Girl Battles Back From Bullying To Master The Mat

Claire Teitgan, 12-years-old, was almost pushed to the point of no return caused by relentless bullying, until she found her way back with mixed-martial arts. Claire has been the victim of bullying since first grade, but it wasn’t until last year that the effects were taking a toll.“All of a sudden, we’re cleaning her room and we find these suicidal notes throughout, in her closet, under her bed. We found her diary,” Claire’s father, Charlie Tietgen said. That’s when everything changed. Austen Ford, Claire’s trainer, said he saw her potential immediately and that’s when Claire’s parents realized grappling could save their daughter.


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