While many fans are eagerly waiting for the completion of Tool’s follow-up to 2006’s 10,000 Days, the frontman sure seems to be taking his sweet time. Earlier it was announced that Maynard is focusing on releasing the third Puscifer studio album this year, but it was also revealed that he has been busy with some non-music related activities.
As shown above, Maynard James Keenan has recently earned his purple belt in Jiu Jitsu. In regards to the achievement, Maynard stated, “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, 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.”