Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan awarded BJJ black belt

Tool lead singer and frontman Maynard James Keenan was recently promoted to the rank of black belt in BJJ.

The ranks of celebrity Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts have grown by one more member, as global rock star Maynard James Keenan was recently promoted.

The promotion comes roughly two years after the Tool lead vocalist was awarded his brown belt.

Keenan posted about his new black belt on Instagram, as did Redline Jiu-Jitsu founder Ty Gay.

Keenan is best known for his work with Tool, a progressive and psychedelic rock band that has seen worldwide success over the past three decades. The 59-year-old’s unique voice and lyrics have played a major part in Tool’s unique sound and acclaim. The band has won four Grammy’s, and won a Billboard Music Award for Top Rock Album for its 2020 album “Fear Inoculum.”

Additionally, Keenan has been the vocalist for rock bands A Perfect Circle and Puscifer.

Grappling Insider congratulates Keenan on this massive accomplishment and looks forward to watching him continue to proudly represent BJJ as a black belt.

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