I had a successful return to the ring last April and am currently in the process of writing a book
Teaser 3: Ikebukuro Prison Diary, Day 1
October 19, 2008 Sunday
Last night was my first night in prison and this may have been a wake up call that I needed. Yesterday before going to Roponggi to party, I had time to kill so I drove my car to the East side of Ikebukuro station to park my car. I wanted to eat a couple of sushi's then possibly go for a massage. But before I go to eat I wanted to catch up on some emails so I jumped in the back of my van and turned on my computer. Then before I knew it there where 2 policemen on the side of my car asking me if they could search my car. I knew there was a roach from the joint I smoked the night before going to bed and more of a friends weed he left in my car and was going to get it from me at night in Roponggi. I hoped that they wouldn't find the stuff, but as you already know... they did. The police saw me try to hide the roach in my pocket and asked me what did I put in my pocket. The feeling that overwhelmed me at this moment was, "Shit! I'm fucked!" As I stood behind the car wondering what was going to happen to me, out came my friends 12 joints and 5 grams. I thought of running but my better judgement told me that running would only make things bigger so I peacefully cooperated with the police. Before I knew it there was 3 squad cars, about 10 policemen, and 3 plain clothes detectives. It was like the movies. They then told me that they were going to test the marijuana right in front of me to see if it really is real. I told them that it wouldn't be necessary because it is real. But I guess of procedures they still went through with the tests and it came out positive. A big crowd began to gather around as I was put in handcuffs. I just wanted to disappear a was hoping this was just all a DREAM. I was then taken to the Ikebukuro police station where I was questioned for about 7 hours. They took my DNA then took some urine samples to check for hard drugs and of course that came out clean. They asked me many questions and they were determined to get not only me but everyone around me too! Who's Marijuana was it? Who did you get it from? Who do you smoke with? Who else do you know that smokes? I told them I got it from a foreign friend "Tony Montana" and that the all Marijuana was for my own private use. I knew if I got it from a foreign friend that doesn't live in Japan, the Japanese police would not follow up on it so that's what I decided to do. I had a total of 18 grams so they didn't believe me that it was for personal use only. There is no way in hell that I would even consider giving out names of my friends so I insisted that all the marijuana was only mine. They threatened me that I wouldn't be going home for a long long time but squealing on my friends would never happen. They could have even put a gun to my head and threaten to shoot me but I still wouldn't have talked. Loyalty and unity is the core of a strong family and I wasn't about to break that for anything! It really didn't look good for me when the investigator just shook his head, got up, and walked away. I knew I was in a lot of trouble but my biggest concern was my Family and how worried they would be. After I was finished with 7 hours of questioning, I was booked, fingerprinted, stripped searched, weighed, and lead to my cell. I was surprised at how much weight I gained when the scale registered at 104 kilograms.
I just couldn't believe this was actually happening to me. Even now a I write this in my prison cell, I can't believe this was actually happening. When I reached my cell it was a small rectangular room with a toilet in the back. No chairs, no hard corners, nothing. In the room there were 3 guys sitting on the ground pretending like they didn't notice me come in. Then when the door slammed shut the eldest guy in the cell greeted me and began to introduce himself. His name was Atsushi Shimizu (#26). He is 49 years old and in prison for his first time going on his 35th day. He is being tried for transporting counterfeit Yen he brought from Thailand, a total of $100,000 worth. He faces a possible 8-10 years if found guilty. He was a very laid back, soft spoken, and very helpful filling me in on all the daily procedures. He then introduced me to Takeda (#27) who got drunk, punched a friend who is now pressing charges. This is also his first time in prison and he will be in only for another 2 weeks. The last person in the room was a 22 year old college student they called Sano Kun who is being charged with grouping a girl on the train. He claims he was falsely accused and seemed like he was stressing out really bad. This is his first offense and he may be getting out today, which is his 3rd day. Everyone was very kind which made me a bit more comfortable.
