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Claire North is a jiu-jitsu black belt under John Gutta who represents both Tipping Point BJJ and TAC Team in the sport’s global circuit, where she earned an array of impressive competitive achievements despite working full-time in the pharmacy industry. Among the most important moments in North’s grappling career are the medals she conquered at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation’s (IBJJF) World Championships, Pan Championships, and the American Nationals.

Claire North Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Claire North

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlson Gracie > Rodrigo Medeiros > Johnny Ramirez > Mark Vives > John Gutta > Claire North

Main Achievements:

  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2020)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2021)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF World Championship (2021)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2021)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NOGI (2019* brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF World Championship (2018 brown)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF American Nationals (2019* brown)
  • 3rd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2016 purple)

* Absolute
** Weight and Absolute

Favorite Position/Technique: Spider Guard

Weight Division: Peso Médio (69kg / 152.5lbs)

Team/Association: Tipping Point BJJ / TAC Team

Claire North Biography

Claire North was born on February 1, 1993, in Des Moines, Iowa, where she grew up.

Drawn to sports from a young age, Claire started practicing soccer competitively during kindergarten, an activity she maintained all the way through to her senior year of high school. While in HS, North also gained an interest in grappling – a curiosity that fueled a desire to apply for the school’s wrestling team. That project, however, would fall flat due to social pressure which, at the time, deemed wrestling as not befitting of a young lady.

At the age of 18, Claire moved to Iowa City, Iowa, to further develop her academic studies at the University of Iowa. While in IC, North started working as a beer cart girl at a local country club where she had a troubling interaction with an intoxicated customer who physically intimidated Claire. The experience led her to research self-defense and martial arts.

During her research of martial arts, Claire discovered jiu-jitsu. A combat sport with a solid self-defense foundation and a strong competitive outlet – something highly valued by North. BJJ was also heavily reliant on grappling, a style of combat Claire had sought to pursue since her high school days. Given how many of North’s preferences were ticked by BJJ, she decided to join her college’s jiu-jitsu club.

Claire worked on her jiu-jitsu skills with coach John Gutta from day 1 with their relationship gradually developing also outside the mats, leading to North and Gutta’s marriage. North also earned her black belt from Gutta on December 19, 2019, then becoming the first female black belt from the State of Iowa.

After Claire finished her university degree in Pharmacy, she moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with her husband to open a jiu-jitsu academy – Tipping Point BJJ. A project started while North worked a full-time job in her chosen profession, and – at a later stage – while further advancing her academic studies with an engineering degree in her field of work. Despite her busy work schedule, North was able to produce very solid results in the sporting world.

Claire North Grappling Record

15 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (27%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (20%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (53%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
50
4
#86e620
Americana
38
3
#5AD3D1
Toe Hold
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
11 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (18%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (27%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (9%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Straight ankle lock
20
1
#86e620
Armbar
20
1
#5AD3D1
Botinha
20
1
#d1212a
Yoko Sankaku
20
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Claire North Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24215Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American69KGF2020
26687Danielle AlvarezDanielle AlvarezLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats69KGF2021
26692Janaina LebreJanaina LebreLStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSSF2021
27641Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 8x0Pan American69KGSF2021
29081Chloe McNallyChloe McNallyLArmbarJJ CONABS4F2021
29085Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinLPts: 2x2, AdvJJ CON69KGF2021
29614Andresa CintraLBotinhaWorld Champ.69KGSF2021
30795Vedha ToscanoLYoko SankakuDallas NGOABSF2022
33021Janine MuttonLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KG8F2022
35556Anna RodriguesAnna RodriguesLPts: 4x0NoGi Pan61KGF2022
36845Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieLGuillotineNoGi Worlds61KGSF2022
24211Melissa CuetoWAmericanaPan American69KG4F2020
24214Brenda PalhetaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American69KGSF2020
26686Mayra MazzaWPts: 10x2American Nats69KGSF2021
27635Victoria MontrezorWToe HoldPan American69KG8F2021
27638Brenda PalhetaWAmericanaPan American69KG4F2021
29084Hannah RauchWAmericanaJJ CON69KGSF2021
29610Yuki KanekoWPts: 2x0World Champ.69KG4F2021
30765Thamires MonteiroWPts: 6x0Dallas Open64KGSF2022
30766Tracey GoodellWPts: 4x4, AdvDallas Open64KGF2022
30794Thamires MonteiroWPts: 2x0Dallas NGOABSSF2022
34765Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWInside heel hookJJ Con NGABSSF2022
34767Mayara CustodioWInside heel hookJJ Con NGABSF2022
35553Yasmim PinheiroWInside heel hookNoGi Pan61KG4F2022
35555Thamires MonteiroWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan61KGSF2022
36842Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds61KG4F2022
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