Actor Tom Hardy secretly enters Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, destroys opponents, walks away with gold
· Sep 23, 2022 ·

Oscar nominee Tom Hardy, star of Venom, Mad Max, and The Dark Knight Rises entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in the UK under his real name, Ed Hardy.

Hardy, a blue-belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, competed in the Master 3 class for men aged 41 years or older and demolished his competition.

Watch him make this poor guy tap out.

"He was brilliant," event sponsor Sean Rosborough told the outlet. "A lot of people were asking for photos, and coming up to him, and he had no problem with that all."

One of the fighters that went up against Hardy, Danny Appleby said that he was "shell-shocked" when he realized he was about to compete against one of Hollywood's biggest stars.

"He said, ‘Just forget it's me and do what you would normally do,'" Appleby said.

"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."

Hardy posted the reason he competed to Facebook:

"Addiction is difficult and complex stuff to navigate; as is mental health," he wrote. "Subjects which are both deeply personal for me and extremely close to my heart.

"It is an honour to be able to represent the charity and my team REORG and the great work they do supporting the mental health and well-being of veterans of service, military and first responders through the therapeutic benefits of Jiu Jitsu and fitness training."

In the end, Hardy took home the win for his charity.

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