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TOOL’s MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN Earns Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

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TOOL, A PERFECT CIRCLE, and PUSCIFER frontman Maynard James Keenan has earned his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

“Congratulations to my friend, training partner, and sometimes nemesis @iamthebriefcase on the monumental task of receiving his Black Belt today,” fellow jiu-jitsu black belt Ty Gay announced in an Instagram post on Saturday (January 6). “It was an amazing event with a bunch of truly amazing people. Today, Jiu-Jitsu became just a little bit better.”

In November 2021, Keenan achieved a major milestone in the martial art by being awarded his brown belt, placing him just one promotion away from the coveted black belt.

Keenan was promoted to brown belt by renowned Rickson Gracie black belt professor Luis “Limão” Herédia, who runs the Maui Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Hawaii.

According to a 2015 article from ABC News Radio Online, Keenan has been training in jiu-jitsu since the 1990s and was awarded both his blue and purple belts by Herédia.

In a 2006 interview with The AV Club, Keenan spoke about his experiences training in martial arts under the legendary Rickson Gracie. He described his jiu-jitsu training as “humbling,” explaining, “I have some skills that I can use, but I’m just a small guy.”

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