Last night surprisingly I slept okay. Tossed and turned a bit but I think I got a good 4 hours. We were awaken at 6:30 am put away our futon and blankets and to brush our teeth. Then at 8 am they brought us breakfast. They pushed it through the little hole in our cell and breakfast was a small portion or rice, some yucky vegetables, and a bowl of miso soup. The vegetables looked yucky so I offered it to my cell mates and they gladly ate it all up. Then I dumped some of the rice into my miso soup and it was delicious. It wasn't enough food but in prison, you have to eat what they give, absolutely no seconds. Then at 9 am we had 15 minutes of exercise time where everyone just shaves or cuts their nails. At noon it was lunch time and we had 3 slices of bread, some jam, and milk. I wasn't hungry so I gave my portion to Takeda and he happily gulped it all down. After lunch, Sano Kun was called out of the cell, put in handcuffs, and led away. I was told that if he is lucky, he'll get released and we won't see him again.
Now this brings me to the present time. At the moment I am laying on my stomach writing my dairy wondering how long I'll be in here. I think I'll be ready for whatever comes my way, but I'm not looking forward to the long dragged out days killing time in this cell. So much time to think and so much time to reflect. I already wrote 6 letters and 4 pages for my book. I figured that what's done is done so I decided to take this time to lose weight, write my book, and rewrite my daily schedule to be more productive in my day to day life when I get out. My parents in Hawaii don't know what's happening yet and I pray to God that when the finally find out about this, it is when they read this book. After all they always do for me, this is the last thing I wanted to do to them. They raised me the best parents could raise a child providing much love, support, and guidance. This fuck up is just me and had nothing to do with how I was brought up. I now have to learn from this experience and come out a smarter and stronger person. My lack of discipline and Yamatodamashii but I hope the strength of my heart and Yamatodamashii will help me get through with my head up high and my spirits strong.
--ENSON ON JMMA TODAY--
lastcall - Enson, How do you think Kid will do in the UFC? Enson, further on Kid in the UFC, what would your main advice for him be?
He needs to use his wrestling to get on top and use his ground and pound! His G n P is ferocious. However most important for Kid is to have confidence that he can kick anyone in this weight class's ass, in the world.
taruk mak tao - Enson, Can you discuss why you think japanese and asian fighters in general struggle (for the most part) when fighting in the US?
nobones - Hey Enson cool to see you on the UG again. What do you think of JMMA scene? Do you think it can revive and do you think the UFC is the promotion to do it considering the FEG president has basically declared FEG dead unless emergency VC arrives soon? Are there any Japanese promotions that could pick up the mantle left by Pride and soon Dream to carry on the JMMA torch and getting it burning again?
nobones - What do you think of JMMA scene? Do you think it can revive and do you think the UFC is the promotion to do it considering the FEG president has basically declared FEG dead unless emergency VC arrives soon? Are there any Japanese promotions that could pick up the mantle left by Pride and soon Dream to carry on the JMMA torch and getting it burning again?
Also, do you think Shinya Aoki was overrated? Maybe he was top ten once in his career, but many pundits had him ranked #2 for several years. Seems ridiculous considering he never fought and beat a top five guy when they were top five.
Yes Tanigawa is a very dishonest who is on his way down hard.
Wasa-B - Actually, Enson on the JMMA management scene, corruption, yakuza, etc.....im not sure if most people here understand that much of the entertainment industry in Asia is intertwined with organized crime and that breaking out of it may be great but not exactly done at the flick of a switch.
Countries cannot change long historical patterns over night and Japan is an older country than the US.
So, that said, what, in a nutshell, do you think it will take to revive the JMMA scene again? Can a single figure or core management team that is not as crooked as Tanigawa for example lead the way on their own?
How difficult would it be for a major MMA org to run itself on the scale of a Pride or K1 without Yakuza ties?
