Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Team History, Fighter Stats, Biographies and News

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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 Grappling Record

17 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    6 (35%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (59%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
40
4
#86e620
Triangle
10
1
#5AD3D1
Choke
10
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
10
1
#fad11b
kneebar
10
1
#f58822
Mata leao
10
1
#224aba
Omoplata
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (29%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (14%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (14%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kimura
33
1
#86e620
Injury
33
1
#5AD3D1
Clock choke
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Nino Schembri Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
111Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLAdvWorld Champ.82KGF1997
292Rodrigo CompridoRodrigo CompridoLKimuraWorld Champ.ABS1/4F2000
303Fernando TerereFernando TerereLPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGF2000
379Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaLInjuryRickson CupABSF2000
427Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroLPenADCC88KGSF2001
1061Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLClock chokeWorld Champ.82KGSF2006
4364Vitor ShaolinVitor ShaolinLPts: 8x0World ExpoABSSUPERF2014
64Jorge PatinoJorge PatinoWTriangleBrasileiro82KGF1995
109Alexandre PaivaAlexandre PaivaWPts: 2x0World Champ.82KGSF1997
180Mario PierroWChokeEstadual RJ82KGF1998
184Rinaldo SantosWChoke from backWorld Champ.88KGSF1998
211MagraoWPts: 11x0Pan AmericanABS1/4F1999
213Mario EsfihaMario EsfihaWArmbarPan AmericanABSSF1999
214Claudio MorenoWArmbarPan American88KG1/4F1999
215Nilson NiboniWArmbarPan American88KGSF1999
371Jorge PatinoJorge PatinoWkneebarRickson CupABSGP2000
374Marcus SilvaWAdvRickson CupABSGP2000
384Fernando MargaridaFernando MargaridaWPts: 5x0Rio x Sao PauloABSSUPERF2000
389A. CacarecoWPointsADCC Trials87KGF2001
418Akihiro GonoWMata leaoADCC88KGRD12001
423Alexander SashaWOmoplataADCC88KG1/4F2001
430Enson InoueWPointsADCC88KG3PLC2001
726Rodrigo TeixeiraWArmbarFFA (IGJJF)82KGSUPERF2003
1058Eduardo RiosWPts: 8x4World Champ.82KG1/4F2006

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.

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