Enson Inoue completed his MMA career in 2010 with a submission victory.
Along the way to that final match, Inoue battled against the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Kerr, Frank Shamrock and others, including a 1998 submission win over former UFC champion Rnady Couture.
Now, the 46-year-old is on another path, helping to raise awareness for those involved in the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster that hit northern Japan.
Caged Insider recently caught up with Inoue as he continues on his journey through Japan. He is at the midway point of a trek across his new homeland.
“I knew that I’m reaching martial arts fans,” Inoue said. “But when we walked up north, people were walking up to us and thanking us for what we’re doing. I never really saw it as walking up north and showing people that we care; it was really about letting people know that these people up north need help. We’re affecting way more people than I thought we would. It was very much a surprise.
“We’re getting people who don’t even who we are, but they’re grateful for what we are doing. It was a whole new level of inspiration for us.”
Inoue runs several gyms in Japan, Saipan and Guam. He also trained Kid Yamamoto and was previously married to his sister.