Tom Hardy has opened up about what motivated him to compete in the first place, only days after he won a Jiu-Jitsu competition in secret. When the 45-year-old Oscar-nominated actor showed up at the competition on Saturday as a skilled blue belt in the self-defense discipline, he startled a gathering of martial artists in England.

The “The Revenant” star disclosed he competed in the competition as a member of the worldwide NGO REORG on Instagram on Wednesday after his victory.

Both addiction and mental health are challenging and complicated topics, according to Hardy. “Subjects that are very dear to my heart and highly personal to me.”

“It is an honor to be able to represent the charity and my team REORG and the excellent job they do support the mental health and well-being of veterans, active duty personnel, and first responders via the therapeutic advantages of Jiu Jitsu and fitness training,” he continued.

Tom Hardy speaks out after surprise Jiu-Jitsu win, reveals why he entered

Actor of “Venom,” he claimed that playing sports gave him “a stronger understanding of inner resilience.”

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For him, “simple training has been profoundly crucial to further develop a deeper sense of inner resilience, tranquilly, and well-being” (as a hobby and a secret love). The significance and impact it has had on my life and the lives of my teammates cannot be overstated.

In order to avoid using his theatrical name, which is also his middle name, Hardy joined the competition using his real name, “Edward,” according to The Guardian.

Tom Hardy speaks out after surprise Jiu-Jitsu win, reveals why he entered

Hardy has been honest about his former battle with substance misuse, particularly the difficult period in his life when he was dependent on alcohol and narcotics back in 2002.

Hardy won two medals during a jiu-jitsu fundraiser last month for REORG. In order to be in shape for his 2011 movie “Warrior,” Hardy enrolled in the group’s demanding training regimen.

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