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 AcademyFriday, July 1st, 2016 at 3:01pm
Ground Control members there will be no kid's classes on Friday, Saturday or Monday due to the holiday weekend. Adult classes are cancelled on Monday as well because the gym will be closed all day Monday. Regular class schedule will resume on Tuesday July 5. Have a great holiday!!

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Ground Control AcademyThursday, June 30th, 2016 at 12:11pm
Throwback Thursday...WEC many moons ago!
TKO'ed an AKA fighter in round 1. East Coast vs West Coast show...and the East Coast Represented!! This was a great card. Kurt Pelligrino, Mac Danzig, Mike Swick, Jeremy Horn, Tony Fryklund, Jeff Curran were all on this card. You have to love my old school Bad Boy shorts. Lol
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 1:38pm
Advanced children's class on Tuesday. The kids are getting prepared for the Battle at the Beach. They will be doing some grappling and swimming in Wildwood NJ this August. #groundcontrol #groundcontrolkids #groundcontrolbjj #renzograciebjj #naga #battleatthebeach
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Ground Control AcademySunday, June 26th, 2016 at 12:05pm
Ratioender Melo wins last night with a 27 second KO. Great job Melo!!!
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Ground Control Academy with James Binky Jones.Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 8:55pm
Promotions, promotions, promotions!! Great job everyone. Keep working hard and never give up!!
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