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Tom Hardy speaks up after surprise jiu-jitsu victory and reveals why he stepped in

Just days after secretly entering – and winning – a jiu-jitsu competition over the weekend, Tom Hardy has revealed what made him enter it in the first place.

The Oscar-nominated actor, 45, shocked a crowd of martial artists in England after he appeared at the competition on Saturday as an accomplished blue belt in the self-defense discipline.

On Wednesday following his win, The Revenant star took to Instagram to announce that he competed in the championship as part of the global non-profit organization REORG.

“Addiction is a difficult and complex subject to navigate; as does mental health,” Hardy wrote. “Topics that are both deeply personal to me and very close to my heart.”

He added, “It is an honor to represent the charity and my team REORG and the amazing work they do to support the mental health and well-being of war veterans, military personnel and first responders through the therapeutic benefits of Jiu Jitsu can and fitness training.”

The Venom actor said the sport has helped him develop “a deeper sense of inner resilience.”

Actor Tom Hardy won gold at a martial arts championship after secretly arranging a bout at a gym and knocking out his local opponents.
Tom Hardy poses with his medal for first place after the competition.
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“Simple exercise has been fundamental for me (as a hobby and as a personal love) to further develop a deeper sense of inner resilience, calm and well-being,” he explained. “I can’t stress how important it was and the impact it had on my life and my teammates.”

According to The Guardian, Hardy entered the competition under his real name, “Edward,” moving away from his stage name, which is also his middle name.

Actor Tom Hardy won gold at a martial arts championship after secretly arranging a bout at a gym and knocking out his local opponents.
Tom Hardy’s opponent told local media the actor’s performance over the weekend left him “shocked”.
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Hardy has been open about his past struggle with substance abuse, including a difficult time in his life when he was addicted to alcohol and drugs in 2002.

Last month, Hardy won two medals in a jiu-jitsu competition for REORG.

Hardy entered a grueling training program at the organization in preparation for his 2011 film Warrior.

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