Double gold for Murphy at Paris Open

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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