Tom Hardy surprised attendees after he showed up to a jiu-jitsu competition in the UK over the weekend, where he won a gold medal.
Hardy, 45, reportedly “secretly arranged” to compete in the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship at Oakgrove School in Milton Keys last Saturday (September 17).
Event sponsor Sean Rosborough said so Daily mail that the organizers knew in advance of Hardy’s attendance but decided to keep it under wraps because they didn’t want “crowds of people showing up [and] distraction” from the competition.
However, Hardy posed for photos with fans afterwards, and “the moms were all over him,” Rosborough added.
That poison The actor faced Andy Leatherland, a 42-year-old sales manager and jiu-jitsu blue belt (like Hardy), in the finals.
Leatherland signed up for the fight after realizing Hardy would be there, he told the Daily Mail.
“I was thinking about the Milton Keynes tournament as it was very local,” he said, adding, “And then one morning – [the actor] goes by the name of Edward Hardy – I saw that he actually signed up.”
He said Hardy brought the same intensity to the fight as he did to his action film roles, adding that he was “very focused” and their fight was over “relatively quickly”.
“I made a mistake and he capitalized on it. He absolutely nailed it and he substituted me on and it was over relatively quickly,” said Hardy’s opponent.
Last month, the 45-year-old Brit won two medals in a charity jiu-jitsu competition for REORG – which promotes the practice of Brazilian jiu-jitsu as a form of therapy for veterans, military and emergency services members dealing with mental health disorders or “life-changing physical injuries” – in Wolverhampton.
Hardy began training at REORG to prepare for his film warrior (2011) and has a blue belt.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/tom-hardy-jiu-jitsu-uk-gold-b2171715.html Tom Hardy wins gold at a British Jiu-Jitsu competition after a surprise performance