Tom Hardy Jiu-Jitsu: The Complete Story (In-Depth Breakdown)

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Tom Hardy is famous for his acting skills — but did you know he’s a legitimate purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

He’ll choke you out as Bane…and then on the mats with a rear-naked choke.

In this article, I’ve curated everything you want to know about Tom Hardy’s jiu-jitsu:

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Tom Hardy At A Jiu-Jitsu Competition Wearing A REORG BJJ Gi

Tom Hardy Background & Stats

Tom Hardy is an English actor, producer, and screenwriter. He’s famous for his roles in films like Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Warrior, and many more.

He’s also an avid BJJ practitioner who competes on the local scene.

And despite an estimated net worth of ~$60 million dollars, he attends normal BJJ classes just like the rest of us:

Here’s Tom Hardy’s background & stats relevant to jiu-jitsu:

Name Edward Thomas Hardy
Age 45 years
Date Of Birth September 15, 1977
Height 5’9″
Hometown London, England
BJJ Weight Class 82-85kg
BJJ Belt Purple
BJJ Coach Carlos Santos
BJJ Team/Association REORG
BJJ Competition Gold Medals 3

“He doesn’t ask for special treatment, and I’ve personally witnessed him say yes to every person that asks him to roll (which [in my opinion] we should be a bit more selective when rolling, as Tom is going in there just for some friendly rolls and some dudes may truly think they are rolling against Bane.”
-Tom Deblass

Tom Hardy’s Jiu-Jitsu History

“I love Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I just want to go and roll and get all sweaty in spandex. With everyone. It’s such a lovely sport.” – Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy first started training BJJ in 2011 when he was preparing for his role as Tommy Conlon in the film Warrior.

Tom suffered a broken toe, ribs, and finger while training for and filming Warrior. Despite that, he wanted to work through his injuries, and he took his first jiu-jitsu class. His first class was with his BJJ coach Carlos Santos. Tom’s been hooked since he first jumped on the mats.

“He will never stop doing jiu-jitsu anymore,” Santos told MMA Fighting. “Jiu-jitsu is in his blood, in his soul, in his heart.”

After getting into jiu-jitsu, he began taking private lessons for up to 3 hours a day.

Today, Tom Hardy continues to train BJJ around the world when he’s filming for his acting roles.

He’s trained with BJJ legends like Renzo Gracie, Roger Gracie, John Danaher, Tom Deblass, the Daisy Fresh team, and many more.

tom hardy with renzo gracie

Tom Hardy With Jiu-Jitsu Legend Renzo Gracie

When he’s on set, he’ll train with his stunt double who’s also a BJJ practitioner.

“I’ve rolled with his stunt double a couple of times, also a blue belt very tough. I believe they train together while on set so not surprised that Tom is legit.”u/jumbohumbo

Tom also competes in local BJJ competitions in the UK.

There was a rumor that he was going to fight Mario Lopez in a celebrity BJJ match in 2022, but the match never happened.

tom hardy with john danaher

John Danaher and Tom Hardy

On June 19th, 2023, Tom was promoted to purple belt by Tomasz Rydzewski (a Roger Gracie black belt).

“Simple training, for me (as a hobby and a private love) has been fundamentally key to further develop a deeper sense of inner resilience, calm and well being. I can’t stress the importance it has had and the impact on my life and my fellow team mates.”
Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy consistently speaks about the therapeutic benefits of jiu-jitsu.

He serves as the lead ambassador for the REORG Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Foundation, a charity dedicated to using fitness and BJJ to support the physical and mental well-being of veterans, military, and emergency services personnel.

“Practicing juijitsu and/or functional fitness can make a massive difference in so many different ways. It gives a healthy outlet for your energy and gets you training with a group of people like-minded who are focused on the same goal. This small step can be a life saver.” -REORG Charity

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Tom Hardy As A 2-stripe White Belt With His Jiu-Jitsu Coach Carlos Santos

Tom Hardy’s Jiu-Jitsu Tournament Performance

Rolling with Tom Hardy would be extremely painful…for you.

(Get the reference?)

