Tom Hardy acquired his first style of martial arts while training for Warrior, the 2011 movie the place he starred as an MMA fighter. Apparently he caught the martial arts bug, as a result of he’s continued to coach and enter tournaments—together with one in England final weekend. According to The Guardian, the 45-year-old actor used his actual identify, Edward Hardy, to stealthily join an area Brazilian jiu-jitsu match held at a faculty in Milton Keynes, a city outdoors London. The match organizers and rivals didn’t understand somebody well-known was displaying as much as compete till Hardy arrived for his matches. And he didn’t simply compete—he emerged victorious in each match and gained the entire match.
In addition to displaying off his abilities on the mat, Hardy additionally discovered time to hang around with followers on the occasion. A spokesperson for the match mentioned he was a “really nice guy.”
“Everyone recognized him but he was very humble and was happy to take time out for people to take photographs with him,” the spokesperson advised The Guardian. “It was a real pleasure to have him compete at our event.”
At the top of the match, “Edward Hardy” walked away with a certificates of feat—and left behind a complete fitness center stuffed with rivals and spectators with an ideal story to inform.
Hardy has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and this isn’t the primary time he’s turned up at an occasion to compete. Just this previous August, he gained the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship within the U.Okay. It’s an occasion that raises funds for “military personnel, veterans, and emergency service workers,” The Guardian reviews. Hardy can be a trustee with REORG, a charity that gives jiu-jitsu classes to folks affected by severe accidents, PTSD, and despair.
After the August REORG occasion, a local news outlet interviewed Danny Appleby, a veteran and one of many rivals who confronted Hardy on the mat within the match. Appleby known as him “genuinely a really nice guy,” though getting over the shock of wrestling a celeb was an surprising problem.
“I was shell-shocked,” Appleby advised Teeside Live. “[Hardy] said, ‘Just forget it’s me and do what you would normally do.’”
Hardy went on to win the match, and Appleby was impressed.
“He’s probably the toughest competitor I’ve had.”
Be warned: If you’re coming into a Brazilian jiu-jitsu match within the U.Okay., you by no means know while you may face Hardy as a shock opponent.
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