Tom Hardy, 45, shocked the people of Milton Keynes when he stood up to take part in a martial arts tournament over the weekend. The Dark Knight Rises actor amazed fans even more when he won the competition.
Tom created quite a buzz when he competed in the Ultimate Martial Arts Championship (UMAC) Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Open 2022, at Oakgrove School in the city of Buckinghamshire.
The Mad Max star, who is an accomplished blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu, won a gold medal after showing off his impressive moves.
The actor was dressed in a blue jiu-jitsu gi which, when opened, revealed the many tattoos covering his chest.
The star eventually beat his final opponent, securing his victory in the competition with an arm bar submission.
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The film, directed by Gavin O’Connor, centers on a pair of brothers who are mixed martial arts fighters and also stars Joel Edgerton.
Tom’s latest rival in the competition, Andy Leatherland, went on to tell the publication that the movie star had been “very focused” and “absolutely solid” throughout the tournament.
“The intensity that he brought to his movie roles, he brought it. He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything,” Andy said.
Speaking of his defeat, he continued: “I made a mistake and he took advantage of it. He absolutely nailed it, and he replaced me, and it was over pretty quickly.”
According to Essential Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is “a primarily ground-based martial art, using the principles of leverage, angles, pressure, and timing, along with knowledge of human anatomy, to to achieve a non-violent submission of his adversary.
“Unlike other martial arts which focus on striking and/or kicking, jiu-jitsu focuses on close contact grips and grappling techniques, and the application of chokeholds and joint manipulations.
Tom is an award-winning actor who made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down in 2001.
He won BAFTA’s Rising Star Award in 2011 and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 for his performance in The Revenant.