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Paarse band voor Tool Frontman Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan

Niet bij iedereen gaat meteen een belletje rinkelen bij het horen van de naam James Maynard Keenan. Maynard, bekend als frontman van alternatieve rockbands Tool en A Perfect Circle, heeft afgelopen woensdag tijdens zijn vakantie in Hawaii de paarse band in BJJ ontvangen van Luis “Limao” Heredia.

Maynard heeft een sterkte achtergrond in worstelen en begon midden jaren 90 met het trainen in Braziliaans Jiu Jitsu onder Rickson Gracie. Door blessures en het drukke tourschema van de bands kwam er een einde aan het regelmatige trainen van Maynard. Sinds kort heeft Maynard zijn trainingen weer opgepakt bij onder andere Henry Akins in Los Angeles.

Van de facebookpagina van “Fifth Dimension Sudios Mixed Martial Arts & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu”:

Maynard James Keenan

Maynard James Keenan

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, @chieflimao 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. 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. @5dbjj @henrydynamixmma


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