Just days after sneaking in and winning a jiu-jitsu tournament over the weekend, Tom Hardy revealed what made him participate in the first place.
The 45-year-old Oscar-nominated actor shocked a group of martial artists in England on Saturday when he became a blue belt in the self-defense discipline.
Taking to Instagram following his win on Wednesday, “The Revenant” star revealed that he was participating in the championship as part of the global non-profit organization REORG.
“Addiction is a difficult and complex thing to explore; like mental health,” Hardy wrote. “Both subjects that are deeply personal to me and very close to my heart.”
He added: “It’s an honor to be able to represent the charity and my team REORG and the great work they do supporting mental health and veterans, military and first responders through the therapeutic benefits of jiu jitsu.” and fitness training”.
The “Venom” actor says the sport has helped him develop a “greater sense of inner resilience.”
“Light training has become a fundamental key for me (as a hobby and personal passion) to further develop a deep inner sense of calmness, serenity and well-being,” he explains. “I can’t overemphasize the importance and impact he has had on my life and my teammates.”
According to The Guardian, Hardy went by his real name “Edward” away from his stage name, which is his middle name.
Hardy in 2010.
Last month, Hardy won two medals at a fundraising jiu-jitsu tournament for REORG.
Hardy in 2010. He underwent a grueling training program with the company in order to prepare for his 2011 film “Warrior”.