Tom Hardy reveals why he competed in Brazil’s jiu-jitsu competition


Tom Hardy has spoken about the impact jiu-jitsu has had on his life following his 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship victory.

The Peaky Blinders star reportedly “secretly arranged” to participate in the game at Oakgrove School in Milton Keys on Saturday (Sept. 17).

Event sponsor Sean Rosborough told the Daily mail that the organizers were aware of Hardy’s participation in advance but decided to keep it a secret because they didn’t want “crowds of people showing up [and] distract him” from the competition.

During the last round, venom star faced Andy Leatherland, a 42-year-old sales manager and a jiu-jitsu blue belt, just like Hardy.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday (September 21), the 45-year-old actor revealed that he entered the championship as part of the global non-profit organization REORG.

“Addiction is difficult and complicated to navigate; just like mental health,” Hardy wrote in his post. “Subjects that are both deeply personal to me and very close to my heart.

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“It is an honor to represent the charity and my team REORG and the amazing work they are doing to support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans, military personnel and first responders through the therapeutic benefits of Jiu Jitsu and fitness training. .”

The venom star also talked about the benefits of jiu-jitsu and what it means to him.

“Simple training has been fundamental for me (as a hobby and private love) to further develop a deeper sense of inner resilience, calmness and well-being,” he said. “I cannot emphasize the importance it has had and the impact on my life and my teammates.

Hardy is a recovered drug addict and has previously spoken about how his addiction to alcohol and drugs spiraled out of control around 2002.

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“I was an embarrassing suburban stat. I was told very clearly, ‘You go down that road, Tom, you’re not coming back. That is it. Everything you need to know,’” he told Yahoo in an interview from 2015. “That message stuck with me for the rest of my days.

“I’m damn lucky to be here.”

In his Instagram post, Hardy highlighted all the ways REORG helps people cope with their addiction.

“Their work has changed and saved lives around the world by not only providing an effective, positive means for navigating and managing the challenging psychological aspects of military and emergency response careers, but also empowering many with a renewed sense of purpose, identity, and community that is often lost in the transition to civilian life,” the actor wrote.

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Last month, Hardy won two medals in a charity jiu-jitsu competition for REORG in Wolverhampton. He started training with the organization to prepare for his 2011 film warrior and has a blue belt.

If you or someone you know has an alcohol addiction you can call the national Drinkline national alcohol helpline on 0300 123 1110 or visit the NHS website in confidence here for information about the programs available to you.

If you or someone you know suffers from drug addiction, you can seek confidential help and support from Frank 24-7, by calling 0300 123 6600, text 82111, to send an email or visit their website here.

In the US, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can be reached at 1-800-662-HELP.


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