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One of the most exciting grapplers to have ever stepped on a mat, Antonio Schembri also known as ‘Nino’ Schembri is a jiu jitsu black belt under Carlos Gracie Junior, who blasted into the BJJ scene in the mid 1990′s competing for the Gracie Barra academy. Nino Schembri quickly made a name for himself as the king of the omoplata, a game he developed making better use of his highly flexible and offensive guard game, being also one of the first grapplers recorded using the ‘lasso guard’ and the ‘rubber guard’. He is considered by many (BJJ Heroes included) as one of the best guard players to have ever competed in the sport.

Nino Schembri Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: António Schembri

Nickname: Nino is short for Antonio in Portuguese (Schembri’s first name), as for Elvis, it comes from Schembri’s love for Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll, and the fact that he used to mimic some of the King’s dance moves in celebrating his victories.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Sr. > Carlos Gracie Junior > Nino Schembri.

Main Achievements:

  • World champion (1997 and 1998)*
  • Brazilian National Champion (1996 absolute)

* Closed final with team mate

Favorite Technique: Open Guard, Omoplata.

Weight Division: Peso Medio 82kg-181lbs.

Association/Team: Nino Schembri BJJ Formerly with Gracie-Barra

Nino Schembri Biography

Nino Schembri,was born on the 1st of June 1974 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nino’s image is the complete opposite of the traditional Jiu Jitsu playboy troublemaker of the 1990s. An image that terrorized jiu jitsu sponsors for years due to the wrong doing of many Rio de Janeiro gangs who used the gentle art to cause trouble on the streets. Antonio Schembri was one of the many good names in the sport who fought against this bad image of the jiujiteiro (jiu jitsu practitioner).

Coming from a traditional Italian family (his father was born in the European country), Nino Schembri worked on the street market helping his father with the duvet selling business, and always found it hard to get through life in the sport of Jiu Jitsu without the resources of some of the more upper class competitors who worked on their game full time.

Known for his creativity and amazing flexibility, Nino was a true revolutionary of the sport, famous for the use of the guard as an offensive tool, being the ‘Omoplata’ (shoulder blade lock) and the ‘Gogoplata’ (choke) or even an early approach to the now called rubber guard some of his more famous moves.

Antonio Schembri took his first stab at a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career in 2001, a fight he won against the veteran Luta Livre fighter Johil de Oliveira in the biggest fighting organization in the world at the time, Pride FC. It was at around this same time that ‘Elvis’ Schembri stepped away from his Gracie Barra family to join the famous Chute-Boxe MMA Academy. He trained with the Thai Boxing specialists for many years being their Grappling coach while learning striking from Rafael Cordeiro. In his time at Chute Boxe Academy he awarded Mauricio “Shogun” Rua his black belt, after Rua’s win at the Pride FC middleweight Gran Prix Final.

In 2004 Schembri’s father took his own life in Brazil, leaving Antonio devastated. For the following 6 years Nino dwelled with this terrible ordeal, though still competing in MMA to pay his bills. During this period Schembri’s focus was totally off and he could not train consistently in preparation for the fights, this caused him to lose some fights he could/should have won, settling an unflattering record of 5-5-0 by the end of 2008.

In 2010 Schembri returned to the Jiu Jitsu mats winning the Fabio Santos open stating in an interview to the Fightworks Podcast that he was finally recovered mentally from his fathers tragic ending.

Nino Schembri Fight Stats

1 by sub
4 by Points (40%)
0 by Advantages (0%)
0 by Penalties (0%)
6 by Submission (60%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Armbar (17%)
2 by Choke (33%)
1 by Kneebar (17%)
1 by Omoplata (17%)
1 by Triangle (17%)
2 by Points (40%)
1 by Advantages (20%)
1 by Penalties (20%)
1 by Submission (20%)
0 by Decision (0%)
0 by Disqualified (0%)
1 by Kimura (100%)

Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
88Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLAdvWorld Champ.U82kgFinal1997
238Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoLKimuraWorld Champ.Absolute1/4 final2000
249Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgFinal2000
373Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPenADCCU88kgSemi f.2001
3234Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinLPts: 8x0World ExpoAbsoluteSuperfight2014
43Jorge PatinoJorge PatinoWTriangleBrasileiroU82kgFinal1995
86Alexandre PaivaAlexandre PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.U82kgSemi f.1997
155Mario PierroWChokeEstadual RJU82kgFinal1998
316Marcus SilvaWPointsBudo Chall.U82kgRd 12000
317Jorge PatinoJorge PatinoWKneebarBudo Chall.U82kgRd 22000
321Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 5x0Rio x Sao PauloAbsoluteSuperfight2000
326A. CacarecoWPointsADCCU87kgFinal2001
364Akihiro GonoWChokeADCCU88kgRd 12001
369Alexander SashaWOmoplataADCCU88kg1/4 final2001
572Rodrigo TeixeiraWArmbarFFA (IGJJF)U82kgSuperfight2003

Nino Schembri vs Fernando Pontes “Margarida”

Nino Schembro vs Steve Rosenberg

Antonio Schembri highlight

Banner picture taken by Callum Medcraft of Jiu Jitsu Style Magazine.

This post is also available in: Portuguese (Brazil)

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