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John Gutta

Head Coach

Rank: Black Belt


John is the owner and head coach of Tipping Point BJJ. John is a pioneer for BJJ in Iowa and is one of the most experienced coaches and decorated competitors in the state. He began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2006 and received his black belt in 2016 making him one of the first black belts in the state.

John is an elite competitor who has won numerous championships including gold medals at every belt level at International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation events and has medaled at major international competitions including the Pan American and Nogi World Championships. 

Over the years John has held several coaching positions including at the University of Iowa and the world renowned mixed martial arts gym, Miletich Fighting Systems. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors degree in Economics, John devoted all of his attention to growing and building his team at Tipping Point BJJ.

John’s coaching style blends an analytical and technical approach with vigorous training sessions to develop his students mentally and physically. His students have gone on to win titles at the highest levels of the sport and many have opened their own Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academies spreading BJJ across the state of Iowa and beyond. John’s diverse teaching and competition background along with his analytical approach to the sport allow him to cater to students at any level from first day students without any experience to elite competitors or UFC veterans.

John also has instructional courses available on BJJ Fanatics.

Check them out here!


4x IBJJF American National Champion Black Belt Master

IBJJF Pan Championship 2nd (2021) Black Belt Master

IBJJF NoGi Pans Championship 2nd (2021) Black Belt Master

IBJJF Nogi Worlds Championship 3rd (2021) Black Belt Master

20x IBJJF Chicago International Open Champion

2x IBJJF Twin Cities International Open Champion

2x IBJJF Dallas International Open Champion

2x Fight 2 Win Veteran


Claire North

Rank: Black Belt


Claire is the head coach for our premier Women’s Program. Claire started training in 2012 and she received her black belt in 2019 making her Iowa’s first female Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt! Claire isn’t just a black belt… she is one of the top black belt competitors in the world medaling a the IBJJF World and Pan American Championships!


Claire has an encouraging and enthusiastic coaching style, that gets everyone fired up to attend her classes. Off the mats, Claire is a full time clinical pharmacist in Cedar Rapids.

Check out her profile on BJJ Heroes here!



IBJJF Nogi World Championship 3rd (2022) Black Belt Adult

IBJJF Nogi Pan Championship 2nd (2022) Black Belt Adult

Medusa Jiu Jitsu (EBI) Bantamweight Champion (2022)

IBJJF World Championship 3rd (2021) Black Belt Adult

IBJJF Pan Championship 2nd (2020) Black Belt Adult

IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd (2021) Black Belt Adult

IBJJF World Championship 2nd (2018) Brown Belt

IBJJF Pan Championship 3rd (2016) Purple Belt

2x IBJJF American National Champion Brown Belt

12x IBJJF Chicago International Open Champion (white – black)

2x IBJJF Dallas Open Champion Black Belt Adult

IBJJF Jiu Jitsu Con NoGi Open Class Champion Black Belt Adult


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