Over the summer, videos of actor Tom Hardy appeared on TikTok competing in a martial arts competition, seemingly doing very well, and ended up winning the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton. This week, Hardy won his matches in another tournament.
Hardy, a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who trains at Roger Gracie’s affiliate schools, participated in the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship. That tournament is part of the Ultimate Martial Arts Championships at Oakgrove school in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.
The Warrior and Mad Max: Fury Road star, adorned in a blue gi, fought several opponents and eventually won all his matches. Hardy’s certificate of achievement was awarded under Edward Hardy, his first name as the actor goes by his middle name professionally.
Speaking to The Guardian, a spokesperson for the championships called Hardy a really nice guy and was a real pleasure to host at their tournament this year.
“Everyone recognized him but he was very humble and was happy to take time out for people to take photographs with him,” the spokesperson said. “It was a real pleasure to have him compete at our event.”
Preparing for the film Warrior back in 2011, Hardy broke down his training schedule and regimen and how he got his body ready for that role. He would keep the bulked-up physique for 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises playing Bat-nemesis, Bane.
“I did two hours boxing a day, two hours muay thai, two hours jiu-jitsu followed by two hours choreography and two hours of weightlifting seven days a week for three months,” Hardy said. “You have to really want to do that, so it was a challenge.”
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