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Celebrity Stunt or Genuine Effort: Venom 3 Star Tom Hardy Wins Elite Martial Arts Tournament, Becomes High Level Blue Belt Combat Expert

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Action movies with a lot of hand-to-hand fighting are spectacularly cool and quite the treat. But how many of the actors who perform these action sequences, scene after scene, are able to fight like that in real life? Well, Tom Hardy is part of the bunch who are an exception when it comes to actually knowing how to fight.

Hardy’s performance as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises is impressive, and the fight scenes with him in it are breathtaking. It’s also pretty safe to say that all those fights in the movie, and from his other movies, aren’t something that he just learned on the spot just to show it off in a movie.

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Hardy as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

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Tom Hardy’s Newest Accomplishment, A Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Tom Hardy has appeared in numerous movies where his role is that of a fighter, including the Charles Bronson biographical drama Bronson, as well as the sports action movie Warrior.

His filmography shows us that he gets cast, although not all the time, as the tough guy in the movie. And that tough guy connotation also translates pretty well into real life for him.

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Hardy in Bronson

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The 45-year-old actor recently participated in the UMAC (Ultimate Martial Arts Championships) Milton Keynes Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open that took place at the Oakgrove Sports Hall in the city of Milton Keynes in the UK.

This wasn’t merely him just competing, the Bane actor also won first place in his division This puts him further up the BJJ rank ladder with a prestigious Blue Belt (2nd highest rank after Black Belt).

It’s best to remind everyone who would try and mess with Hardy in real life, just don’t, because he’ll kick your a** just like he did to Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.

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This Isn’t The First Time That Tom Hardy’s Done This

Tom Hardy’s gotten the prestigious blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to his name, but this isn’t the first time that he’s taken part in competitions like these.

The Legend star made an unannounced appearance at the charity REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship event last month in Wolverhampton, which was held to raise funds for military personnel and first responders who suffer from mental and physical issues.

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Hardy at the event in Wolverhampton

You can bet that his appearance there was also nothing short of spectacular because Hardy won every one of his matches through submission and secured himself a gold medal!

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One of his opponents, who is unnamed, was starstruck at the sight of Hardy’s appearance. The opponent told MK Citizen-

“I was waiting match-side for the semi-final when Tom showed up. I didn’t know he was going to be there. And they expected me to remain composed… I recognised him straight away. Everyone knows who Tom Hardy is, don’t they? I was shell-shocked. He said ‘just forget it’s me and do what you would normally do.’… He’s a really strong guy… You wouldn’t think it with him being a celebrity.”

Tom Hardy’s been building a name for himself outside Hollywood, and action movies in general. It’s great to see that the Venom star isn’t limiting himself only to the acting life, but is also able to hone his skills in another field as well.

Source: The Direct