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Edwin Najmi

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Edwin Najmi is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Rômulo Barral of the Gracie Barra academy (Northridge branch), a gym that produced many talented grapplers including Beneil Dariush, Pedro Araújo, Gabriel Larges to name a few. One of the most talented grappling lightweights of his generation, with a crowd-pleasing submission orientated jiu-jitsu style, Edwin Najmi climbed the belt ranks, stacking wins at the sport’s most revered tournaments, such as the World Championship, European Open, and Pan American Championship.

Edwin Najmi Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Edwin Najmi

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Jr > Draculino > R. Barral > Edwin Najmi

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place ACBJJ LW Grand Prix (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2016)
  • 1st Place FIVE Super League (2016)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2016)
  • 2nd Place ACBJJ 7 Grand Prix No-Gi (2017)
  • 2nd Place UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro (2017)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF European Open (2018)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship (2015 brown, 2014* purple)
  • 1st Place IBJJF European Open (2015 brown)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2012 blue)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2014 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pans Championship (2011 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/168lbs)

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Edwin Najmi Biography

Edwin Najmi was born on the 22nd of January, 1992 in Tarzana, California – United States of America. Edwin’s curiosity for combat sports came at a young age, being driven towards wrestling/judo by his cousin’s playful “beat downs” at the family house.

In looking for a place to learn some groundwork, Najmi found a judo dojo. The judo academy’s coach was of a Gokor Chivichyan (Gene Lebell) lineage and consequentially gave some emphasis to groundwork, especially on the Friday sessions, where the students would often remove the gi and train their submission game.

The Friday’s class became Edwin Najmi’s favorite session, and after one year of training judo/submission wrestling, Edwin opted to find a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym, where the focus was the ground. Not far from his house was Romulo Barral‘s academy, one of the most acclaimed athletes in the sport. Najmi signed up to Barral’s Gracie Barra affiliate gym in 2009.

Romulo Barral soon understood he had a fantastic talent in his hands, and applied his vast experience in helping the young prodigy. Trusting that the spider guard would be Najmi’s “weapon of choice” for the future, Barral often applied some unconventional methods to perfect Edwin’s game. In an interview to the “The Jiu-Jitsu” website, Edwin mentioned that:

… When I just got my blue belt, Romulo made me play spider guard defense for 2-3 months in every single sparring session. He wouldn’t let me submit or sweep, just defend and hold the grips. This improved my guard tremendously …

Climbing up through jiu-jitsu’s belt system at full pelt, Edwin proved his worth on the competition scene with repeated wins at the top tournaments in the US. His fast climb in the sport earned him an invitation for the Copa Pódio professional event (2015), when he was a brown belt, defeating a well known black belt in Alex Cabanes at the country’s challenge by submission (RNC).

After the win at CP, Edwing continued in great form, winning the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship for the 3rd time, earning his black belt on the podium, on the 30th of May 2015, from the hands of Romulo Barral.

Banner picture was taken by “Guardeiros BJJ”.

Submission Instructional by Edwin Najmi

Edwin Najmi MATCH STATS

Overall Positions

CONQUERED MOVES AVERAGE 0.45

OVERALL CONQUERED

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Stand-up-game

OPPONENT W/L TOP BOTTOM STAND UP EVENT ROUND YEAR
Gabriel Rollo W 1 0 0 World RR 2016
Alex Cabanes W 0 1 0 World RR 2016
Kevin Mahecha W 2 0 0 World 4F 2017
Dainis Nguyen W 1 0 0 World RR 2018

Edwin Najmi Grappling Record

53 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (9%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    29 (55%)
  • BY DECISION
    11 (21%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

