Maynard James Keenan Describes Life Lessons From Practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

November 2, 2017

In the final episode of Revolver's four-part video series "The Art Of Work", Maynard James Keenan of ToolA Perfect Circle and Puscifer takes us on the personal and philosophical journey he experiences while practicing the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

"I'm not living any illusions. I'll never be in the octogon. I'm not built for it," says Keenan. "What I do martial arts for is multiple things. Just... personal growth and personal understanding and reflection. But also because it's a self-defense technique." He adds, "Maybe it'll never happen, but if you're in a situation where you have some drunken, blithering idiot, or somebody's crazy... I do it for that purpose"

"You're walking in the doors a white belt, you don't know anything. So every day that you go there, even though you might make small progressions, it's all about you digging in... self-evaluating and understanding exactly what humility smells like, because it's a tough road."

Keenan also refers back to the life lessons he learned from his father, who doubled as his wrestling coach in high school. "He knew you had more in you than what you were giving," said Keenan. "But his take was always: 'You either win or you learn.'"

Watch the full video below!