The British filmmaker has been a 'brown belt' for nine years, but was recently upgraded to 'black status', and his instructor made an appearance at the premiere's afterparty on Monday night (10Aug15) to present him with the symbolic strap.

Brazilian fighter Renzo Gracie, who has been training Ritchie, handed over the black belt and the director put it on to pose for a picture with his tutor.

The snap was posted on Ritchie's page with the caption, "I got my black belt in a unique ceremony. Thanks Renzo Gracie..."