Tom Hardy Surprise enters martial arts competition and wins gold

Tom Hardy Surprise enters martial arts competition and wins gold

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Tom Hardy channeled a little bit of Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises” and a lot of Tommy Conlon from “Warrior” when he entered a surprise martial arts tournament this weekend. As reported by the guardHarder was a surprise entrant at the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in Milton Keynes, England. The actor entered the competition under his real name, Edward Hardy, and won the gold prize.

“Everyone recognized him, but he was very humble and gladly took the time for people to have their picture taken with him,” an event spokesperson told The Guardian. “It was a real pleasure to have him at our event.”

Hardy took on martial arts veteran Danny Appleby in the semifinals of the tournament. Appleby called Hardy a “”really really nice guy”

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“I was shocked,” Appleby said of Hardy’s unannounced appearance at the event. “[Hardy] said, ‘Just forget it’s me and do what you normally would.’”

Appleby continued: ‘He’s a really strong guy… You wouldn’t think so if he’s a celebrity. I’ve done about six tournaments and in every tournament I’ve been on the podium. But he’s probably the toughest competitor I’ve had – he definitely lived up to his Bane character, that’s for sure.”

Hardy’s win at Milton Keynes wasn’t his only martial arts win of the year. As the guard notes: “In August, the actor won the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, a fundraising tournament for military personnel, veterans and aid workers. Hardy is a trustee for REORG, a charity that teaches jiu-jitsu to people with serious injuries, or who suffer from PTSD and depression.”

The next step for Hardy in the acting world is a third “Venom” movie, for which he is currently developing the story with screenwriter Kelly Marcel. Hardy also stars in “Havoc”, an upcoming Netflix action movie from “The Raid” director Gareth Evans.

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