Revolver Magazine has released a 4 episode video series with Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan. In the 4th installment of the series Maynard discusses why he does jiu jitsu, his wrestling background, and the importance of doing what your heart tells you to. You can view the video in the link below.
Maynard has been doing Jiu Jitsu since the 90’s, when he first saw the UFC and decided to start training. In the video he says that he found Rickson’s school and began attending class there. In various other interviews he talks about the difficulties with training while on tour, and how that has slowed his progress as a jiu jitsu practitioner. I find it encouraging to hear that he worked through his delays and is still training. In my training I sometimes have breaks due to illness, injury or just responsibilities getting in the way, which can be frustrating. It’s always helpful to hear stories about sticking people with it, and moving ahead at whatever pace life allows them.
And if there is any doubt about Maynard’s abilities, check out this beautifully executed Judo throw on stage:
Maynard even did an interview with Rickson Gracie:
Maynard James Keenean interviews Rickson Gracie
And Joe Rogan interviewed Maynard, and here’s a good clip where they are talking about Jiu Jitsu:
For those of you unfamiliar with Maynard’s work, I highly recommend checking out his bands: