Aaron "Stout" Thompson is often the first person novice grapplers meet when they step onto Kaijin's mats. Though he’s a teacher to many of our new members, Stout is forever a student with a voracious appetite for new techniques and details. He began training in 2009 and was soon captivated by jiu jitsu’s complexity — it even helped him kick a smoking habit. If you’re new to the gym, never hesitate to ask Stout for guidance. Belt: purple. Favorite position: bottom half guard.