Watch: Tom Hardy Goes Incognito and Wins Jiu Jitsu Competition

Thursday September 22, 2022

Tom Hardy in "Warrior"
Tom Hardy in "Warrior"  

Tom Hardy surprised his fans by turning up at a martial arts competition over the weekend and winning it.


"Hardy, 45, entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship, a competition held by Ultimate Martial Arts Championships at Oakgrove school in Milton Keynes," the Guardian reports via Hyde News & Pictures.


"He won all of his matches and his certificate of achievement can be seen made out to Edward Hardy—his real name. But this wasn't even his first tournament win," writes Sports Illustrated.



Hardy won the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, a tournament aimed at raising funds for military personnel, veterans and emergency service workers back in August, adds the Guardian. Hardy is a trustee for REORG, a charity teaching jiu-jitsu to those with serious injuries, or who have PTSD and depression.


"A spokesperson for the championships called Hardy a 'really nice guy' who was a 'real pleasure' to host at their tournament.


"Everyone recognised 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."



Danny Appleby, his opponent, was "shellshocked" when he found his opponent was Hardy, reported the local media outlet TeessideLive.


"Hardy told the starstruck Teessider before the bout 'just do what you'd normally do' in a match."


"It's been crazy on social media," he added, "I was waiting match-side for the semi-final in Wolverhampton when Tom showed up. I didn't know he was going to be there. And they expected me to remain composed.


"I recognized him straightaway. Everyone knows who Tom Hardy is, don't they?"


He's a really strong guy," he continued, "you wouldn't think it with him being a celebrity. I do okay, I've done about six tournaments and I've been on the podium in every one. But he's probably the toughest competitor I've had - he certainly lived up to his Bane character, that's for sure."


Known for his on-screen tough guy personas, Hardy's acting credits include films such as "Inception", "Dunkirk" and "Venom," as well as hit television show "Peaky Blinders." His role in 2015 drama "The Revenant" earned him an Academy Award nomination.


In a 2011 interview with the Guardian, the actor discussed his training regimen for his film "Warrior," in which he portrays a US marine who enters a mixed martial arts contest that culminates in fighting his estranged brother.


"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.