Aaron King was born in Connecticut but was moved to Georgia at the age of 8. His passion for the fighting arts first began in 2001 when he started training utilizing videos and techniques by Eddie Bravo (10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Black Belt). This hunger for information led him to professor Brandon Quick (Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Jamie Walsh) who helped mold Aaron’s NoGi (sub wrestling) Jiu Jitsu game to an advanced competition level; as well as mentored him in instructing/school ownership.
While Aaron’s focus was on NoGi Jiu Jitsu, his interests were spread into multiple martial arts. He was lucky to be in proximity to an amazing Muay Thai practicioner in Khunpon Dechkampu at Knuckle Up in Atlanta Ga. At Knuckle Up Aaron found several mentors and friends in Andrew Kloster, Mike Mashburn and Diego Saraiva (BJJ Black Belt Nova Uniao) who helped ignite his MMA obsession. Through these awesome people Aaron was linked into a network of amazing instructors, exposed to successful fighters and had the opportunity to take part in many professional MMA seminars/competitions..
Aaron was given his first Jiu Jitsu teaching opportunity through the late Tim Hart at Georgia Fight Club. During this time Aaron not only honed his crafts through Tim as a fighter, but even more so as an instructor. In this gym Aaron also starting training with Judo Black Belt Dion Martinez, NoGi grappler Richard Whirley (owner of Train Fight Win) and several other influential people, progressing him to the next level and realizing his true passion to teach. Georgia Fight Club soon transformed into GFC Martial Arts Academy where he was able to take on a much larger role as Jiu Jitsu instructor and assistant MMA instructor under head instructor Sifu Ramonte Chatman (JKD Black Belt, MMA fighter).
A few years later Aaron moved to Charlotte, North Carolina where he stumbled upon Jeremy Arel (BJJ Black Belt under Roberto “Gordo” Correa) and Great Grappling Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; his new home. From this point on Aaron King took on training with the Gi and under Jeremy specifically and has gained the rank of Black belt w/ an instructors bar. Jeremy Arel has been pivotal in Aaron’s growth as a grappler/instructor and continues to provide consistent support and continued training.
Since coming to Charlotte in 2011, Aaron was able to leave a 16 year career in the automotive design and engineer field to teach full time at several locations prior to AoM such as Fit To Fight, and 4m Fitness where he had the pleasure of working with and teaching fantastic groups of people.
Though his competition pace has slowed throughout the years, Aaron has participated in over 30+ competitions nation wide, and continues to test his skills while passing on his passion. Aaron prides himself on being a unique mix of grappling styles, mentored by the best instructors and molded by everyone he has shared the mats with.
Aaron King is a Black belt and the Head Instructor/Owner of Art of Motion in Indian Trail, North Carolina. He truly has a passion for teaching and positively impacting the world around him. Aaron owns Art of Motion, which is a dream realized for him. A positive attitude is one of Aaron's greatest strengths. He also has an amazing team of family and friends who support and love him.