MMA Pioneer John Rallo’s Ground Control Academy is Perfect for First Time Beginners & Professional Fighters!


  • Learn Self Defense
  • Learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Striking from the Pros
  • Tone UP
  • Train Like A Fighter
  • Relieve Stress


John Rallo is the main architect behind bringing mixed martial arts to Maryland. He is a Renzo Gracie Black belt, and received his black belt directly from Renzo himself. He started Ground Control Academy to fill a void. Before Ground Control there were plenty of places to learn traditional martial arts but nowhere to learn authentic fighting skills from professional fighters and Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors. Ground Control fills that void and offers a friendly environment to learn real fighting skills and also get in killer shape. We encourage you to see for yourself and take advantage of our FREE TRIAL today!


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Ground Control Academy

Ground Control Academy is a well-rounded martial arts training facility where many diverse influences converge and overlap. Here, you can learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, authentic Muay-Thai, Judo, or Boxing & Wrestling from experienced masters. Owner and Renzo Gracie Black Belt / professional fighter John Rallo welcomes students of every skill level -- from children and beginners to advanced adults -- with a comprehensive schedule of classes and private instruction. As the only Renzo Gracie-certified jiu-jitsu school in Baltimore, we challenge you to learn highly effective martial skills in a safe environment, under the watchful eye of dedicated instructors. Check out our website for more information!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, November 19th, 2015 at 7:25am
Group picture at Ground Control Owings Mills for Mackin's promotion.
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Ground Control Academy with John Rallo.Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 5:07am
Promoted Ryan Mackin to Brown Belt today. The promotion is long overdue. Ryan has been a very important part of the Ground Control family. Owings Mills is thriving today because of him. He is a great student and a phenomenal coach. I am proud to have Ryan as a student, teammate and friend. Congrats brother!!!
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 12:36pm
Thank you to everyone who has served our country and protected our freedom. It is greatly appreciated.
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, November 9th, 2015 at 11:39pm
Congrats Sheila for winning the kid's 50/50 raffle!! Sheila won over $1100. Which means the kid's competition team also raised over $1100 for their traveling expenses and entry fees. Congrats Sheila and great job by the kid's and parents to sell over $2200 in raffle tix!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7:38pm
Parents there will be no 4 pm competition class for kids today or tomorrow. 5 pm class will be taught as usual. Please spread the word. Thx!
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