appropriate as well.

2013 November MidWeek Alex and Egan

When Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin moved to Hawaii, he met MMA champion Egan Inoue and quickly discovered a passion for jiujitsu. “BJJ (Brazil jiujitsu) 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 jiujitsu 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 jiujitsu, 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 jiujitsu. “The thing I love most about jiujitsu 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 is 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 jiujitsu seminar taught by Inoue at noon.

Also Nov. 17, Inoue and O’Loughlin team 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. For more information, call 271-3779 or register online at

Pic by Chrissy Lambert

Author: Yu Shing Ting


Thanks to blog friend, Miracle for the heads up! ❤

11 thoughts on “Nice article on @EganInoue’s training center and #AlexOLoughlin’s connection to it from Midweek

  1. Yeah that’s truly interesting and really good, easily written article, which I like (: Since it’s giving us another glimpse of this, what Alex loves to do, what’s his passion and his way of living atm – that’s always good and precious ^____^

  2. Great article, loved reading it 🙂
    I guess if more of us Alex fans lived in Hawaii…the seminar would have sold out in seconds!

  3. Alex really seems to be into jiujitsu and looking at his current happy person, it must be doing him good. Not just physically but mentally as well 🙂
    Ps I never noticed his tee has a scull there. Hah.

      • And I noticed until you asked us what did we see….thanks! Miracle, it’ s an interesting article. I love to know that Alex, Egan and also Scott are close friends in RL….I didn’t know all the curriculum vitae of Egan and I bet you wouldn’t want him as a enemy, lol!

  4. Anything that makes Alex look and feel as good as he does atm must be good. Nice article. He puts a lot into his friendships.

  5. Alex is simply amazing in his looks and in his goodness to those he loves. His family. his friends and his fans —Ladies that means us.!!!!! I will love and support him whatever he does. i’m going to buy the Tee shirts he designed for Egan like my friend Manu did

  6. Great article and nice pic that gorgeous smile. Does he will not mind doing a bench for me? Or anything else, as long as, he has to go to my house.

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