Nino Schembri began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at age five under his teachers Marcelo and Silvio Behring in Nova Ipanema, Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He began his elite training at age thirteen under Jorge Pereira who helped develop the early stages of his game. As a blue belt at age eighteen, he moved to the Gracie Barra Academy to study under Master Carlos Gracie Jr. and Renzo Gracie. After just two years under the tutelage of the Gracie Barra Academy, he was promoted to the acclaimed rank of black belt and began his quest to conquer almost every Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu title. Some of these titles include the Brazilian, Pan American, and World Championship. He was also voted the most technical competitor in ADCC 2001. In 2000, Schembri took his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu arsenal to the world of Mixed Martial Arts and competed on the largest stage in Japan, The Pride Fighting Championships. There he fought some of Japan’s best fighters and even held a knockout victory over world famous Kazushi Sakuraba a.k.a. ” the Gracie Hunter”. In 2004, Schembri began teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at theChute Boxe Acadmy in Curitiba, Brazil. During his time there, he trained world renowned fighters like Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Maurillo “Ninja” Rua. Today, he shares his knowledge and life’s work with the new generation of martial artists of all ages and backgrounds at his academy in Lawndale, CA.