Tom Hardy had ‘mums all over him’ while winning jiu-jitsu gold in Milton Keynes

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Tom Hardy had "mums all over him" at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in Milton Keynes having stormed to victory after secretly signing up for the £45 tournament.

The Hollywood actor, best known for his roles in The Dark Knight Rises, Max Max and the Venom franchise, has twice showcased his jiu-jitsu expertise this year with his most recent triumph coming last weekend.

The Brit superstar entered a martial arts championship at Oakgrove School, which has a £45 sign up for adults, going on to win each of his matches to be handed the victor's gold certificate.

The 45-year-old had won the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton back in April and his skills shouldn't come as a surprise thanks to his blue-belt status and training sessions at Roger Gracie's affiliate schools.

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Sean Rosborough, who was at the event, said: "A lot of people were asking for photos. The mums were all over him. It didn't bother him."

A previous opponent of Hardy, veteran Danny Appleby, said after his first tournament victory: "I was shell-shocked. He said: 'Just forget it's me and do what you would normally do'."

Appleby added: "He is a really strong guy … You wouldn't think it with him being a celebrity.

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"I've done about six tournaments and I've been on the podium in every one. But he's probably the toughest competitor I've had – he certainly lived up to his Bane character, that’s for sure."

With Hardy bulking up for the role of Batman's foil Bane in the 2012 blockbuster, he also starred as an MMA contender opposite Joel Edgerton in the 2011 flick Warrior.

Hardy gained 28 pounds of muscle for the role with a demanding exercise routine – which included jiu-jitsu training.

He told The Guardian at the time: "I did two hours boxing a day, two hours muay thai, two hours jiu-jitsu followed by two hours choreography and two hours of weightlifting seven days a week for three months.

"So come on! You have to really want to do that, so it was a challenge."

Adding: "Ju jitsu is very Buddhist. All that we fear we hold close to ourselves to survive."


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