Actor Tom Hardy won another jiu-jitsu championship over the weekend, demonstrating once again that he is hardy by name and by nature.
The Peaky Blinders actor stunned spectators last month when he entered the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship. He won the gold medal on the mat at a Wolverhampton recreation center.
He was so skilled that one of the opponents said he had to submit to Hardy before his arm would be broken. The 45-year-old actor once again tried to keep a low profile, this time he made an appearance at Milton Keynes jiu-jitsu tournament.
Using his abilities during the weekend, Hardy defeated all of his competitors to take first place. The event’s sponsor was Sean Rosborough. He claimed the organizers learned the Mad Max actor would be visiting the school a few weeks before to the event.
However, he said that they kept the actor’s presence to themselves in order to prevent large crowds. Despite being a surprise to the audience, Hardy was praised for his excellent interaction with the fans who came up to him for pictures.
According to Rosborough: “We found out he was coming probably a couple of weeks before. But the organizers kept it to themselves – and didn’t want masses of people turning up distracting him from what he was doing.”
“He was brilliant. A lot of people were asking for photos, and coming up to him, and he had no problem with that all. The mums were all over him. It didn’t bother him.”
“We tried not to bother him too much. We didn’t pap him to bits. We just tried to keep it as normal as possible for him. I think he had a good time.”
In order to prepare for his role as a former boxer turned mixed martial artist in the 2011 movie Warrior, Hardy apparently became interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
“I saw his matches, and he had submissions in them all – and they were really quick. He did really, really well. He’s not the highest grade, but you could see he had turned up to win, and he was impressive in every fight.”