Welcome to Point Blank MMA Gym


Welcome to the Point Blank Gym website. We specialise in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. If you’re interested in receiving information on our classes, or have a specific question about what we do then please call, email or fill out the contact form location here.

In the links on the menu above you’ll find information on the classes we run. If you scroll down you will be able to read our regular updates on what’s happening in the gym.

We specialise in beginner friendly training, and consider  ourselves Galway’s number 1 location for learning functional martial arts.

Continued Success For Murphy at the IBJJF European Championship

Following on from the success at the Paris Open in November, Tim Murphy, head instructor at Point Blank Gym, continued his good form by securing a gold medal at the IBJJF European Championship in Lisbon, Portugal.


The European Championship is the most prestigious and largest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament held in Europe by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation and has been held in Lisbon, Portugal since January, 2004.

Murphy, competing in the Brown Belt Master 1 Lightweight category got a bye to the quarter final when his scheduled opponent failed to show. In the quarter and semi finals Tim proved to have too much for his opponents winning on points 7-0 and 10-0 respectively, only failing to secure a submission finish in the semi-final with a bow & arrow choke due to time running out.


The final proved to be a tougher affair for Murphy against Omar Rashid representing Roger Gracie Academy. Mr Rashid looked to have secured an Omoplata shoulder lock early in the match only for Tim to escape but in doing so, gave up a sweep and conceded two points. Murphy retaliated by promptly snatching a single leg take-down to put the two competitors even on points with a couple of minutes remaining.


Murphy pushed the pace in the final minutes attempting to secure a guard pass and while he was unsuccessful the referee judged him to be the busier competitor and gave him the nod in the end. The match finished two points apiece with Murphy winning by referees decision.

Double gold for Murphy at Paris Open


Point Blank Gym head instructor, Tim Murphy, made a triumphant return to active competition this past weekend winning double gold at the IBJJF Paris International Open Championship.

Murphy, a previous regular on the competition scene, was side-lined early last year with a serious ACL injury. The subsequent surgery and months of rehab meant Tim had not competed since winning a silver medal in the European No-Gi Championship in Rome in 2015.


Gi podium

First up for Tim was the gi division on Saturday. Tim made short work of the Semi-Final match-up securing numerous guard passes to win a comfortable points victory. In the final, Murphy didn’t have it so easy having to deal with a frustrating worm guard for the majority of the match. Eventually freeing himself, Murphy attempted a Bernardo Faria style over/under pass to kneebar, in the ensuing scramble his opponent spun away and presented his back to Murphy, the match ended with Tim digging in for a choke, having secured enough points for victory.

On the Sunday it was the no-gi and a chance at another medal. In the semi-final Murphy opened strong with a double leg takedown, his opponent attempted to reverse it but in doing so left an opening for Tim to secure a sweep. His opponent, defending a back-take, attempted an unorthodox armlock but Murphy managed to free himself to see out the match four point to zero and progress to the final.


No-gi podium

Murphy started strong again in the final scoring a takedown and almost secured a back-take but in doing so both competitors rolled out of bounds. It was a cagey affair from there on out with Murphy, up by points and numerous advantages, weary of a takedown attempt. In the closing seconds his opponent made his move attempting a throw but Murphy defended well and finish the match in mount to secure a deserved victory.

Speaking after the final on Sunday Mr. Murphy said “for a time there after the surgery even getting back on the mat seemed a far way off so to be back competing and to medal again is certainly very satisfying”.

Clean sweep for Team Point Blank at WCFC 6

Point Blank Gym took three wins from three at WCFC 6 on November 5th, with Jason Quinn winning the middleweight title against Shaolin MMA’s Andreaas Binder.

First up was Mateusz Kopyto, who took on Szczepan Ziólkowski from Nenagh Warriors. Both fighters were happy to keep the fight standing but it was Mateusz who dominated all three rounds, showcasing some great boxing skills.

Next up was Gary Mannion, who took on Dawid Wisniosz from Fantom MMA. Gary was rocked in the first round against the experienced kickboxer but recovered quickly and came back strong in rounds 2 and 3, landing some solid strikes standing and dominating the fight when it hit the ground.

The last fight of the night for Point Blank was Jason Quinn’s title fight against Andreaas Binder. The first round was close with both fighters having some success standing and in the clinch. Jason finished the round stronger, landing a good take down near the end. Rounds 2 and 3 were all one-way traffic for Quinn, who showcased great takedowns, ground control and solid striking from half guard to take an emphatic win.

Big thanks to all our members who came and supported, it made for a great night for the club. Next up in CRC in Dublin on Sunday December 11th.


Credit to Ger Duffy Photography for the great pictures from the night.

Gold for Olga Lyashevska at the World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship

Olga Lyashevska won a gold medal in this year’s World Master Jiu-Jitsu Championship, which took place in Las Vegas.


Olga defeated Sara Fearon of Guerilla Jiu Jitsu in the semi-final and defeated UFC veteran Alexis Davis in the final. Olga also won a bronze medal in the open weight division, narrowly losing out in the semi-final.


