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Edwin Najmi is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Romulo Barral of the Gracie Barra academy (Northridge branch), a gym that has produced many talented grapplers, including Beneil Dariush, Pedro Araújo, Gabriel Larges, to name a few. One of the most talented grapplers 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:

  • IBJJF World Champion (2015 brown, 2014* purple)
  • ACBJJ LW Grand Prix Champion (2017)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2015 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2016 black, 2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2012 blue)
  • FIVE Super League LW Champion (2016)
  • IBJJF World Championship Runner-up (2016 black, 2014 brown)
  • ACBJJ 7 LW Grand Prix No-Gi Runner-up (2017)
  • UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Championship Runner-up (2017)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2011 blue)

* Absolute
** Weight and absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle

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

Team/Association: Gracie Barra

Merchandise: Edwin Najmi Instructional

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 ground work, Najmi found a judo dojo. The judo academy’s coach was of a Gokor Chivichyan (Gene Lebell) lineage, and consequentially gave some emphasis to ground work, 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 favourite 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 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 to jiu jitsu stardom 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 taken by “Guardeiros BJJ”.

Edwin Najmi Grappling Record

34 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    1 (3%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    22 (65%)
  • BY DECISION
    5 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (3%)

22 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Darce choke
27
6
#86e620
Estima lock
14
3
#5AD3D1
RNC
14
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
9
2
#fad11b
Choke
9
2
#f58822
Injury
5
1
#224aba
Straight ankle lock
5
1
#ff9124
Flying triangle
5
1
#bf1f6c
Triangle
5
1
#22c9a5
Bow and arrow
5
1
#fad223
Toe hold
5
1
22
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    5 (45%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    1 (9%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (9%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

1 SUBMISSION LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
100
1
1
(100%) SUBMISSION

Edwin Najmi Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7853Lachlan GilesLPts: 4x4, AdvBoa Super 870KG4F2015
8664Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 7x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8669Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8672Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8725Alex CabanesLPts: 6x6, PenEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9371Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9750Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGF2016
11098Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD75KGSF2017
12222Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGF2017
12663Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2017
13143Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionACBJJ 775KGF2017
7473Igor MocaiberWBow and arrowSub Series ProABSSPF2015
7852Michael HooriganWDarce chokeBoa Super 870KGR12015
8676Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8714Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12016
8722Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8827Ilke BulutIlke BulutWReferee DecisionPNBJJCABSSPF2016
9038Rafael MansurRafael MansurWEstima lockPan American76KG8F2016
9045Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9049Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWChoke from backPan American76KGSF2016
9051Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9359Adriano AraujoWChokeWorld Pro77KGR22016
9363Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9743Alex CabanesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9747Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
9749Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWDarce chokeWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
10105Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10185Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWDarce chokeGrand Slam LA77KGSF2016
10186Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWInjuryGrand Slam LA77KGF2016
10403Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
10976Bill CooperBill CooperWDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
10981Sean RobertsWReferee Decision5 Super League77KGSF2016
10982John CombsJohn CombsWEstima lock5 Super League77KGF2016
11095Adriano AraujoWDarce chokeGrand Slam AD75KG4F2017
11100Alexandre CavaliereWRNCGrand Slam AD75KG3RD2017
11394Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWReferee DecisionF2W 2482KGSPF2017
11544Daud AdaevWFlying triangleACBJJ 475KG4F2017
11548Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 475KGSF2017
11550Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWTriangleACBJJ 475KGF2017
12213Hamzeh RashidWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12017
12217Oliver LovellWRNCWorld Pro77KG4F2017
12218Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGSF2017
12658Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13140Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWDarce chokeACBJJ 775KG4F2017
13141Davi RamosDavi RamosWRNCACBJJ 775KGSF2017

Edwin Najmi vs Nicholas Meregali

Edwin Najmi vs Mansher Khera

Edwin Najmi vs Guttenberg Pereira

Edwin Najmi Hightlight – World Championship 2015

 

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