Video shows world famous tough guy actor Tom Hardy as he wins real-life martial arts contest in Milton Keynes

People attending a martial arts competition at an MK school couldn’t believe their eyes when actor Tom Hardy strolled in as a competitor this weekend.
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The actor, known for his hardman roles in Mad Max, The Dark Knight Rises as well as blockbuster hits like Venom, is a high-level Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu in real life.

He entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship, held at Oakgrove School in MK on Saturday.

And after expertly flooring his opponents, Hardy emerged as outright winner in his section.

Tom Hardy competing in Milton Keynes martial arts contestTom Hardy competing in Milton Keynes martial arts contest
Tom Hardy competing in Milton Keynes martial arts contest

The event was organised by Ultimate Martial Arts Championships.

And their spokesman could not speak highly enough of the world famous actor.

“Tom was a really nice guy,” the spokesman told The MK Citizen.

"Everyone recognised him but he was very humble and was happy to take time out for people to take photographs with him.

Tom Hardy was pleased to winTom Hardy was pleased to win
Tom Hardy was pleased to win

"It was a real pleasure to have him compete at our event.”

BJJ is a self-defence martial art and combat sport and involves on grappling, ground fighting and submission holds.

The aim is to take an opponent to the ground, control them and force them into submission using joint locks or chokeholds.

Last month 45-year-old Tom caused a similar stir when he turned up unannounced at the charity REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton to raise money for military personnel and first responders dealing with mental and physical issues.

Flooring his opponentFlooring his opponent
Flooring his opponent

Again he made short work of the competition and won gold with an impressive arm bar.

His opponent said: "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," he laughs.

"I recognised him straightaway. 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 is declared the winnerTom Hardy is declared the winner
Tom Hardy is declared the winner

Tom started to learn basic martial arts in 2011 while filming Warrior, in which he played a marine turned fighter. He has also trained in mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing.

A photographer who goes under the name of Taped_fingers on Instagram at was Saturday’s event in Milton Keynes to capture Tom in action.

You can see more of his images below.