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Tool’s Maynard James Keenan demonstrates how Chris Rock could have deflected Will Smith’s slap

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Everyone else in the world has weighed in on the Chris Rock/Will Smith slapping incident at the Oscars last weekend, so why not Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan?

But instead of offering his opinion about Rock and Smith’s actions on that night, Keenan decided to provide a different perspective: He demonstrated how Rock should have deflected the blow.

In a video filmed at Verde Valley Brazilian Ju Jitsu, which Keenan co-founded, the rocker demonstrates “some of the techniques that could have saved Chris Rock’s life the other night.”  Of course, Rock didn’t need his life saved — he’s alive and well — but whatever.

Keenan and a colleague then demonstrate the slap, with Keenan noting that Rock had his hands behind his back — “not smart when someone’s rolling up on you like that,” he says.  He adds, “Here’s the solution.”

Keenan’s colleague then pretends to slap him again, and Keenan blocks him by raising his arm to head height and bending it.

“I realize we’re on the a** end of beating this dead horse, but f**kit,” MJK writes. “Greetings from my academy.”

Keenan is a brown belt and studies the Gracie style of Brazilian jiu-jitsu for self-defense.

Tool begins the European leg of their latest tour April 23 in Copenhagen.

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