Ron Jarman

Volunteer / Retreat Coordinator / Head Coach

Ron started training BJJ in 2011 under Carlson Gracie Jr in Chicago. As a white belt and blue He competed regularly in local and national tournaments winning multiple medals in IBJJF, Naga, grappling Games and other organizations. What started out as a way to get back in shape for him quickly turned into something much more improving nearly every aspect of his life. He and his wife Holly moved to Tamarindo in 2017 and adopted a pup, Choco.

For him, coaching the kids has been an amazing experience passing on what he has learned to the next generation.

Ron Jarman
Holly Hetzel

Holly Hetzel

Volunteer / Head of Humanitarian Programs

Holly has a long history of Humanitarian work in the US and abroad. A board member of Rainbows Chicago chapter and also working closely with Journeys within our Communities providing clean water and scholorship programs in SE Asia, she brings her expertise to our HeroKids, TamaFeeds and FamilyFood projects. 

Jason Shireman

Volunteer / Head Kids Instructor

Jason has been doing martial arts most of his life and holds belts in multiple arts, with a very successful competitive background in Olympic wrestling. He is a purple belt and has been training BJJ for 3.5 years. Both of his daughters are national BJJ champs and both excel in martial arts. Jason finds it very rewarding giving back to a sport which has given him so much.

Jason Shireman
Martha Alvarez Mendez

Martha Alvarez Mendez

Manager

Martha is the heart of Hero Academy. Her daughter was the very first student we ever had. Her role is instrumental as a keystone into the local community. She runs the gym for us, leads our partnerships with area non-profits, governmental bodies and other organizations.

Ignacio ' Nacho' Pacheco Madrigal

Volunteer / Head Instructor HeroKids Program

Nacho has been an amazing addition to the team bridging the gap between Hero and the community with our terrible Spanish skills. He has been instrumental in the recent development of our HeroKids program. 

Ignacio Pacheco Madrigal
Rome Za

Rome Za

Founder / Instructor

Rome is a brown belt and has been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for since 2007. Rome, Lola and Jerad are the reason that Hero exists today. Rome continues to advise Hero Academy on curriculum and support us on our growth as an organization.  

Lola Dranker

Founder

Lola is instrumental in the humanitarian path that Hero has taken. After Hurricane Nate she took on the role to lead us in our role of a disaster relief agency. Without her leadership and guidance Hero would not be what it is today for the community. 

Lola Dranker

Jerad Ports

Founder / Volunteer / Instructor

Jerad is a brown belt and has been practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 15 years. His vision, time and dedication are instrumental in the development of this project from the beginning. 

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