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Choices are Pinnacle to Life

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Welcome to Warrior Meets Scholar, the premier Martial Arts School in St George, UT.  We specialize in the combat arts of striking, grappling and weapons training.

Our training programs include:

  • Muay Thai Kickboxing- The only Authentic Muay Thai program in St. George, UT​​

  • Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- IBJJF and USBJJF Certified Program

  • Hung Gar Kung Fu & East Asian Mixed Martial Arts

    • Specialization in Combat Knife Fighting and Hand Weapons

  • Kid's Muay Thai Kickboxing & Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

  • Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Courses

  • Firearms Training- Private Lessons

  • Private and Corporate Training- By appointment

***Members of any age and fitness level are welcome!  All training is adapted to your individual capability.  You just need to walk through the door!***

Training Services Offered

Life at Warrior Meets Scholar

The Warrior: The most difficult path one can walk. It is a life of unrelenting discipline, complete dedication to one's skillset, and an unbreakable moral code. There are not many who will choose this life of servitude.

The Scholar: One who also chooses a very difficult path to walk. It is a life of endless gains in knowledge while maintaining an objective view of the world. As one gains knowledge they must not be tainted by the manipulation of written words. An extremely difficult task.

Warrior meets Scholar: When these two meet they are an unstoppable force. They are able to answer the following: "Are you able to be both martial and spiritual? Can you overcome your greatest opponent?"


Our Clan


Ricardo "Vovo" Amaral

Professor- Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Ricardo “Vovô” Amaral was born in Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started Judo and Karate at 10 years old. He practiced surfing, windsurfing, swimming, and biking. He moved to California in 1992.

Ricardo “Vovô” Amaral started his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in 1994 at the Rickson Gracie Academy in West Los Angeles, California, in 1994. Later, he moved to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy owned by Rorion Gracie, training with Royce Gracie, in Torrance, Ca. It was then that he had the honor to roll with Master Helio Gracie (at the time, over 80 years of age).

Ricardo “Vovô” had to interrupt his training due to a cancer in the liver in 1997. After the treatment, and when confirmed he was in remission, Vovô started Mountain Biking, a sport he practices to this day.

In 2011, Ricardo “Vovô” felt he was ready to return to the sport he loved the most, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He joined Gracie Barra in Escondido, San Diego County, California and in 4 years, he received his Black Belt from Professor Magid Hage.  Professor Vovo is currently a registered IBJJF 2nd Degree Black Belt.

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Bethany Silva

Lead Coach- Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Coach Bethany Silva is a local to St George, UT having lived here her entire life.   Bethany began her martial arts journey at the age of 8 and has been teaching kids since she was 16 years old.  Her love for martial arts had her competing in multiple Jiu-Jitsu tournaments having several 1st place wins.


At the age of 23 she now finds herself as a certified IBJJF Purple Belt under the tutelage of IBJJF Certified Second Degree Black Belt Ricardo ‘Vovo’ Amaral.  Not only is she an exceptional Jiu-Jitsu practitioner but she also is a very talented striking artist recently adopting the Muay Thai fighting style from Head Instructor Marcus Corvino.


Bethany leads by example, demonstrating that BJJ is about technique, not size and strength.  Bethany will be bringing this example to our Kid’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program as the Lead Kid’s Jiu-Jitsu Coach.

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Danielle Kepics

Danielle is board certified Physician Assistant, PNL1 Nutrition Coach and former Mental Health Counselor.  She has a strong background in Softball, CrossFit, and Adventuring.

You can find her on your favorite podcasting app under "Strong + Unfiltered"

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100% Chiweenie, Piper also known as "Dobbs" is one of the school mascots.  She is the alpha dog in the room and is living proof that size means nothing.  She has a history of ruling the big dogs at the local dog park, recently asserting her dominance on a 170 St. Bernard/Great Dane mix.  The Huha Monster is strong with this one!

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Marcus Corvino

Owner/Head Instructor- Striking Arts & Weapons

Marcus holds an MBA in Executive Management with an undergraduate degree in International Business.  He spent 15 years of his career working in Oil & Gas Exploration and in the Development of Autonomous Driving Technology.

Marcus has been training in Muay Thai Kickboxing and Hung Gar Tiger Crane Style Kung Fu for over 15 years.  He holds a Black Sash Rank in Tiger Crane and has received in-depth specialized training in  Wing Chun, Pentjak Silat, Combat Knife Fighting and Chi Kung Energy Development.  Marcus has also trained in Bangkok, Thailand at the prestigious Eminent Air Gym, named 5 time gym of the year.

Other accolades in Marcus' resume include:

  • Certified Executive Protection Specialist

  • Certified UT Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor

  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor 

  • Experienced Tactical Rife Instructor

Adding further testament to Marcus' strength he is also a recent cancer survivor.  Having survived an extremely rare type of Appendix Cancer. 


Leo Maxwell III

Leo is our resident Border Collie.  He is a lover not a fighter and will never pass up a chance for a hug or a game of fetch.  Shiny objects will distract him and he enjoys spending most of his time staring at our cat Smallz.


Smallz Fu

Smallz is the real brains behind the operation.  She's loves getting a good nap and getting a long scritch scratch session.  Do not get between her and her macros!  You will regret your life decisions up to this point.


About Warrior Meets Scholar

Whether you’re a current student at Warrior Meets Scholar or visiting us for the first time, this section can provide helpful information for you. Take a look below and check back often for the latest updates.


Essential Tips for Beginners

February 2021

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March 2021


Thailand Training

May 2021