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 AcademyTuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 9:32am
Heading to 98 Rock to talk about Shogun Fights!! We have 3 title fights on the Oct 24th show. 98 rock's own Justin Schlegel is our ring announcer and if that isn't enough the Charm City Devils' John Allen will be singing our National Anthem! If you are up please tune in and listen...we are on around 6:30am.
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Ground Control Academy added 2 new photos — with John Rallo.Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at 12:29pm
Renzo Gracie dropped in to see his Ground Control family last night. Always great to see you brother. Thanks for thinking of us while you were in Baltimore yesterday. One more reason why you shouldn't miss class!!
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, September 18th, 2015 at 5:22pm
There will be no tournament prep class from 4-5 today for the kids. Regular class is still on at 5 pm. Please spread the word. Thanks
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 12:29pm
Clark Gracie Seminar, Monday night October 5 from 7-9 PM. There will not be any class on Monday evening so everyone can attend the seminar. Cost is $40 for GC students 60 for non members. Great opportunity to train with a member of Jiu jitsu's 1st Family! Please share and see you there.
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 2:37pm
Due to Baltimore County schools closing early today Weds Sept 9, there will be NO kids classes tonight. Thanks and see you on Thursday at 5pm when regular classes resume.
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