Tom Hardy’s resume is filled with high-intensity scenes, from taking on Batman as Bane, to playing host to the alien symbiote Venom, to playing the title role in the post-apocalyptic movie.Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Now the blockbuster star can add the martial arts champion to his list of action-packed accolades.
The 45-year-old English actor won gold at the 2022 UMAC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championships on Saturday after quietly entering the competition, organizers told CNN.
While bystanders and other competitors were stunned when Hardy appeared in the school’s assembly hall in Milton Keynes, England, organizers said he was simply “keeping his word”.
Mohamed Itoumaine, a referee and spokesman for tournament organizer Ultimate Martial Arts Championships, told CNN on Wednesday that Hardy had agreed to participate in the competition following his low-key appearance at the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship last month. Itoumaine was a referee at the previous tournament in Wolverhampton.
“I was very excited and impressed because he told me at the championship, ‘I’m going to yours now,’ and he kept his word,” Itoumaine said. “It’s very difficult to get a famous person to come to a local competition because his schedule is so busy.”
Itoumaine said UMAC kept the Hollywood star’s attendance quiet to avoid increasing the pressure on Hardy before the competition.
And when Hardy arrived, he made sure to deliver. Itoumaine said that Hardy dominated his division and qualified through stages before taking home the top prize.
Images posted on social media show a victorious hardy holding your certificate made under his real name “Edward Hardy”.
“[Hardy] he’s a legit blue belt. I have over 10 years of experience as a referee and after I saw him compete for the first time at the REORG championship I knew he would succeed in my competition,” said Itoumaine.
“It takes dedication and hard work to reach that level. He is technically, physically and mentally skilled. He is someone who wants to win in the best possible way, which makes his opponent submit and give up.”
Itoumaine, a second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, said he plans to hold more competitions next year and hopes the star will participate in more tournaments.
CNN has contacted Hardy’s representatives for comment.