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!


Are you ready to change your life with 7 days of FREE training?



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 AcademyMonday, September 12th, 2016 at 4:59pm
Shogun Fights XV coming to Royal Farms Arena Oct 15. Door are at 6 and show starts at 7. We have 14 fights right now so this is going to start on time!!! Rob Watley vs Cole Presley for the 155 strap. We are super excited about this fight. Jon Delbrugge is defending his 170 belt as well. We have fan favorites Micah Terrill, Mike Otwell, Greg Fischer, Rob Sullivan, Binky Jones, Tucker Lutz, Angelo DePasquale, Jesse Stirn, Kevin Chung and Maik Ferrante.

Also the return of Big Ryan McGowan!!!
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Ground Control AcademySunday, September 11th, 2016 at 4:43am
Andrew Johnson victorious tonight. Finished his opponent in the 3rd with an RNC. Congrats Andrew!!
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, September 5th, 2016 at 2:26pm
Happy Labor Day!! There will be no classes today at Ground Control. Enjoy your time off with your family and friends. Classes will resume on Tuesday. Please spread the word.
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 12:09pm
Come and get your roll on!! This is Monday night gi class. Try us free for a week. #groundcontrol #groundcontrolbjj #renzograciebjj
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Ground Control AcademySaturday, August 20th, 2016 at 2:00pm
Don't forget Jimmy' seafood is your fight headquarters!! UFC 202 tonight. This card is sick!! Cowboy vs. Rick Story, Rumble Johnson vs. Glover Texiera and Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor. It doesn't get much better than that. Free admission to anyone wearing a Harley Davidson Baltimore, Ground Comtrol or Shogun Fights shirt!! Watch great fights while munching on some of the best food and drinks in the area. And yes they put the sound on for the fights!!
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