Yes someone respected by the fighters, fans, and Yakuza will be able to revive JMMA.... and No. It would be impossible to run a big MMA promotion without getting involved with the Yakuza
thefightnerd - hey enson, just saw this thread on the front page and wanted to also say thanks for the great fights, I remember seeing some of your earlier battles when I used to tape-trade and its impossible not to be a fan of a guy like you. wanted to ask you a little more about JMMA, specifically if you could go in more detail on what the yakuza controls when it comes to the fight scene and how much control they ultimately have? thanks
More than control, you have to pay them to work in their territory. So instead of going in with no backing and get eaten up by the sharks... it's smartest to collaborate with a Yakuza group, give them a percentage and they keep all the other sharks away.
hiptosser - Can you explain to us the position Yazuza hold in Japanese culture/society, I think there is a disconnect with fans in the states when we hear that Yazuza is involved with MMA or entertainment.
They are silently present in every fight promotion.
They are also very present in everyday Japan. For example I hit the town last night randomly saw at least 20 Yakuzas and went drinking with 3 of them.
DreamerMMA - Damn, some of you are trying to get Enson killed with all the Yakuza questions.
mijo - Sensei Enson. I dont want to bring up any bad memories, so hopefully I dont offend you. I always thought you were one the first real MMA guys, but I also thought your submissions were your strong point. Just how shock were you when Nog was putting you in those submission holds?
And what did you say after you fought and lost to Frank Shamrock. I remember you crying.
I said, "Franks 100% was better than my 100% tonight. There were days that I took of because I was sore. Losing doesn't necessarily need to be something bad. I can learn from this loss and make it something good. My heart has gotten stronger from this battle."
McCorkleRuinedMySN - Enson!! I you could fight anyone who would it be? we'll say one in mma, one not. also, Fedor, GSP, or Anderson? best p4p?
Lee Conway - Enson, amazing to actually speak to you, just a quick question if you have the time. What would you say was the best win of your career? The one that you're most proud of. Thanks in advance.
Win for the books, Randy Couture.
Win for my spirit, Igor Vovchanchin.
Im A Ninja - Thanks for taking the time to respond to the fans. You have always come across as an extremely respectful, and knowledgeable fighter. Many fighters should emulate the attitude that you carry. I think the sport would get a much better image, other than the barbaric, knuckle dragging buffoons that the media so likes to describe fighters.
What were some camps/fighters that you have prepared you for some of your fights? Can you remember the best training camp you had for preparing for a fight?
The best training camp I ever had was my comeback fight in April 2010. The combination of my brother Egan overall training(http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652956946), Fisticuffs Leonard Gabriel's boxing (http://www.fisticuffsgym.com/), and my O2 capsule, was the best training camp I ever had!!!
Benwahwah - Hey Enson, I'm wondering who do you wish you had been able to compete against. Also would you ever fight your brother in the cage or any of your students / teammates?
I always wanted to fight Vanderlei. I would NEVER fight my brother.
Hel13torm - hey Enson, was just listening to a podcast with Heath Herring and he told an entertaining story about your fight with him in PRIDE. He said he got you in a keylock and was trying to convince you to tapout otherwise your arm would break. He said you basically replied "Do what ya gotta do, man. Just break it". Any other entertaining stories from or about that fight?
Yeah he asked me to give up or he is going to break my arm and I replied, "If you can break it then go ahead and break it." It was cracking and popping so I was wondering if he could actually break it. Then the referee came running over and asked me if I wanted to give up so I answered him by hitting Heath on the back of the head with my free hand. That was a funny situation.
jbbarne - Much respect for your fights, and thank you very much!
One quick question... do you feel MMA today is too boring, With the wrestling heavy, wall & stall tactics being used recently?
The lack of Kill or be killed mentality is what's missing from MMA today. But it is doing well much much bigger and popular than when I was an active fighter.
