Tom Hardy surprises onlookers as he secretly enters a martial arts championship

Hollywood star Tom Hardy surprises crowds as he enters a martial arts championship at a school in Milton Keynes and takes home gold

  • Tom Hardy surprised crowds when he took part in a martial arts championship and proved he is an action star in real-life as he took home the gold 
  • The Venom actor, 45, showed off his strength as he took part in the UMAC Milton Keynes BJJ Open 2022, held at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes on Saturday
  • He had secretly arranged to take part in the fight at a local school sports hall, where he went on to floor all his opponents 
  • Sean Rosborough, who sponsored the event, said the organisers knew the global mega-star would be coming to the championship a few weeks earlier 
  • Do you know the name of Tom’s opponent? Email [email protected] 

Tom Hardy surprised onlookers when he took part in a martial arts championship and proved he is just as much of an action star in real-life as he took home the gold.

The Venom actor, 45, showed off his strength as he took part in the UMAC Milton Keynes BJJ Open 2022, held at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes on Saturday.

He had secretly arranged to take part in the fight at a local school sports hall, where he went on to floor all his opponents.

Shock: Tom Hardy surprised onlookers when he took part in a martial arts championship and proved he is just as much of an action star in real-life as he took home the gold

Shock: Tom Hardy surprised onlookers when he took part in a martial arts championship and proved he is just as much of an action star in real-life as he took home the gold

Crowds couldn’t believe their eyes when the Hollywood star stepped out in a blue jiu jitsu gi, which gave a flash of his toned physique and intricate tattoos.

Tom looked action ready and showed off his jiu jutsu skills as he floored his opponents and amazingly fought his way to the final.

The fighter, who holds a high-level blue belt in the ground-fighting combat sport, made short work of the competition as he won gold with an impressive arm bar.

He was seen posing with his gold medal and certificate, which featured his full name Edward Hardy, but he more commonly goes by his middle name Thomas.

Winner: The Venom actor, 45, showed off his strength as he took part in the UMAC Milton Keynes BJJ Open 2022, held at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes on Saturday

Winner: The Venom actor, 45, showed off his strength as he took part in the UMAC Milton Keynes BJJ Open 2022, held at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes on Saturday

Surprise arrival: He had secretly arranged to take part in the fight at a local school sports hall, where he went on to floor all his opponents

Surprise arrival: He had secretly arranged to take part in the fight at a local school sports hall, where he went on to floor all his opponents

According to an event description of the UMAC BJJ open, it was open to all ‘BJJ belt levels in adult, juvenile and kids divisions’.

Sean Rosborough, who sponsored the event, said the organisers knew the global mega-star would be coming to the championship a few weeks earlier.

But he said they kept the actor’s appearance ‘to themselves’ to stop masses of people ‘distracting’ him from taking part in the competition.

Sean, 37, said Tom was ‘brilliant’ with fans who approached him for photographs while adding that the mums in the audience were ‘all over him’.

Shocked: Crowds couldn't believe their eyes when the Hollywood star stepped out in a blue jiu jitsu gi, which gave a flash of his toned physique as he wore his top partly opened

Shocked: Crowds couldn’t believe their eyes when the Hollywood star stepped out in a blue jiu jitsu gi, which gave a flash of his toned physique as he wore his top partly opened

Incredible: Tom looked action ready and showed off his jiu jutsu skills as he floored his opponents and amazingly fought his way to the final

Fighting ready: He was seen showing off his fighting moves

Incredible: Tom looked action ready and showed off his jiu jutsu skills as he floored his opponents and amazingly fought his way to the final

Victory: The fighter, who holds a high-level blue belt in the ground-fighting combat sport, made short work of the competition as he won gold with an impressive arm bar

Victory: The fighter, who holds a high-level blue belt in the ground-fighting combat sport, made short work of the competition as he won gold with an impressive arm bar

He said: ‘We found out he was coming probably a couple of weeks before.

‘But the organisers kept it to themselves – and didn’t want masses of people turning up distracting him from what he was doing.

‘He was brilliant. A lot of people were asking for photos, and coming up to him, and he had no problem with that all. The mums were all over him. It didn’t bother him.

‘And when he was fighting, he was focused on what he was doing. He’s amazing at Jiu-Jitsu.’

Planning: Sean Rosborough, who sponsored the event, said the organisers knew the global mega-star would be coming to the championship a few weeks earlier

Planning: Sean Rosborough, who sponsored the event, said the organisers knew the global mega-star would be coming to the championship a few weeks earlier

Secretive: But he said they kept the actor's appearance 'to themselves' to stop masses of people 'distracting' him from taking part in the competition

Secretive: But he said they kept the actor’s appearance ‘to themselves’ to stop masses of people ‘distracting’ him from taking part in the competition

Speaking of Tom’s appearance at the event, one of his opponents – who was not named – told MKCitizen that he recognised Tom straight away, saying he was ‘shell-shocked’ by the star’s surprise appearance. 

He said: 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 reportedly got into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he trained for the film Warrior, where he played the part of a former boxer who trains to be an MMA fighter.

Kind: Sean, 37, said Tom was 'brilliant' with fans who approached him for photographs while adding that the mums in the audience were 'all over him'

Kind: Sean, 37, said Tom was ‘brilliant’ with fans who approached him for photographs while adding that the mums in the audience were ‘all over him’

Moves: Tom was seen showing off his action star moves as he beat his opponents

Strength: Tom did not shy away by putting on his best performance

Moves: Tom was seen showing off his action star moves as he beat his opponents 

Those who take part in the hundred-year-old sport grapple with their opponents on a floor mat in order to achieve ‘non-violent’ submissions.

Sean, who watched each of Hardy’s fights, said the actor won rapid victories in all of them in order to be crowned champion of his section.

He said: ‘I saw his matches, and he had submissions in them all – and they were really quick.

‘He did really, really well. He’s not the highest grade, but you could see he had turned up to win, and he was impressive in every fight.’

Sean said he had tried not to bother the star too much, adding that he felt the actor had a ‘good time’ at the local event.

Overjoyed: After one fight, Tom flashed a huge grin as he was declared as the champion

Overjoyed: After one fight, Tom flashed a huge grin as he was declared as the champion 

Victorious: Tom looked serious as he was declared the winner of his fight during the competition

Victorious: Tom looked serious as he was declared the winner of his fight during the competition

He said: ‘We tried not to bother him too much. We didn’t pap him to bits. We just tried to keep it as normal as possible for him. I think he had a good time.’

Last month, the Max Mad star caused a similar stir when he turned up at the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, which raised money for military personnel dealing with mental and physical health issues. 

Tom most recently starred as Alfie Solomons in the final season of hit series Peaky Blinders.

And he is expected to soon reprise his role as Eddie Brock for a third instalment of the superhero movie Venom, which is currently in pre-production.

Podium: Tom was seen posing with his gold medal and certificate, which featured his full name Edward Hardy, but he more commonly goes by his middle name Thomas

Podium: Tom was seen posing with his gold medal and certificate, which featured his full name Edward Hardy, but he more commonly goes by his middle name Thomas

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