Tom Hardy BJJ: How Good is the Celebrity Jiu Jitsu Competitor?

Tom Hardy BJJ

Tom Hardy is currently a Blue Belt in BJJ, but we suspect he won’t be for long anymore after recently winning several Jiu Jitsu competitions. The celebrity has been training since 2011 when he prepared to play an MMA fighter in the movie The Warrior.

He has lately been taking training very seriously, visiting different BJJ schools and coaches like Heath Pedigo at Daisy Fresh and John Danaher at New Wave to get new insights and improve.

The actor is known for his appearances in countless Hollywood blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury Road and more recently Venom among many others. Throughout his career he has taken on many roles that require great physical condition and martial arts knowledge.

Check out Part 2 of our YouTube BJJ Celebrities Series which covers Tom Hardy’s complete Jiu Jitsu journey:

Tom Hardy BJJ FAQ

Everything you need to know about Tom Hardy’s Jiu Jitsu Journey:

Tom doesn’t only train Jiu Jitsu, he also competes in BJJ. Therefore, he is a battle-tested athlete and martial artist.

The actor started training BJJ in 2011 in preparation for the movie The Warrior in which he plays an MMA fighter. The movie includes countless fighting scenes that display BJJ techniques.

Since Tom started training BJJ in 2011 he was about 34 years old when he began his Jiu Jitsu training journey.

2023 is Tom’s 13th year of training BJJ. Therefore, he is an advanced BJJ athlete.

The actor has a long way to go to earn his Black Belt in BJJ as he is a Blue Belt today. To receive his Black Belt, he has to go through the ranks of Purple Belt and Brown Belt next.

Tom likes to get new insights by visiting different gyms and coaches. He has been training under big names like Heath Pedigo at Daisy Fresh and John Danaher at New Wave among others.

Tom Hardy entered several BJJ competitions in 2022 and managed to win 3 gold medals finishing all his fights via submission. He takes the sport seriously and is not afraid to test his skills or get injured.

Throughout his acting career Tom Hardy had to learn aspects of many martial arts to play his movie roles including BJJ, boxing, wrestling and Judo. Today he is a decent striker and great grappler with exceptional Jiu Jitsu skills

The celebrity definitely is a real martial artist. He is a competitive athlete and has proven his BJJ skills in competition. Training martial arts goes beyond movie preparation for Tom Hardy.

Tom Hardy’s Latest BJJ Competition Win

On March 26, 2023, Tom Hardy won another gold medal at the Allstars BJJ Europeans tournament in London.

Watch our analysis of Tom Hardy’s competition footage:

His coach @tomdeblass is super proud of him and stated on Instagram:

“Tom Hardy doesn’t need to prove a damn thing, yet not only is he training in his mid-forties, but the man is out there competing! He doesn’t ask for special treatment…”

Tom, humble as always, only replies with praise for his tough opponent.

Tom Hardy BJJ Competition Win March 2023
Tom Hardy winning the Allstar BJJ Europeans Competition in London

How Good is Tom Hardy at Jiu Jitsu?

In contrast to many other celebrity Jiu Jitsu practitioners, there’s no doubt that Tom is a great BJJ athlete. He proved his skill in competition which is the only true test of skill. In 2022 Tom Hardy won 3 gold medals at two events finishing all his 7 fights by submission!

Therefore, Tom does not only know the moves in theory but is able to apply them under pressure and pair them with athletic ability.

Check out Tom Hardy submitting his opponent in a Jiu Jitsu competition via Armbar and Straight Ankle Lock:

Another competition where Tom gets the finish through a lapel choke from the back:

Tom Hardy’s Preparation for Movie Roles

The actor played many tough movie characters over the years and was involved in countless fighting scenes. His understanding of movement and the ability to demonstrate offensive and defensive moves make his movie characters authentic.

The movie that made Tom Hardy start training BJJ in 2011 is The Warrior where he plays an MMA fighter. Obviously, an actor must have a deep understanding of different martial arts to deliver an authentic main character in a movie like that:


Tom Hardy is not only a great actor but also a great BJJ athlete. He is among the few celebrities that took the step of becoming competitive athletes. It is great to see him back up his tough movie characters in real life.

We are thrilled for more footage of Tom Hardy training and fighting and wish him good health, progression and fun in Jiu Jitsu.

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