Josh Hinger

Costa Rica Retreat

5 Day Retreat May 16 -20, 2024

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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Proceeds benefitting The HeroKids Program

$1499 Early Bird Single occupancy queen bed. Optional Add-on pricing on registration.

5 days/ 4 nights Private Accomodations

Optional organized activities

Bring a companion and make it a vacation

Daily laundry service for training gear

Sunset catamaran cruise included

Daily prepared breakfast

Amazing weather

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Small group training

Full concierge service

Give back to the community

Beautiful beaches



Spend the day lounging at the beach or pursuing the shops down the main drag. Tamarindo has something for everyone. Everything is just a short walk from your hotel.



Our boutique hotel partners Wyndham, La Leona, Arco Iris and Hotel Elixir await your arrival. A short walk to the beach or center of town makes this oasis the perfect getaway

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Hero Academy is a non-profit 501c3 that provides training to over 150 local kids free of charge in our beach town of Tamarindo. These retreats fund our non-profit program.

Meet Your Trainer

Josh Hinger

  • 1st Place IBJJF World Championship NoGi (2018/2017/2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals NoGi (2017**/2014**)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ 7 MW Grand Prix NoGi (2017)
  • 1st Place ADCC West Coast Trials (2019)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Seattle Open (2017/2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Austin Open (2017)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open (2017**/2016**)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Spring Open NoGi (2017*)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open (2016)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Chicago Summer Open NoGi (2016**)


Train in Paradise

We handle everything for you. Once you arrive at the airport, you can watch your stress drift away. You can do as much or as little as you please. Daily planned activities and meals are all optional. Tamarindo is a tropical paradise and surf mecca. Make connections that last a lifetime and leave you dreaming about your next trip down.

  • World class surf destination
  • Beautiful beaches and weather
  • Zipline, Skydive, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Sailing and more



  • 2:00PM - Check in at your hotel
  • 4:00PM - Sunset on the Beach at El Be Restaurant
  • 6:30-8:30PM - Meet and Greet at Hero Academy. First No Gi Session


  • 8:00AM - Breakfast poolside with your fellow retreat goers
  • 9:00AM-11:00AM - Gi Session at Hero Academy
  • 12:00PM - Optional Lunch - Falafel Bar
  • 7:30PM - Optional Welcome Dinner Fire Show and Live Music


  • 8:00AM - Breakfast poolside with your fellow retreat goers
  • 9:00AM-11:00AM - No Gi Session at Hero Academy
  • 12:00PM - Optional Lunch - Green Papaya
  • Optional Activity - Surf Lesson with Nacho
  • 4:00PM-6:00PM - Outdoor mountaintop session Gi


  • 8:00AM - Breakfast poolside with your fellow retreat goers
  • 9:00-11:00AM - Final No Gi session at Hero
  • 12:30PM - Adventure Day Waterfall hike


  • 8:00AM - Breakfast poolside with your fellow retreat goers
  • 9:00-10:30AM - No Gi open mat
  • 12:00PM - Check out of hotel and catch your shuttle
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Our hotel partners, La Leona, Wyndham and Hotel Elixir highly rated boutique properties in the heart of town on a quiet side street. Walk to the beach, gym, restaurants and all Tamarindo has to offer. Stay a few extra days at our reduced rates or hop in a car and visit the nearby rainforests and volcanos. Whatever your desire, we can help you make it happen.

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What Past Attendies Are Saying

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Reba Ann

3 Strip White Belt

'I've only been training for about a year but this retreat was perfect. Good mix of skill levels, great group of people and it was all just perfect'


Derek Bryan

Black Belt

'In my 10+ years of training, my trips to Hero Academy in Costa Rica are the highlights in this journey. Every trip I have had was incredible'

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Gabe Meyer

Purple Belt

'I'd recommend this trip to anyone that does Jiu Jitsu. The instruction is always top notch. I go to about 5 seminars a year and Hero is the best'

Frequently Asked Questions

Every camp and package is a little different. Check your individual camp landing page for more detailed information. We also have 'Training Only' options for each camp if you'd like to arrange your own lodging (We have recommended condos / houses here

We have a lot of upfront costs for these camps so last minute cancellations are difficult and costly for our charity. All retreats are non-refundable but is fully transferrable to another party for the same camp.

