ADCC Champ and MMA legend Tom DeBlass returns to Hero Academy
Traincation in Paradise!
Hero Academy is a non-profit academy in beautiful Tamarindo, Costa Rica. We are dedicated to providing martial arts training to the local community free of charge. Tamarindo is a legendary surf and vacation destination featured in the classic surf movie ‘Endless Summer’. Your days will be filled with 2-3 hours of top notch training a day and plenty of time to enjoy the tropical paradise. Surfing, zip lining, volcanic hot springs and many other activities are at your fingertips. Go explore the backroads on an ATV or sit by the pool or beach. We organize some group meals and activities but everything is completely optional. Do as much or as little as you’d like.
Accommodations available for an additional cost
Accommodations are available in nicely appointed condos with a great location for an additional cost. Only a 10 minute walk to the beach, 5 minutes to the center of town and 1 minute to the gym. Private bedrooms with washer / dryers in unit and wifi (limited shared rooms available).
There will be one 2 hour training sessions each day plus plenty of open mat time.
What’s not included?
Your flight and any activities you choose to do.
What’s a typical day of camp like?
Each person and camp is a little different but imagine this – 7:30AM Roll out of bed in your private bedroom and walk a couple doors down in the complex to breakfast. Eat a chef prepared meal with all your new friends and talk about what you did last night. 9AM Walk across the street to the gym and get 1.5-2 hours of training in 11AM Shower up and do what you please: Eat lunch with the group, Lay at the pool, Surf, ATV, Fish or just lounge around. 5PM Meet up at the beach and watch the sunset 7:30PM After the temp has cooled down a bit meet back up for the second session at night. 9PM Shower up and head into town to grab a snack or drink.
Can I bring a spouse / kids?
Absolutely! We have rates available for non-training guests as well. Bring the family and enjoy all Costa Rica has to offer
What can I do for activities and what is the cost?
Tamarindo has everything you can imagine and we can set you up with the best guides in town. Just ask Ron and he can set you up. Most activities are about $80-$100. ATV secluded beaches and Costa Rica’s back roads – Surf legendary Tamarindo beach as seen in the Endless Summer or bucket list spots like Witch’s Rock and Ollie’s Point – Enjoy a Catamaran Cruise, snorkel on a private beach and enjoy a legendary sunset from the water – Gallop horseback along scenic crystal clear Playa Conchal – White water raft down the class III and IV rapids on Rio Tenorio- Spearfish at secret beach and stay to enjoy the bioluminescence – Visit breathtaking Rio Celeste and take in the turquoise blue waterfall – Enjoy the immensity of Lake Arenal and Volcano – Repel waterfalls and walk hanging bridges in picturesque Monteverde – Private tours of local beaches – Sunday Funday Pool and Beach crawl. Enjoy local hotspots and scenic establishments outside of Tamarindo – Zipline through the tropical forest of Guanacaste on a canopy tour – Stand up paddle board or kayak in beautiful Tamarindo Bay to the adjoining uninhabited island – Skydive over the lush mountains before landing on Tamarindo Beach – Get a bird’s eye view while soaring over Costa Rica in a Helicopter of gyrocopter.
Can I workout on my own?
For sure! There is a full gym at the condo complex and if you want to roll a little more we can arrange mat time for you.
Can I schedule a private with the instructor?
Yes, we encourage you to utilize the opportunity to train with top talent. We can arrange that for you for an additional cost.
How can I do more to support Hero?
We need your support! Volunteer while you are in town and donate to our cause. Buy some swag! We have T-shirts, We need your support! Volunteer while you are in town or buy some swag! We have T-shirts, rashguards, water bottles, patches, hats etc. You can also sponsor a kid or donate to the cause. Donate some Gi’s or rashguards, buy snacks for kids. Buy us a van to pick the kids up. Pay our rent for a month. Possibilities are endless. Ask Ron or Rome what you can do.
I’m brand new to martial arts, can I join?
Absolutely! Our instructors have taught all levels of experience from first day to black belts.
How much does it cost?
Base Price $350. We have housing available as well. Contact Ron for info or click on Hero Housing. To pay for the camp you can pay to firstname.lastname@example.org through PayPal or Zelle.
Are group discounts available?
Yes, contact Ron for information and details.
How many spots are available?
Each camp is different but they are all small camp experiences from 10-40 people. Ron can answer specifically for each camp.
How do I pay?
Click the register now button and submit your information. Ron will contact you with payment information. You can pay with a credit card, paypal or venmo.
What should I wear?
Good question! Most camps are No Gi but some are mixed. Ask Ron about yours. Bring rash guards, spats, Gi’s, board shorts and protective equipment (mouthpiece, knee guards etc.). Remember there are washer/dryers in the condos for you as well.
Will I have time for activities?
Yes! This is your vacation and we schedule the sessions to allow for activities every day. In addition, we offer special nightly rates to extend your vacation on the front or back end if you’d like some extra time to enjoy Costa Rica on your own or discover another area of the country.
What if I can’t make it for the whole time?
Not a problem! We typically build in a day on the front and back for arrival and departure. This is your vacation, do with it what you please.
Where am I staying?
Leora Pacifico Tamarindo is a great complex with workout room, beautiful pools, BBQ area and sundeck. Just a 10 minute walk to the beach, 5 minutes to town where there are plenty of bar and restaurant options and 2 minutes to the gym. Check out the Airbnb reviews and pictures here.
I have another question?
Hmmm… thought that was everything. Kidding! Contact Ron at email@example.com or click the register now button and I will be happy to help out!
Can I extend my trip?
For sure! Tamarindo is an amazing place. If you want a few extra days before or after to lounge on the beach or go explore the nearby volcanoes and rain forest we encourage you. Send Ron a message and he can give you some options.