Renowned actor Tom Hardy, known for his roles in “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Dunkirk,” has recently achieved his purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Hardy’s dedication to the martial art was evident as he quietly participated and excelled in several BJJ tournaments, securing gold medals in his respective age and weight categories.
The news of Tom Hardy’s purple belt promotion was shared by the actor himself on his Instagram stories. The image of the new belt was later reposted by Iron Belts, the manufacturer, who congratulated Hardy on his accomplishment. This achievement solidifies Hardy’s commitment and passion for BJJ.
At the 2022 REORG Open Jiu Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, Hardy showcased his skills against seasoned opponents. Danny Appleby, a veteran competitor, acknowledged Hardy’s proficiency in the sport and described him as one of the toughest opponents he had faced.
Appleby noted that Hardy’s Bane character from “The Dark Knight Rises” was truly reflected in his tenacity and skill on the mat.
Mohamed Itoumaine, a second-degree BJJ black belt who has both refereed and witnessed Hardy’s matches, attested to the actor’s legitimacy in the sport.
Mohamed Itoumaine told ESPN that, ‘he’s really legitimate. A lot of people think, “Oh, Tom Hardy – he’s just a superstar.” No, you get him on the mat and he’ll smash you.’
In addition to his pursuit of BJJ, Hardy serves as a trustee for the charity organization Reorg. This charity aims to support the physical and mental well-being of its beneficiaries through martial arts and functional fitness classes.
By actively participating in BJJ tournaments and aligning himself with Reorg, Hardy demonstrates his commitment to empowering others through martial arts and promoting their overall well-being.
Hardy has been a blue belt since since December of 2021. A while ago a social media user suggested a potential pay-per-view match between Mark Zuckerberg and Hardy.
Zuckerberg responded, acknowledging Hardy’s skills and suggesting a slight weight difference.