Master Clinton Murphy is a native of Brookfield, CT graduating High School in 1989. After high school, Master Murphy found himself looking for something to take the place of the fulfillment he found playing high school football and discovered the Martial Arts. He began studying Filipino Kun Tao with the LaBonte family in Brookfield. When his instructor moved out of state, he continued studying under Master Ralph Bergamo for the next 18+ years to achieve the level of 5th degree Black Belt.
As an established Black Belt with Bergamo’s Martial Arts, Master Murphy began competing with Team Bergamo in Breaking and won competitions on the state, regional, national and world levels, including 3 consecutive Heavyweight World Champion Belts in Power Breaking. Master Murphy has been seen competing on ESPN2, as well as being spotlighted in a Discovery Channel Documentary called “Xtreme Martial Arts,” an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and a supporting role in the motion picture “The Agent.”
In 2008, Master Murphy opened his own school teaching in the Southwest corner of Connecticut. Today, at Modern Self Defense and Training Center, Master Murphy is a 5th Degree Blackbelt and teaches classes for adults and children, as well as continuing to compete around the country along with his two children, Samantha and CJ. He has been named a Local Director for Connecticut by the USBA/WBA where he enjoys judging and mentoring both kids and adults who find the same passion and excitement as he does in Breaking.