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PostSubject: Tool's Maynard Has Earned a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu   Tool's Maynard Has Earned a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu EmptySun May 31, 2015 7:59 am

Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan was proud to announce earning a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

So apart from two Puscifer albums, one A Perfect Circle album, and the whole wine business endeavor, you can now add jiu-jitsu to the list of things Maynard's during the past 10 years that are not the new Tool album.

"Thankful moment. Yesterday, while on family vacation in Hawaii, I was blessed with a curveball," the singer noted via Instagram, along with a photo of the belt. "The coach that gave me my Blue belt years ago at Ricksons academy on Pico in LA, Luis 'Limao' Heredia, 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.

He concluded, "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. "
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