29 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Darce choke
28
8
#86e620
RNC
21
6
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
10
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
3
#fad11b
Choke
7
2
#f58822
Flying triangle
7
2
#224aba
Triangle
7
2
#ff9124
Toe hold
3
1
#bf1f6c
Straight ankle lock
3
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
25 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (32%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (28%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (4%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
50
2
#86e620
RNC
25
1
#5AD3D1
Inside heel hook
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Edwin Najmi Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
8003Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLPts: 4x4, AdvBoa Super 870KG4F2015
8851Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 7x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8856Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8859Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8912Alex CabanesLPts: 6x6, PenEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9583Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9963Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGF2016
11423Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD75KGSF2017
12626Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGF2017
13095Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2017
13639Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionACBJJ 775KGF2017
14875Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KGSF2018
15270Davi RamosDavi RamosLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15803Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1275KGSPF2018
16046Thomas KeenanLPts: 2x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
16089Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2018
16103Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KGRPC2018
16453Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
19668Dante LeonDante LeonLRNCKasai 579KGSPF2019
21709Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12019
21758Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookADCCABSR12019
22247Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionF2W 13181KGSPF2019
22475Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x2Spyder Invitational76KG4F2019
23566Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionF2W 14479KGSPF2020
24742Kody SteeleKody SteeleLReferee DecisionThird Coast82KGSPF2020
7615Igor MocaiberWBow and arrowSub Series ProABSSPF2015
8002Michael HooriganWDarce chokeBoa Super 870KGR12015
8863Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8901Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12016
8909Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9014Ilke BulutIlke BulutWReferee DecisionPNBJJCABSSPF2016
9240Rafael MansurRafael MansurWEstima lockPan American76KG8F2016
9247Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9251Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWChoke from backPan American76KGSF2016
9253Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9571Adriano AraujoWChokeWorld Pro77KGR22016
9575Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9956Alex CabanesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9960Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
9962Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWDarce chokeWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
10339Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10422Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWDarce chokeGrand Slam LA77KGSF2016
10423Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWInjuryGrand Slam LA77KGF2016
10663Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
11248Bill CooperBill CooperWDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
11253Sean RobertsWReferee Decision5 Super League77KGSF2016
11254John CombsJohn CombsWEstima lock5 Super League77KGF2016
11420Adriano AraujoWDarce chokeGrand Slam AD75KG4F2017
11425Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWRNCGrand Slam AD75KG3RD2017
11744Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWReferee DecisionF2W 2482KGSPF2017
11920Daud AdaevWFlying triangleACBJJ 475KG4F2017
11924Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 475KGSF2017
11926Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWTriangleACBJJ 475KGF2017
12615Hamzeh RashidWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12017
12619Oliver LovellWRNCWorld Pro77KG4F2017
12620Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGSF2017
13090Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13636Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWDarce chokeACBJJ 775KG4F2017
13637Davi RamosDavi RamosWRNCACBJJ 775KGSF2017
14867Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12018
14872Ricardo RochaWDarce chokeEuropean Open76KG4F2018
16045Thomas KeenanWChoke from backWP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
16047Thomas KeenanWReferee DecisionWP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
16101Oliver LovellWPts: 6x2World Pro77KGRPC2018
16285Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWRNCACBJJ 1375KGSPF2018
16433Dainis NguyenWPts: 5x0World Champ.76KGR22018
16452Ricardo RochaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR32018
17726Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
20730Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPointsThird Coast75KGSPF2019
21121DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionF2W 12082KGSPF2019
21367Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionPolaris 1177KGSPF2019
21807Mathias LunaMathias LunaWRNCWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
22618Ben LenyWDarce chokeThird Coast III90KGSPF2019
23210Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23296N/AWFlying triangleMamba CupABSSF2020
23512Ben HendersonWTriangleF2W 14177KGSPF2020
23594Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWRNCF2W 14675KGSPF2020
23723Michael LieraMichael LieraWReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020

Edwin Najmi vs Nicholas Meregali

Edwin Najmi vs Mansher Khera

Edwin Najmi vs Guttenberg Pereira

Edwin Najmi Hightlight – World Championship 2015

High Percentage Chokes  Instructional by Lachlan Giles

One Comment

  • George says:

    I have trained with Edwin many years ,He is a Super Star on and off the mats . Edwin's also world class teacher,he has the ability to break down and make the most dynamic techniques seem easy to understand !

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