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 AcademyThursday, April 9th, 2015 at 8:55pm
Heading to Bethesda to film an interview for Sports Talk Live on Comcast SportsNet. The interview is supposed to air tomorrow evening. We will be discussing Shogun Fights XII. Which is Saturday April 18!!!
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 11:08pm
Gi class happening now!!! Why aren't you on the mats???
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, April 6th, 2015 at 10:18pm
Amani and Kayden getting some new stripes on their belts!!! Congrats guys!
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, April 6th, 2015 at 4:55pm
Ground control kids...classes are on despite spring break. So yes we have class this week per our regular for the children. Please spread the word.
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, April 3rd, 2015 at 12:12pm
Parents please don't forget there will be no kid's class tonight because of Good Friday. Be safe this weekend and have a Happy Easter!
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