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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

19 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (21%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (63%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
42
5
#86e620
Americana
33
4
#5AD3D1
Toe Hold
8
1
#d1212a
Kimura
8
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
14 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    2 (14%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (21%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (57%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (7%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Inside heel hook
25
2
#86e620
Straight ankle lock
13
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
13
1
#d1212a
Botinha
13
1
#fad11b
RNC
13
1
#f58822
Yoko Sankaku
13
1
#224aba
Guillotine
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Claire North Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
24226Rafaela GuedesRafaela GuedesLPts: 0x0, AdvPan American69KGF2020
26706Danielle AlvarezDanielle AlvarezLPts: 4x4, AdvAmerican Nats69KGF2021
26711Janaina LebreJanaina LebreLStraight ankle lockAmerican NatsABSSF2021
27660Luiza MonteiroLuiza MonteiroLPts: 8x0Pan American69KGSF2021
29101Chloe McNallyChloe McNallyLArmbarJJ CONABS4F2021
29105Vannessa GriffinVannessa GriffinLPts: 2x2, AdvJJ CON69KGF2021
29637Andresa CintraLBotinhaWorld Champ.69KGSF2021
29837Sheliah LindseySheliah LindseyLRNCM. Finishers 565KGF2022
30842Vedha ToscanoLYoko SankakuDallas NGOABSF2022
33074Janine MuttonLReferee DecisionWorld Champ.64KG8F2022
35641Anna RodriguesAnna RodriguesLPts: 4x0NoGi Pan61KGF2022
36943Brianna Ste-MarieBrianna Ste-MarieLGuillotineNoGi Worlds61KGSF2022
37681Peyton LetcherLInside heel hookM. Finishers 12ABSSF2023
45793Lunna TallenLInside heel hookNoGi World67KGR12023
24222Melissa CuetoWAmericanaPan American69KG4F2020
24225Brenda PalhetaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan American69KGSF2020
26705Mayra MazzaWPts: 10x2American Nats69KGSF2021
27654Victoria MontrezorWToe HoldPan American69KG8F2021
27657Brenda PalhetaWAmericanaPan American69KG4F2021
29104Hannah RauchWAmericanaJJ CON69KGSF2021
29633Yuki KanekoWPts: 2x0World Champ.69KG4F2021
29832Alivia BierlyWKimuraM. Finishers 565KG4F2022
29835Delia KowanolskiWKneebarM. Finishers 565KGSF2022
30812Thamires MonteiroWPts: 6x0Dallas Open64KGSF2022
30813Tracey GoodellWPts: 4x4, AdvDallas Open64KGF2022
30841Thamires MonteiroWPts: 2x0Dallas NGOABSSF2022
34831Talita NogueiraTalita NogueiraWInside heel hookJJ Con NGABSSF2022
34833Mayara CustodioWInside heel hookJJ Con NGABSF2022
35638Yasmim PinheiroWInside heel hookNoGi Pan61KG4F2022
35640Thamires MonteiroWPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Pan61KGSF2022
36940Margot CiccarelliMargot CiccarelliWInside heel hookNoGi Worlds61KG4F2022
37679Rais RadfordWAmericanaM. Finishers 12ABSSF2023
37680Ally WolskiWInside heel hookM. Finishers 12ABSSF2023
37688Nabila MartínezD---M. Finishers 12ABSF2023
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