We had the good fortune of connecting with Ricardo Bayona and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ricardo, what advice would you give to someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds?
Everything in life is temporary, the good and the bad. When confronted with the bad, take a deep breath and try to get perspective on the situation, design a plan, put it into action and be consistent, this too shall pass.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I always knew I wanted to run my own business, I did not feel any real interest in any particular field of study, so I went to business school. I remember running to the gym in between classes and dreaming about learning Jiu-Jitsu from a credited source, it was the late nineties and I was in Bogota, Colombia where there was no Jiu-Jitsu at the time, so I decided that after I graduated I would move to Los Angeles, California to learn Jiu-Jitsu from the family that invented it, the Gracie family. I got my degree and left to LA, spent the next 10 years training and eventually teaching Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in Beverly Hills, this was until seven years ago when I decided to open my own gym in the beautiful little island of Key Biscayne, Florida. Miloki Flow in Key Biscayne is a beautiful little spot where we train Jiu-Jitsu and have fun with friends and family. It is also an opportunity for me to have my own place to train and make sure that I keep doing what I love daily.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Friend coming to Miami… That is a tough one, so many options… But a Thursday would look like this: 1. Brunch at Pura Vida, the one in South Beach. 2. Long-boarding thru Lincoln road and then go to the beach. 3. At night we would go to a Soiree dinner-party, there are a few good ones here in Miami, Marion in Brickell and Kiki on the river are good options.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank the Gracie family. Rorion Gracie and his sons Ryron and Rener took me in as if I was one of them; taught me Jiu-Jitsu on and off the mats. My life was transformed by their influence and I am forever grateful. Ricardo Bayona