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 AcademyThursday, February 26th, 2015 at 2:35pm
Ground Control Baltimore students due to the snow our no Gi day class and our kid's class are both cancelled today. I will post later if we are closed for the evening classes as well.

Stay warm and be safe!
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 12:19pm
Full house for fight team practice last night.
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, February 23rd, 2015 at 1:11am
My friend Gordon Lin sent me this classic footage. This is how it was when we competed back in the day. There were real rivalries at the local tournies. Matt Serra handling his biz.
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Ground Control Academy added 11 new photos.Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at 4:23am
Thanks to Daniel Gracie and everyone who braved the storm to turn out for a fantastic seminar! Daniel covered many Gi and no Gi techniques. He also spoke to the kids about the positive benefits of training jiu Jitsu and their roles as leaders of tomorrow. He said he can't wait to come back and do it again!
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Ground Control AcademySaturday, February 21st, 2015 at 1:49am
Rain, sleet, hail or snow the Daniel Gracie Seminar will go on!!! Daniel is coming to town this evening so he will already be in town. Barring any crazy situations we will be there 11-2 at Ground Control Pulaski hwy. 40 dollars just half daniel's normal rate. Hope to see you there!!!
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