Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Promoted To BJJ Black Belt

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Promoted To BJJ Black Belt

Maynard James Keenan – an American progressive metal singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, winemaker, and actor best known as the vocalist for Grammy Award-winning American progressive metal band “Tool” – has been promoted to BJJ black belt!

The news were first shared via social media:


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Back in 2010, Maynard had a somewhat “different” display of Jiu-Jitsu skill – during a concert.
Specifically, he hip tossed a fan and then promptly took his back… All while singing:

In a Joe Rogan Experience episode, he explained what attracted him to BJJ and why he keeps training it:

It’s [Jiu-Jitsu] the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, it’s the hardest.
It’s the most… I’m getting snowflakey weepy.

It’s not something that you are handed. You have to do the work to get it. And I had so many injuries over the years.
So much distance from this thing and I’m such a stubborn pr*ck that I have – I’ve started the thing and I’m gonna finish this thing.

So that’s where I’m at with Jiu-Jitsu. And it’s not something that you can be handed.