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

Learn world class martial arts skills at Ground Control Academy - a well-rounded training facility - where many diverse influences converge and overlap. Here, you can learn from experienced masters in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, authentic / Dutch Style-Muay-Thai, Japanese Judo, or Western Boxing & Wrestling. Immerse yourself in decades of competition experience and expertise at this distinguished Baltimore martial arts school, coached by Renzo Gracie Black-Belt and professional fighter John Rallo. As the only Gracie-certified Baltimore jiu-jitsu school, Ground Control Academy challenges you to learn highly effective martial skills in a safe environment, under the watchful eye of dedicated instructors.
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, October 31st, 2014 at 3:54pm
Friday day class! Happy Halloween!!
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, October 31st, 2014 at 2:25pm
School is closed this evening for Halloween. If you want to do open mat you can open up with the key in the lockbox. Thx and have a safe holiday!
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 6:47pm
Hey everyone I need your help!!!

The Baltimore Sun apparently forgot that I have a school in Harford County, and left us off the “Best of Harford County” Martial Arts School choices. Do me a favor when you have a minute and go to the link below and vote for us under the Martial Arts School category. Just type in Ground Control Bel Air in the “Other” box, and then go all the way to the bottom and click Vote. Thanks everybody!
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Ground Control AcademySunday, October 26th, 2014 at 12:53am
Great turnout for Rob Scheier today. It was great to see all of our teammates at our Owings Mills location learning some great techniques and competing in the in house tournament after the seminar.
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Ground Control Academy added 6 photos.Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 7:25pm
Thanks to Rob Scheier for coming to Ground Control Owings Mills and giving an unbelievable seminar. Rob and I came up thru the ranks together and I can tell you he is one of the most technical and creative black belts I know. Thanks again brother!!
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