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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
Alex Cabanes W 0 1 0 World RR 2016
Gabriel Rollo W 1 0 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
Bow and arrow
3
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
3
1
#22c9a5
Straight ankle lock
3
1
29
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
24 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    8 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (17%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (25%)
  • 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
8001Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLPts: 4x4, AdvBoa Super 870KG4F2015
8849Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 7x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8854Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8857Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8910Alex CabanesLPts: 6x6, PenEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9581Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9961Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGF2016
11421Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD75KGSF2017
12624Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGF2017
13093Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2017
13637Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionACBJJ 775KGF2017
14871Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KGSF2018
15266Davi RamosDavi RamosLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15799Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1275KGSPF2018
16042Thomas KeenanLPts: 2x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
16085Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2018
16099Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KGRPC2018
16449Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
19660Dante LeonDante LeonLRNCKasai 579KGSPF2019
21700Celso ViniciusCelso ViniciusLReferee DecisionADCC77KGR12019
21749Garry TononGarry TononLInside heel hookADCCABSR12019
22238Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLReferee DecisionF2W 13181KGSPF2019
22466Matheus GabrielMatheus GabrielLPts: 4x2Spyder Invitational76KG4F2019
23543Jonnatas GracieJonnatas GracieLReferee DecisionF2W 14479KGSPF2020
7613Igor MocaiberWBow and arrowSub Series ProABSSPF2015
8000Michael HooriganWDarce chokeBoa Super 870KGR12015
8861Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8899Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12016
8907Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
9012Ilke BulutIlke BulutWReferee DecisionPNBJJCABSSPF2016
9238Rafael MansurRafael MansurWEstima lockPan American76KG8F2016
9245Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9249Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWChoke from backPan American76KGSF2016
9251Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9569Adriano AraujoWChokeWorld Pro77KGR22016
9573Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9954Alex CabanesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9958Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
9960Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWDarce chokeWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
10337Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10420Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWDarce chokeGrand Slam LA77KGSF2016
10421Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWInjuryGrand Slam LA77KGF2016
10661Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
11246Bill CooperBill CooperWDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
11251Sean RobertsWReferee Decision5 Super League77KGSF2016
11252John CombsJohn CombsWEstima lock5 Super League77KGF2016
11418Adriano AraujoWDarce chokeGrand Slam AD75KG4F2017
11423Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWRNCGrand Slam AD75KG3RD2017
11742Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWReferee DecisionF2W 2482KGSPF2017
11918Daud AdaevWFlying triangleACBJJ 475KG4F2017
11922Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 475KGSF2017
11924Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWTriangleACBJJ 475KGF2017
12613Hamzeh RashidWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12017
12617Oliver LovellWRNCWorld Pro77KG4F2017
12618Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGSF2017
13088Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13634Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWDarce chokeACBJJ 775KG4F2017
13635Davi RamosDavi RamosWRNCACBJJ 775KGSF2017
14863Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12018
14868Ricardo RochaWDarce chokeEuropean Open76KG4F2018
16041Thomas KeenanWChoke from backWP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
16043Thomas KeenanWReferee DecisionWP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
16097Oliver LovellWPts: 6x2World Pro77KGRPC2018
16281Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWRNCACBJJ 1375KGSPF2018
16429Dainis NguyenWPts: 5x0World Champ.76KGR22018
16448Ricardo RochaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR32018
17722Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018
20722Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoWPointsThird Coast75KGSPF2019
21113DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWReferee DecisionF2W 12082KGSPF2019
21359Mansher KheraMansher KheraWReferee DecisionPolaris 1177KGSPF2019
21798Mathias LunaMathias LunaWRNCWorld FestivalABSSPF2019
22608Ben LenyWDarce chokeThird Coast III90KGSPF2019
23193Johnny TamaJohnny TamaWReferee DecisionF2W 13677KGSPF2020
23279N/AWFlying triangleMamba CupABSSF2020
23495Ben HendersonWTriangleF2W 14177KGSPF2020
23570Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWRNCF2W 14675KGSPF2020
23695Michael LieraMichael LieraWReferee DecisionF2W 15277KGSPF2020

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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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