Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Awesomeness of Maynard James Keenan


This post is a bit different than the usual but interesting enough if you are a fan of Tool, more specifically Maynard James Keenan.  I was a big fan of Tool back in the 90's and some of Maynard's other musical projects.  Back in 2008 when I first started training I ran across a video from a live show (undated) where a fan ran on stage.  Maynard calmly tossed him and back mounted him while still performing the show.  



Because of this video it's pretty well known in the Jiu-Jitsu community that he has ties to the sport but I personally didn't know much about his background.  A recent conversation on the Sherdog grappling forum about the above video led me to Joe Rogan's interview with Maynard from last year.  The discussion about Maynard's ties to Jiu-Jitsu starts at the 16:40 mark.  



This video has multiple parts and is mostly focused on how the front man got involved in the wine making business which is also pretty fascinating being a Wine-O myself.  If you like wine or want to see more about Keenan's winery out in Arizona there's a really cool documentary you can watch online or Netflix.