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 AcademyTuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:30pm
Promotions today for some of our kids. Great job everyone!!! Keep working hard on the mats and with your school work.
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:54pm
Everyone please take a moment to click the link below and donate. James Poleto was a student of ours who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. His Mom asked if I would pass this on to my FB friends. Please give if you can regardless of the amount. Every little bit helps. Thx.
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Ground Control AcademySunday, October 12th, 2014 at 3:39am
Ground Control went 3-0 tonight. Ousmane Diallo was asked to go up a weight class at the weigh ins. He accepted the challenge and was rewarded with a 1 st round submission win.

Kevin Mma was next. He won a unanimous decision over a tough opponent.

Then Bakari Fisher entered the cage and closed out the show. At the weigh ins his opponent acted like a punk and almost caused a fight right there. But the two fighters were separated and they would wait to handle their business in the ring. Well one of them handled their business...Bakari viciously KOed his opponent with a counter overhand right in 19 seconds. We will get the video up soon as we get it.

Congrats to all 3 of our teammates !!!!!
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 1:10pm
Congrats Madison and Mason on getting your stripes!!
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, October 6th, 2014 at 11:50pm
Gi class going on now!
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