Posted 2/22/07 12:49:00PM
On December 16, 2006, Sonny "Boy" Nohara received his brown-belt from the "American Ronin" Marc Laimon; making him just the fifth person ever to receive this rank at Las Vegas' famed Cobra Kai Academy. What's even more impressive is that Sonny achieved this feat after training jiu-jitsu for only four and a half years. A native of Hilo, Hawaii, Sonny has won many gi and no-gi tournaments all over the west coast, which have included many advanced, purple-belt, and super fight matches. Fortunately, I was able to catch up with Cobra Kai's newest brown-belt just before he competes in the GQ U.S. Nationals Pro Flyweight 8-man tournament this Saturday in Las Vegas.