Unlike many other celebrities who do BJJ (Joe Rogan, Jonah Hill, Ashton Kutcher, etc.), Tom Hardy actually competes in local BJJ tournaments.

He’s won several gold medals and has many submission finishes in his matches.

He competes in the masters division (41+ years) between the 82-85kg (180-187lbs) weight class.

Here’s a list of his placements at local jiu-jitsu competitions in the UK:

  • Gold Medal at the ReORG Open 2022 (August 2022)
  • Gold Medal at the Ultimate Martial Arts Championship (September 2022)
  • Gold Medal at the REORG Open 2023 (June 2023)

One of his BJJ tournament competitors Darren said this about Tom Hardy:

“He turns up at this comps like any other dude, no special treatment. I get anxious before matches so I can only imagine how he must feel with all those eyes on him. He could quite easily just train BJJ and not compete like many people do, but it just shows what type of guy he is”.

I’ve watched his tournament footage, and I’ve noticed he tends to go for high-percentage submissions:

“He’s actually quite an athlete — he’s in great shape. Strong and flexible.”
John Danaher

It’s awesome to see a celebrity BJJ practitioner who actually competes in tournaments instead of only taking private classes.

That’s why Tom Hardy gets so much respect from the BJJ community. And it’s a big reason why he’s helping to grow the sport.

Tom Hardy’s BJJ Gear

What BJJ gis and rash guards does Tom Hardy wear when he’s on the mats?

According to the photos I’ve found across the web, Tom sports many different BJJ brands.

Most of his gear is affiliated with REORG.

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Tom Hardy in a REORG BJJ Rash Guard

When he’s competing in the gi, he wears a blue REORG gi. He wears a custom purple belt created by Iron Belts.

When he’s training in no-gi, you can find him wearing REORG rash guards, Gracie Barra ranked rash guards, Tatami, Scramble, and Venum.

REORG regularly collabs with many of these BJJ brands. You find the BJJ gear that Tom Hardy wears on their website.

tom hardy REORG bjj gis


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does Tom Hardy Do Jiu-Jitsu?

Yes — not only does Tom Hardy participate in BJJ classes, but he enters and wins BJJ competitions as well.

Most celebrities who do jiu-jitsu tend to take private 1-on-1 classes with their instructor and don’t compete.

This makes Tom Hardy different (and some would argue, more legitimate) than other celebrities who do BJJ.

What Color Belt Is Tom Hardy In BJJ?

Tom Hardy is a purple belt in BJJ.

He was awarded his purple belt by Tomasz Rydzewski on June 19, 2023.

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Tom Hardy Wearing A Purple Gracie Barra Ranked Rash Guard

Tom has been training BJJ on and off for 12 years. According to the statistics, the average time spent as a purple belt is 3 years, 2 months, and 23 days. (BJJ Belt Checker)

After that, Tom will be awarded his brown belt — one belt away from the prestigious BJJ black belt.

Is Tom Hardy A Jiu Jitsu Champion?

Yes, Tom Hardy has won gold medals in the following BJJ competitions:

  • Gold Medal at the ReORG Open 2022 (August 2022)
  • Gold Medal at the Ultimate Martial Arts Championship (September 2022)
  • Gold Medal at the REORG Open 2023 (June 2023)

Takeaway Thoughts & Discussion

So there you have it — everything I’ve found about Tom Hardy’s jiu-jitsu.

What’s your take on Tom Hardy’s jiu-jitsu? If you’ve had the chance to roll with him, what was it like?

Was there any info I missed or that you would like to know? 

Leave a comment below with your questions and comments.

And if you want to become a real-life badass like Tom Hardy, take your first jiu-jitsu class.

Happy rolling.🤙

tsavo neal

Tsavo Neal

Tsavo is the founder of BJJ Equipment, an assistant BJJ instructor at InFighting, and a BJJ purple belt. He's a passionate hobbyist and BJJ gear/equipment aficionado. He launched BJJ Equipment in 2022 to make it easy for grapplers to find the best BJJ gear so they look, feel, and perform at their best on the mats.

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