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Maynard James Keenan receives his Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

on May 29, 2015, 4:20pm

Amid Tool’s 10-year stretch between albums, frontman Maynard James Keenan has remained busy with a variety of other activities. He’s released two albums with Puscifer, reunited with A Perfect Circle, opened his own wine vineyard, and even began writing an autobiography.

He’s also a trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter, who just recently received his Purple belt. Keenan shared his experiences with the martial art in a lengthy post to Tumblr.

Thankful moment. Yesterday, while on family vacation in Hawaii, I was blessed with a curveball. The coach that gave me my Blue belt years ago at Ricksons academy on Pico in LA, Luis “Limao” Heredia, @chieflimao Maui Jiu Jitsu, surprised me unexpectedly with a long, very kind, heart felt speech and my Purple Belt.

It’s taken quite awhile to get here. I moved to an area that had no Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu school in late ’96 and had to commute back and forth to keep up training which just wasn’t practical. I also suffered a few injuries which also made training inconsistent. And even when I could train, it wasn’t under a single instructor with a Rickson Gracie curriculum. So very difficult to advance in belts under this scenario.

But more recently I resumed training after some supportive prodding from one of my best friends in the world, Todd Fox. And I’ve been making regular trips back and forth to St Louis to train with his coach, Rodrigo Vaghi as well as to Los Angeles to train with my old friend Henry Akins, at Dynamix Martial Arts. Without these guys I wouldn’t have been able to confidently wear this belt. Thank you, Todd, Rodrigo, Henry, and Limao for this opportunity to test and understand myself better and to push my boundaries and discover more of which I am capable. @5dbjj @henrydynamixmma

Tldr; Maynard James Keenan is even more of a badass than we originally thought.