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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:

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

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2015 brown, 2014* purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2015 brown)
  • IBJJF Pans Champion (2015 brown, 2014 purple, 2012 blue)
  • IBJJF Worlds 2nd Place (2014 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American 2nd Place (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”.

Submission Instructional by Edwin Najmi

Edwin Najmi Grappling Record

43 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (9%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (56%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Darce choke
29
7
#86e620
RNC
17
4
#5AD3D1
Estima lock
13
3
#d1212a
Choke from back
13
3
#fad11b
Choke
8
2
#f58822
Straight ankle lock
4
1
#224aba
Flying triangle
4
1
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Bow and arrow
4
1
#22c9a5
Toe hold
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
19 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    7 (37%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (26%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (16%)
  • BY DECISION
    3 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (5%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke from back
67
2
#86e620
RNC
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Edwin Najmi Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
7974Lachlan GilesLachlan GilesLPts: 4x4, AdvBoa Super 870KG4F2015
8812Dillon DanisDillon DanisLPts: 7x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8817Patrick GaudioPatrick GaudioLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGGP2016
8820Diego BorgesDiego BorgesLPts: 2x2, AdvCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8873Alex CabanesLPts: 6x6, PenEuropean Open76KGSF2016
9537Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2016
9917Lucas LepriLucas LepriLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KGF2016
11347Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLPts: 4x2Grand Slam AD75KGSF2017
12522Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 2x0World Pro77KGF2017
12982Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 2x0World Champ.76KG4F2017
13517Marcio AndreMarcio AndreLReferee DecisionACBJJ 775KGF2017
14678Masahiro IwasakiMasahiro IwasakiLPts: 2x0European Open76KGSF2018
15059Davi RamosDavi RamosLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1175KGSPF2018
15560Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoLReferee DecisionACBJJ 1275KGSPF2018
15786Thomas KeenanLPts: 2x0WP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
15825Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2018
15839Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KGRPC2018
16182Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenLChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG4F2018
19161Dante LeonDante LeonLRNCKasai 579KGSPF2019
7586Igor MocaiberWBow and arrowSub Series ProABSSPF2015
7973Michael HooriganWDarce chokeBoa Super 870KGR12015
8824Luan CarvalhoLuan CarvalhoWDQCopa Podio77KGGP2016
8862Diego VivaldoDiego VivaldoWPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12016
8870Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWToe holdEuropean Open76KG4F2016
8975Ilke BulutIlke BulutWReferee DecisionPNBJJCABSSPF2016
9199Rafael MansurRafael MansurWEstima lockPan American76KG8F2016
9206Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 4x4, AdvPan American76KG4F2016
9210Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWChoke from backPan American76KGSF2016
9212Francisco IturraldeFrancisco IturraldeWEstima lockPan American76KGF2016
9525Adriano AraujoWChokeWorld Pro77KGR22016
9529Caio AlmeidaCaio AlmeidaWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Pro77KG8F2016
9910Alex CabanesWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.76KGR22016
9914Michael LieraMichael LieraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.76KG4F2016
9916Gabriel RolloGabriel RolloWDarce chokeWorld Champ.76KGSF2016
10287Osvaldo MoizinhoOsvaldo MoizinhoWReferee DecisionBerkut 3ABSSPF2016
10370Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraWDarce chokeGrand Slam LA77KGSF2016
10371Victor SilverioVictor SilverioWInjuryGrand Slam LA77KGF2016
10611Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWStraight ankle lockGuatemala Open76KGSPF2016
11190Bill CooperBill CooperWDarce choke5 Super League77KG4F2016
11195Sean RobertsWReferee Decision5 Super League77KGSF2016
11196John CombsJohn CombsWEstima lock5 Super League77KGF2016
11344Adriano AraujoWDarce chokeGrand Slam AD75KG4F2017
11349Alexandre CavaliereAlexandre CavaliereWRNCGrand Slam AD75KG3RD2017
11660Nathan MendelsohnNathan MendelsohnWReferee DecisionF2W 2482KGSPF2017
11825Daud AdaevWFlying triangleACBJJ 475KG4F2017
11829Michael LanghiMichael LanghiWReferee DecisionACBJJ 475KGSF2017
11831Marcio AndreMarcio AndreWTriangleACBJJ 475KGF2017
12511Hamzeh RashidWChokeWorld Pro77KGR12017
12515Oliver LovellWRNCWorld Pro77KG4F2017
12516Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGSF2017
12977Kevin MahechaKevin MahechaWChoke from backWorld Champ.76KG8F2017
13514Thiago AbreuThiago AbreuWDarce chokeACBJJ 775KG4F2017
13515Davi RamosDavi RamosWRNCACBJJ 775KGSF2017
14670Espen MathiesenEspen MathiesenWPts: 2x2, AdvEuropean Open76KGR12018
14675Ricardo RochaWDarce chokeEuropean Open76KG4F2018
15785Thomas KeenanWChoke from backWP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
15787Thomas KeenanWReferee DecisionWP US Qualifier77KGRR2018
15837Oliver LovellWPts: 6x2World Pro77KGRPC2018
16016Rodrigo CaporalRodrigo CaporalWRNCACBJJ 1375KGSPF2018
16162Dainis NguyenWPts: 3x0World Champ.76KGR22018
16181Ricardo RochaWPts: 2x0World Champ.76KGR32018
17389Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWReferee DecisionWSOG 281KGR12018

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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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