Noboru Asahi

Noboru Asahi (朝日 昇, Asahi Noboru, born January 5, 1968) is a Japanese retired mixed martial artist, a designer, and an owner of MMA gym.[1][2]

Noboru Asahi
朝日 昇
BornShin'ichi Asahi
(1968-01-05) January 5, 1968 (age 52)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Other namesKijin (奇人, The Strange Man)
NationalityJapanese
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb; 10.4 st)
DivisionFeatherweight
Lightweight
Fighting out ofKita, Tokyo, Japan
TeamPurebred Ōmiya (1990-2001)
Tokyo Yellowmans (2001-current)
TrainerSatoru Sayama
Years active13 (1990-2003)
Mixed martial arts record
Total30
Wins19
By submission14
By decision5
Losses6
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision2
Draws5
Other information
Websitehttp://www.tacox.jp/index.html
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 2, 2010

He was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan on January 5, 1968, as Shin'ichi Asahi (朝日 愼一, Asahi Shin'ichi).

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

A former amateur wrestler, Asahi was trained in Satoru Sayama's Super Tiger Gym, where he learned shoot wrestling, and later moved to Noriaki Kiguchi's dojo to polish his skills. He made his debut in Shooto in 1992 submitting Tomoyuki Saito. Showing his grappling excellence, Noboru captured the Shooto Featherweight Championship from Kazuhiro Sakamoto and enjoyed a thirteen-fights winning streak, with victories over Yuki Nakai and Masato Suzuki, as well as Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappler Leandro Lima de Azevedo.

His streak snapped, however, when he was sent to the 1996 Vale Tudo Japan and fought another Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Royler Gracie. Asahi was taken down and held in side control, ending up with Gracie taking his back; he eventually escaped, but the game repeated itself and he got caught in a rear naked choke, being submitted. At the next Shooto event, Asahi lost to Alexandre Franca Nogueira by technical submission due to Nogueira's famed guillotine choke. Noboru did better in the next VTJ, fighting to a draw with yet another BJJ expert in the form of João Roque, but he fell again to Nogueira in a much longer fight, losing his title.

In 2001, Asahi retired from Shooto and founded the Tokyo Yellowmans gym.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
30 matches 19 wins 6 losses
By knockout 0 1
By submission 14 3
By decision 5 2
Draws 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19-6-5 Tomomi Iwama TKO (punches) Deep - 10th Impact June 25, 2003 3 0:42 Japan
Loss 19-5-5 Naoya Uematsu Decision (2-0) Shooto - R.E.A.D. 10 September 15, 2000 3 5:00 Japan
Loss 19-4-5 Alexandre Franca Nogueira Technical submission (guillotine choke) Shooto - Renaxis 4 September 5, 1999 2 3:29 Japan Losses title of Shooto World Lightweight Championship.
Draw 19-4-4 Uchu Tatsumi Decision (1-1) Shooto - Renaxis 1 March 28, 1999 3 5:00 Japan Retains title of Shooto World Lightweight Championship.(2)
Draw 19-4-3 João Roque Draw Vale Tudo Japan 1998 October 25, 1998 3 8:00 Japan
Win 18-4-3 Trent Bekis Submission (keylock) Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 5 August 29, 1998 1 3:01 Japan
Loss 18-3-3 Alexandre Franca Nogueira Technical submission (guillotine choke) Shooto - Shoot the Shooto XX April 26, 1998 1 1:06 Japan
Win 18-2-2 Denis Hall Submission (armbar) Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 1 January 17, 1998 2 4:18 Japan
Loss 17-2-2 Royler Gracie Submission (rear-naked choke) Vale Tudo Japan 1996 July 7, 1996 1 5:07 Japan
Win 17-1-2 Leandro Lima De Azevedo Technical submission (heel hook) Shooto - Vale Tudo Junction 2 March 5, 1996 1 1:04 Japan
Win 16-1-2 Iwan Njangka Submission (punches) Shooto - Vale Tudo Junction 1 January 20, 1996 1 1:21 Japan
Win 15-1-2 Anthony Lange Submission (armbar) Shooto - Vale Tudo Perception September 26, 1995 1 3:41 Japan
Win 14-1-2 Leonid Zaslavsky Submission (heel hook) Shooto - Complete Vale Tudo Access July 29, 1995 3 0:48 Japan
Win 13-1-2 Kyuhei Ueno Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Vale Tudo Access 2 November 7, 1994 5 3:00 Japan
Win 12-1-2 Nozomu Matsumoto Submission (keylock) Shooto - Vale Tudo Access 1 September 26, 1994 1 0:13 Japan
Win 11-1-2 Shinji Abe Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto - Shooto May 6, 1994 1 0:41 Japan
Win 10-1-2 Yuki Nakai Decision (2-0) Shooto - Shooto November 25, 1993 5 3:00 Japan
Win 9-1-2 Masato Suzuki Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto June 24, 1993 5 1:39 Japan
Win 8-1-2 Takashi Ishizaki Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto November 27, 1992 5 0:43 Japan
Win 7-1-2 Hiroyuki Kanno Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto September 25, 1992 2 1:05 Japan
Draw 6-1-3 Kenichi Tanaka Decision (0-0) Shooto - Shooto July 23, 1992 5 3:00 Japan Asahi fought to a draw with Tanaka to remain the Shooto Featherweight Champion.
Win 6-1-2 Kazuhiro Sakamoto Decision (2-0) Shooto - Shooto March 27, 1992 5 3:00 Japan Asahi defeated Sakamoto to become the Shooto Featherweight Champion.
Draw 5-1-2 Kenichi Tanaka Decision (0-0) Shooto - Shooto December 23, 1991 5 3:00 Japan
Win 5-1-1 Masato Suzuki Submission (kneebar) Shooto - Shooto October 17, 1991 1 ? Japan
Draw 4-1-1 Tomohiro Tanaka Decision (1-0) Shooto - Shooto August 3, 1991 4 3:00 Japan
Loss 4-1 Kazuhiro Sakamoto Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Shooto March 29, 1991 5 3:00 Japan
Win 4-0 Takashi Ishizaki Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Shooto November 28, 1990 4 3:00 Japan
Win 3-0 Hiroyuk Sugano Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto September 8, 1990 1 0:38 Japan
Win 2-0 Kazumi Chigira Decision (unanimous) Shooto - Shooto July 7, 1990 3 3:00 Japan
Win 1-0 Tomoyuki Saito Submission (armbar) Shooto - Shooto March 17, 1990 1 2:54 Japan

Mixed martial arts exhibition recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 0-0-1 Manabu Yamada Technical Draw Pancrase - Proof 3 May 13, 2001 1 5:00 Tokyo, Japan

Submission grappling recordEdit

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss   Hidehiko Matsumoto Points ZST GT-F 2004

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kazuhiro Sakamoto
3rd Shooto World Lightweight Champion
March 27, 1992 – September 5, 1999
Succeeded by
Alexandre Franca Nogueira