While staying at Coco beach I asked about Tamarindo and I got the feeling it was kind of touristy town where people go to party, something that doesn’t really intrigue me for this trip. I decided to go there anyway because supposedly there were 3 or 4 BJJ clubs there.
When I arrived my thoughts were confirmed. There wasn’t much to do, the beach wasn’t very nice but lots of tourist and my hostel had lots of party kids who were on their last days of spring break. Thanks to Ron Jarman, who was a huge help, I managed to find 3 gyms in the area with morning, noon and evening classes! I would be able to train more then I could handle.
So I show up to the first class, no one is there. I go to the second class at another gym, the trainer was out of town. Finally the 3rd try of the day I show up to Tamarindo Fitness and there is a class of 5 people. I got right into it with them and got good rolls and drills, just happy I got to finally train. The next day I was gonna wake up early for a 7 o’clock class so I went early to sleep, of course the only person who wasn’t partying. At 5 o’clock I wake up to the rest of the room arriving from partying and thought to myself how differnet experience I was having from them.
So I show up at 7 in front of a gym called Hero Academy, my little nerd heart was exploding from happiness being able to train at a gym with that name. The trainer, Rome Za, shows up and the class starts. The training was really good, the atmosphere was so relaxed and good wipes. Afterwards we get talking about movement training, techniques and everything else which was off topic. In the end I realized I had met a really interesting person who is trying spread as much positivity in the world which I can’t help but respect from the bottom of my heart. Here is their website and Facebook for anybody who is interested in dropping by.
For the evening I decided to do one more class but ended up showing up to another gym with another no show. At the end I spent 3 days in Tamarindo lying around the hostel waiting for training which did not go as planned. It did however force me to embrace the Pura Vida lifestyle which I’m starting to get the hang of.