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About Us


Jose & Corena Fernandez

AKA Coach Jose & Coach Nina

Pura Vida!

We are Jose and Nina Fernandez, a dynamic husband-wife duo and the passionate owners of Black Lotus Muay Thai Gym in sunny South Florida. :)

Our Journey:

For the past five years, we've been hosting transformative retreats in the heart of Costa Rica. Our journey began with a shared dream of creating a sanctuary where individuals from all walks of life could come together to train, grow, and connect amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Costa Rica. With Jose's native Costa Rican heritage and Nina's passion to helping others through health and wellness, we've crafted an experience that transcends traditional retreats, bringing a family-like and holistic approach to well-being that nourishes the body, mind, and soul. #PuraVida


As parents ourselves, family is at the heart of everything we do. With two young children, we understand the importance of creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. We offer retreat options designed to cater to families, couples, and individuals alike, offering activities and experiences that resonate with every member of the family. From kid-friendly training to shared meals and adventures, we believe in fostering connections and creating lasting memories that transcend generations.


We're passionate about fostering connections and collaborations within the martial arts and fitness community. We actively collaborate with fellow martial artists to feature their expertise and perspectives in our retreats, offering our guests a diverse and enriching training experience. Additionally, we offer services and support to those interested in hosting their own retreats by leveraging the connections and resources we've established over the years. Whether you're a martial arts school looking to bring your own group or a fitness enthusiast seeking to organize a retreat, we're here to facilitate the process and help you bring your vision to life. 

Our Mission:

Our mission is simple – to bring together a community of individuals who share our passion for martial arts, fitness, and the Pura Vida life. We invite you to join us on this journey of exploration, growth, and well-being. Join us as we continue to spread the spirit of Pura Vida – the pure life – to every corner of the globe. From our family to yours, we can't wait to welcome you into our community and share the magic of Costa Rica with you. 

Come train, explore, and thrive with Pura Vida Muay Thai – where the beauty of Costa Rica meets the beauty of martial arts!

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