Olga is the coach of our Ladies BJJ program here in Point Blank and is a black belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Judo. More information about this program is available here: Ladies BJJ


New beginners MMA & BJJ course starting in June

Maybe you’re interested in learning how to defend yourself, or maybe you are just looking for a new sport? Maybe you’ve been watching the UFC on TV and fancy learning more about Mixed Martial Arts. Or maybe you’re like a lot of our members- You want to get fit, but you think going to the gym is boring and ultimately not very productive.

If so, then this is what you’re looking for.

A new round of our dedicated beginner classes will be starting in Point Blank Gym on Monday June 20th. Classes will be running on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm and focus on the fundamentals of MMA –  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and kickboxing.

Point Blank Gym is Galway’s dedicated MMA facility, featuring a large matted training area, and a competition-sized cage.


Coach Gary Jennings demonstrating with Jason Quinn

At Point Blank we have 2 streams of MMA practitioners:
Competitive: Those actively seeking to compete in Mixed Martial Arts at any level.
Non-Competitive: Those using MMA training as a past time for fitness or a hobby.

No matter which category you fall into, you’ll be challenged every day to become better than you were before.

Remember – You don’t need to be fit to start! Getting you fit is our job! So whether you’re currently in good shape or whether you’re using MMA as a method of getting that way, we can help you. In our gym you’ll find no wannabe tough guys, just people like you who are interested in the challenge of training or competing in MMA and BJJ.

We’re now enrolling for this course. We are offering the first 6 weeks of the course for only €60! That’s a 33% discount from our regular rates.

Our last course was sold out on the first night and unfortunately we had to turn people away.

This time we are offering the ability to book and confirm your spot online.

Email  info@pointblankgym.com or fill out the form here to receive more details on how to book your spot! We are expecting these classes to reach capacity before the first night so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Beginners working on their striking

Beginners working on their striking

These classes can be used as either a stand-alone course for those interested in learning something new or adding to their skills, or as an introduction to further training in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. So, whether you are just looking to take up a new sport or if you fancy yourself as a future UFC champion, these classes are a great place to get started.

IMG_7461Classes are suitable for all, regardless of your current fitness level. Training at Point Blank is a fun, enjoyable experience. You will learn new skills, get stronger and fitter and be part of a team of people all committed to doing the same. Remember, you don’t need to be fit to join; getting you in shape is our job!

Learn more about the Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals program by click here.

Sign up by mailing info@pointblankgym.com, calling 087-6962819, or filling out the form available here



Ladies only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes

We are delighted to announce that we will be starting ladies only Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes in Point Blank Gym. These classes will be taught by Coach Olga Lyashevska. Olga is a black belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and in Judo and is an experienced international competitor.

Classes will start on April 20th and will run every Wednesday and Friday at 6pm.


Olga teaching a seminar recently at Point Blank Gym. Photo Cedit: Anna Miko

About Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling martial art; in other words no strikes are allowed. BJJ focuses on technique, skill and the correct use of leverage. This means that it can be used by a smaller opponent to defeat a much larger one.


  • It will help you lose weight, get fit and improve your functional strength
  • You will learn real techniques and skills which might help you protect yourself and your family if the situation ever arises
  • The techniques work for everybody, not just for those big and strong. This is the real strength of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • It is an exciting and fun activity and is great for relieving stress


Whether you just want to get fitter and learn a new sport, or whether you have ambitions of one day competing, there is a place for you in at Point Blank Gym. We have a friendly and welcoming team atmosphere that is suitable for complete beginners.

Common Questions

When are the classes?
Classes will run every Wednesday and Friday at 6pm.

How much is it to sign up?
We are currently running a new promotion where you can have a 14 day, no obligation, free trial before signing up so feel free to call down and try out some classes at no charge.

What do I need to bring?
In these classes the normal BJJ uniform called the gi or kimono will be used. However you don’t need one of these to get started. All you need to bring are shorts or tracksuit bottoms and a tshirt. A bottle of water would be a good idea too!

Is any previous experience required?
Our new ladies program is aimed at complete beginners; no previous experience of any kind is needed or expected.

Do I need to be fit to join?
Not at all, as we always say, getting you fit is our job. It’s natural to be a bit worried about not being fit enough to train but it is really not an issue. Once you start training in BJJ you will start getting fitter as you are learning. Everyone gets tired during their first class but you’ll be surprised how quickly you start coming up to speed.

How do I join

Email info@pointblankgym.com or call 087 6962819 to book your place today. Space will be limited to book early to avoid disappointment.


Ladies only seminar

About Olga Lyashevska


Olga started training in Judo and BJJ in 2005. She received her black belt in judo in 2010 and her black belt in BJJ in 2015. Olga won the 2012, 2013 and 2015 trials for the World Pro Jiu Jitsu Championships in Abu Dhabi. In 2013 as a purple beltshe became a No-gi European Champion. In 2014 she won the brown belt open class at Rome International Open. In 2016, she won a bronze medal in the Black Belt open class at the European Championship in Lisbon.