--ENSON ON THE SF GRAND PRIX--
muay_jitsu - Any thoughts on the Strikeforce HW grand Prix? I see you think highly of Cain, how do you think he would do if he was involved? It is a honor to even have the privilege to be able to ask a legend any question. Thanks for the memories and hopefully you will have the opportunities somehow to give us more.
Cain would do great where ever he goes. Striking, wrestling, ground, stamina, killer instinct, heart of a lion, what else can you ask for?
Jack Skellington - Enson, who are you picking as the winner of the Strikeforce GP?
BigFoot Silva vs. Fedor
Alistar Overeem vs. Fabrico Werdum
Andre Arlovski vs. Sergie Kharatonov
Josh Barnett vs. Brett 'Grimm' Rogers
I tell them to train as hard as they can because feeling that you are ready for the fight will subside the jitters. I also let them know that the jitters are normal and that they need to help it become aggression to smash their opponent.
WRESTLENOW - thx for the answers, i have been training bjj for over a year now however i don't think the gi is realistic for an MMA fight and i try to get as much nogi as possible. what are your thought about gi vs nogi? did you come up in the gi?
Yes no gi sparring is a must but I would never stop training with the gi. The gi refines your technique. I would train 70% no gi and 30% gi and before a fight I would do 90% no gi and 10% gi. Always keep the gi training in your regimen.
DPhoenix - wow, the legendary Enson Inoue! I bow to you, sir!
Is it possible if you could please share some advice to a future MMA fighter (me)? I wish to learn anything I can from the best and I dream of going professional and fighting the best!
Thank you so much and best of luck in your book, which I will definitely look out for when it comes out!
Came back alive. 1400 kilos by foot and sleeping out every night.
Teufel_Hunden - Enson, Thank you for #1 setting the example for living out Bushido! I have always loved watching you fight, win or lose and appreciate your character out of the ring. #2 For coming on here and taking your time to answer so many questions, sharing your stories and being super jack frost cool about it. I am looking very forward to reading your book and also would love to have it autographed. Maybe when it's printed, you could pop back by and let us order directly from your website or something? Just a thought.
Whether it be fighting, mental, spiritual or whatever, what is your biggest lesson in life? And if it is in the book... I can accept that answer completely! Thanks again my brother!
I would love to do a seminar there. Maybe someone can set something up for 2012 after my probation is over and I can travel again.
mma ray - Enson, if you dont mind me asking. Why exactly are you on probation? I'm sure some of my fellow ug'ers know why, and will probably beat you to the punch though. Once again, thanks for the great memories, and good luck in the future
Jack Skellington - I want to play word a association game with you please. Give me the first word that comes into your head when you hear these names:
BJ Penn -
Yuji Shimada -
Anderson Silva -
Kazushi Sakuraba -
Brock Lesnar -
Dana White -
Kid Yamamoto -
Fedor Emelianenko -
Gnarly219 - No questions, just respect. You sir are the man.
Ok, just one. What is your philosophy on getting tattooed? Does everything on you mean something to you, or on a couple did you just see the design, liked it, and said "I'll take that"? I'm a drummer who wants to half-sleeve my arm, but I just don't know what to fill it with.
Yes Taro Wakabayashi and the Shooto Association was embezling money. Asahi had over 28 signatures from Shooto gym owners all over Japan which forced Wakabayashi?Sakamoto?and Nakai to resign from Shooto. Some of the gym owners that backed Asahi was RuminaSato?Gutsman Sakurada? Kusayanagi? Hioki?etc.
Damn I wish I was there.
TheAlchemist - It looked like Nakai was agreeing to what Asahi was saying. I wish that vid was subtitled!
Yeah! What would make then think that? I'm a saint....... sometimes.
Paka Ono - Wow! Much respect Enson!
And that's crazy about Shooto. Hopefully this translates into something positive. I think there's going to be a huge vacuum in JMMA is FEG does fail. And maybe a good opportunity for someone to fill in?
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