Just days after secretly attending and winning a jiu-jitsu competition over the weekend, Tom Hardy revealed why he entered in the first place.
The Oscar-nominated 45-year-old actor has shocked a group of British martial artists. participated in Saturday’s competition As a skilled blue belt in self-defense.
take to Instagram On Wednesday following his victory, the “Revenant” star revealed that he was participating in the championship as part of global non-profit organization REORG.
“Addiction is a difficult and complex thing to navigate. It’s more about mental health than anything else,” Hardy wrote. “It’s very personal to me and a subject very close to my heart.”
“I am honored to represent the charity and my team, REORG, and their excellent work in supporting the mental health and well-being of veterans, military personnel and first responders through the therapeutic benefits of jiu-jitsu. and fitness training.”
The “Venom” actor said the sport helped him develop a “deeper sense of inner resilience.”
“For me, simple training[as a hobby and a personal love]has been a fundamental key to furthering inner resilience, calmness and a sense of well-being,” he explained. I cannot stress the importance it has brought and the impact it has had on my life and my fellow teammates.”
according to GuardianHardy entered the contest under his real name, “Edward,” away from his stage name, which was also his middle name.
Hardy has opened up about her past struggles with substance abuse, including a difficult period in her life when she was dependent on alcohol and drugs in 2002.
Last month, Hardy won two medals at REORG’s fundraising jiu-jitsu competition.
Hardy began a rigorous training program at the organization to prepare for the 2011 film Warrior.