Well, well, well. This is interesting. Relatively old-schooll BJJ magician Antonio ‘Nino’ Schembri has recently come out and told Tatame that he invented many of the positions we now know as the circular logic of the uniervese (omoplata) or zombie (sticking hand through omoplata into rubber guard).
They were always there. Interesting. Read below:
“I invented it and in 2000, in Abu Dhabi, showed the position to Renzo, who did not think much of it at the time (laughs). After a while, I did it in a competition, in São Paulo, in the fight against Julius Mariano. It’s hard to say ‘I invented’, but really, no one had done it before. There were variations, all of the rubber guard, which I did. Eddie Bravo stole my positions and began to put names on them”Nino says.
“At the time, I told a magazine that I created the gogoplata and there were a lot of people that said it existed. Others said I, in fact, invented the position. That makes five years. Inventing position would not merit anyone. The important thing is that I know I started doing gogoplata, showed to my brother … The closest know that I’m not lying. ”