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Everything I learned about prison I learned from MMA fighters

A month ago, Enson Inoue got collared by the Tokyo police for having nearly 17 grams worth of weed in his car. After the initial hubbub of the arrest, we never really heard anything else about it and I figured Inoue copped a plea and spent some time on parole or something. But nope … in Japan they take that shit seriously. Enson has spent the last 26 days in jail, and now he’s speaking out about how it has changed him:

“When you’re comparing the inside to the outside, inside there’s nothing to look forward to,” Inoue said. “But once you close out the outside and admit in your heart that it’s gone — and that you’re inside — there’s a lot of stuff to look forward to. Food all of a sudden started tasting good. When I compared it to the outside food, it didn’t taste good. But once I’m inside, and I’m comparing it to the inside, there’s nothing to compare with this. It actually got bearable.

“It made me appreciate a lot of things. When I was inside, I was looking outside and I was thinking. I appreciated the rain. We had a little exercise room, and when I went there the sun would beat down. A lot of times you walk out in the sun and you’re like, ‘Whoah.’ And I’m looking at the sun trying to get it on my face. When it’s raining I’m standing in the rain like, ‘Wow, rain.’

“So I realized that there are so many simple things in life that I overlooked. It’s a weird thing to say, but I think it was good for me. It changed my whole personality. It changed my whole view on things. And I’m much happier.”

The downside to all this: it pretty much kills any chance of us seeing Enson Inoue fighting in 2009. As if locking a man up for a month isn’t bad enough, the Japanese also attach a large cloud of shame to anyone caught with evil reefer.

  • Yosi

    I believe the praccite of MMA is a martial art, for martial means war, and the purpose of war is, in a nutshell, to utterly destroy your opponent. For some practitioners of MMA, it’s entirely possibly to kill someone, which falls under the definition of martial. However, I agree with you on the UFC thing. Many competitors in the UFC seem as dangerous to me as a wrestler or a football player, and any practitioner of Aikido would agree that those are NOT intimidating people.In short, I believe that hardcore mixed martial artists are true martial artists, but the UFC has turned into a talentless slugfest of 205 lb. men who train kickboxing and very little ground work.Also, ignore those kids who watch UFC. Most of them don’t know crap, because they’re entirely unaware of Eastern martial arts.After reading through some other answers, I wanted to make a suggestion:A true mixed martial artist is one who has true experience in a variety of martial arts, not just the basics of a some mainstream martial arts. So, in my opinion, I think the question we should be asking is this: Can the UFC really be classified as a competition of MMA? I think the answer is no. During the first UFCs, it was a competition between people who trained in entirely different arts. Royce Gracie was advanced in BJJ, while Dan Severn was advanced in wrestling, and this difference is what created such a stir in the first place. Now, with everybody as in intermediate in the all the same few martial arts, it’s become bland, and almost useless, as all the UFC fighters prefer barbaric kickboxing techniques over the unique styles of the earlier years, where the complexity lied.In the end, I think we should be called the UFC the sport, and MMA a martial art, because learning mixed martial arts for the purpose of martial arts isn’t a competition, so it can’t be a sport.For the record, I praccite Jiu Jitsu entirely for self defense. I’m glad to say that I’ve never had to use it.

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