why Hollywood’s hardest men are addicted to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


If there was any doubt in regards to the hardman credentials of Tom Hardy – who lent his strong body and trademark glower to the likes of Mad Max and Bane – Hardy turned up on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship on Saturday, held at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes, and received his part of the competition.

The 45-year-old actor is a high-level blue belt and competed below his actual title, Edward Hardy. He defeated gross sales supervisor Andy Leatherland by submission within the closing bout. “Lining up, he was very focused,” stated Leatherland about Hardy. “The intensity that he brought to his movie roles, he brought that. He didn’t say a word, he didn’t say anything.”

It’s not the primary time that Hardy has made a shock Jiu-Jitsu look. Last month he received on the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, elevating funds for navy personnel, veterans and emergency service staff. And he’s actually not the one star title to take up the grappling-based martial artwork. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu appears to have turn into the go-to martial artwork for the delicate hardmen of cinema – Keanu Reeves, Guy Ritchie, and Dave Bautista are identified Jiu-Jitsu lovers – in addition to barely extra unassuming varieties, together with Ashton Kutcher, Russell Brand, and Jonah Hill.

Actors doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is “definitely a thing”, in accordance to Elliot Ward from Apex Jiu-Jitsu in North London. Partly pushed by the explosion in reputation of combined martial arts, it’s little marvel it’s caught on in Hollywood. “The West Coast of the US is probably the capital of the world for Jiu-Jitsu now,” says Ward. “That’s where the best training is, where the best guys go – that’s where the Money is.” Ward suggests another excuse for its reputation – in Hollywood and past. “It’s very addictive,” he says.

The late chef and kitchen hellraiser, Anthony Bourdain, admitted to being a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu “addict”. Indeed, the comic, podcaster, and MMA commentator Joe Rogan – himself a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu – stated that Bourdain was “obsessed” with the game earlier than his loss of life.

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