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, May 25th, 2017 at 1:59pm
This is exactly what this Ground Comtrol kid's program is all about!! Great job James Binky Jones, Anthony Hynes and Kathleen Hynes!! Your passion to mentor and teach the children is what makes our program special.
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Ground Control AcademySunday, May 14th, 2017 at 2:53pm
Happy Mother's Day to all of the Moms out there from Ground Control!! Be safe and enjoy your day!!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, April 6th, 2017 at 5:20pm
Only 15-20 seats left in section 110. Those tix are discounted from 78 to 56. 1st section off the floor and center of the cage. Great seats!!

You will have to go to Exile Fitness (next door to Ground Control) between 2-8pm in order to buy them. Hurry up or you will miss the best Shogun Card to date!!

Or you can get them online
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 6:41pm
Ground Control will be open for ADULT CLASSES ONLY tonight.

Since we follow Baltimore County school closing schedule for the kid's class...kid's class is canceled tonight.

Thanks and please spread the word.
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 12:06am
Fight night at Jimmy's Seafood. All Ground Control members get in FREE!! Great card this Saturday!! Get your friends and enjoy great food and drinks while watching UFC 209.
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