Few people are as respected in the sport of mixed martial arts as Japanese MMA fighter Enson Inoue. Inoue had his first MMA fight in 1995 and his MMA career took him all over the world for 15 years, but even though he isn’t in the ring anymore doesn’t mean he isn’t fighting. When an earthquake rattled his adpoted home country of Japan, Inoue knew right away he wouldn’t be sitting on the sidelines waiting for people to figure out how bad it was. While most people were heading as far as they could away from the disaster at the Fukushima Meltdowns, Inoue headed north to help wherever he could. While Japan is still recovering from the disaster, Inoue has taken it upon himself to make sure that people are aware that the country still needs help. He is doing that by making a three month 1500 mile trek across Japan on foot and reporting all he saw on blogs and video.
Caged Insider caught up with Inoue on his journey to talk about the experience, and they have posted part one. Here is a small excerpt of the must read piece:
Inoue and the friends accompanying him are accepting food or shelter from those who offer, but have often found themselves sleeping outdoors. They’ve braved hundreds of miles on foot, and found shelter during typhoons and heavy rain. Several weeks ago, Inoue met an elderly homeless man named Tomio along his walk.
Inoue agreed to a fan’s offering that day — but only if the fan included Tomio.
“I told the guy, we’ll go but we want our friend here to come along,” Inoue recalled. “The guy agreed to take him, too. We fed him, got him a bath, on the way we stopped at Yuniko, which is a clothing store, and got him a new shirt, pants, jacket for the winter. I could tell he still had a sense of pride. He was a year into homelessness. His house burned down and he didn’t have insurance. Nowhere to go.”
“That parting we had was kind of hard,” Inoue admitted. “We knew he didn’t have a home and we were wondering how he was going to make it. I’m planning to make a run again in March, passing all these places, visit the people who are helping us.”
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