Sorry, no exceptions for injuries or personal circumstances. 

You fly into LIR Liberia Airport and take a shuttle to Tamarindo, 1 hour away. San Jose airport is over 5 hours away. Please keep in mind your airfare and airport shuttle are not included. If you must fly to San Jose, there are commuter flights to Tamarindo 

See schedule for your specific camp. You train direct with the trainer and groups are usually 30-50 people.

Of course. If you would like we can set up some extra time for you. Someone always wants to get some rolls in. 

Yes, this retreat is family-friendly. If you want to add your family, we are happy to work out some pricing for you. Just contact ron@herobjj.com and I will happily customize your accommodations and get you some pricing. Children (under 18) are not permitted in retreat sessions but can join in our kids classes. 

We highly encourage it. Costa Rica is an amazing country with so much to see and do. This is a short seminar so while we try to pack as much into the experience as possible, it’s best to add a few days before or after to your vacation if you want to see the sights. We are happy to help you plan your vacation. There are nearby Volcanos, Waterfalls and Rainforests that are easy to explore from town. PLEASE, for sake of the housing, if you come extra days plan them on one side of the camp. This helps you not having to move rooms as much. 

We do a lot of these camps and customize the schedule to give you ample time to experience Costa Rica and get in some adventure while you’re here. A few extra days on the front or back of your trip would make it more manageable if you want to have excursions. 

There will be maximum 50 people, most groups are around 30. You will have direct access to the instructors to ask questions. All the attendees will stay in the same hotel and you will share the common spaces. Your interaction level is up to you. As much or as little as you like. Everyone has breakfast together before training and there are excursions and outings planned every day. Everything is optional. There will be a WhatsApp group and people constantly communicate through that to see what everyone is doing. 

Everyone gets their own room unless you request otherwise. You can search Arco Iris Hotel, Wyndham Tamarindo, Hotel Elixir and Casa Leona to see they are highly rated boutique hotels. Beautiful amenities and prime location. Less than 10 minute walk to the beach, 2 minutes to the gym and 2 minutes to the center of town. They are hotel rooms, AC, refrigerators, wifi, and TV. Check out the hotel’s website for more info.

Yes! You will make new best friends on the first day. Many ‘new’ people come every year and are quickly welcomed into the family. Most people attending our retreats, return and attend multiple camps per year with different instructors. This experience is second to none. Most of our camps are made of about 70% returning clients.

Yes! We wash all of your training gear for you. You have to leave it at the gym after the session. We are unable to use special detergent and we must machine dry.

No. Everything in town is walking distance. There are 50+ bars and restaurants at your front door. The gym is 2 minutes away, the beach 10. If you want to explore nearby beaches or towns, we can help you rent a car. 

Tamarindo is a legendary Costa Rican beach perfect for beginner to intermediate surfing and swimming. The beach is lined with bars and restaurants. The town itself is a small but popular tourist destination. Sunset is an event here everyday. The entire town comes down to the beach to enjoy the end of the day. Popular Yoga/Fitness/Surfing destination, very active with options to do whatever you want on your vacation. It is very safe and anyone can walk around at night alone. 

We can set up anything you want to do. Check out volcanoes, mud baths, hot springs, waterfalls, zipline, horseback rides on the beach, spearfishing, surf lessons, deep-sea fishing, ATV, Catamaran sunset cruise and much more. 

There are options for every budget. If you want to eat for 20 bucks a day or have a nice steak dinner, all those options are available for you. Just talk to Ron and he will steer you in the right direction. All businesses accept US Dollars.

Hero Academy is a large bodega space in a quiet location on the backside of town. 3500 ft2 of Zebra and Dollumar mats with huge barn doors for an amazing cross breeze. 

We have been planning fitness retreats in Tamarindo since 2016 and do over 15-20 events per year. We are a non-profit 501c3 in the USA and Costa Rica that trains over 150 local kids free of charge. The retreats fund our kids program.

As of April 1, 2022, there are no longer Covid related requirements to enter or leave Costa Rica. No testing, insurance or forms. 

Super easy! Click any of the Register Now buttons on the page. If you have questions, email ron@herobjj.com

I'm happy to help. Shoot me a message ron@herobjj.com or WhatsApp +506 8710-5304.

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