Tom Hardy has made a surprise appearance in the martial arts tournament




CNN

Tom Hardy’s resume is full of intense scenes, from taking on Batman as Bane to playing host to the alien symbiote Venom and playing the titular role in the post-apocalyptic film “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Now, the blockbuster star can add martial arts champion to his list of action-packed accolades.

The 45-year-old English actor won gold on Saturday at the UMAC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in 2022 after calmly entering the competition, organizers told CNN.

While the audience and other contestants were stunned when Hardy appeared in the school hall in Milton Keynes, England, organizers said he was “keeping his word”.

Mohamed Itoumaine, a referee and spokesman for the tournament’s organizer, the Ultimate Martial Arts Championships, told CNN on Wednesday that Hardy had agreed to compete after his small appearance at the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championships last month. Itoumaine was the referee at the previous tournament in Wolverhampton.

“I was very excited and amazed because at the tournament he told me ‘I’m coming to you next’ and he kept his word,” Itoumain said. “It’s very difficult to get a famous person to come to a local competition, because their schedules are so full.”

Itoumaine said UMAC kept the Hollywood star’s attendance hush-hush in order not to add any pressure to Hardy before the competition.

And when Hardy arrived, he made sure to deliver. Itoumain said Hardy dominated his division and qualified in stages before taking home the top prize.

They show images posted on social media A Hardy winner with a certificate made out under his real name “Edward Hardy”.

“[Hardy] he is a blue belt. I have more than 10 years of experience as a referee and from the first time I saw him compete in the REORG tournament, I knew he would crush my competition,” said Itoumain.

“It takes dedication and hard work to get to that level. He is technically, physically and mentally skilled. He is someone who wants to win in the best possible way, which is to subdue and press his opponent.’

Itoumaine, a second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, said he plans to compete more next year and hopes to enter the star in more tournaments.

CNN has reached out to Hardy’s representatives for comment.