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 AcademySaturday, June 27th, 2015 at 4:38am
We are sorry to inform you that the Ground Control Kid's car wash is canceled tomorrow (Saturday) due to the weather. It has been rescheduled for July 18. Please pass the word.
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, June 26th, 2015 at 10:04pm
Congrats to our students of the month!! Pizza John gift certificates are always a great reward!!!
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, June 23rd, 2015 at 9:24pm
Please join us for the Ground Control Kids Carwash this Saturday from 10am to 3pm. On the corner of Seminary Rd and York Rd. all proceeds go towards tournament fees and travel expenses for out kid's competition team.
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Ground Control Academy added 3 new photos.Monday, June 22nd, 2015 at 6:49pm
Since it is popular for people to bag on the police...I want to show that plenty of good policeman are on the force. Ground Control student and my friend Kevin Amy was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in the line of duty. He apprehended an armed assailant and helped another officer save the life of the victim who was shot by the assailant. Great Job officer Kevin Amy!!!! Myself and the entire Ground Control family are proud of you!!!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, June 18th, 2015 at 9:28pm
Ground Control family...Come join me tomorrow night at Royal Farms Arena for Pawject Runway. Friday June 19 from 6-10pm. All proceeds go to BARCS animal shelter. I am on the board of directors there and we need your support. Torrey Smith, Brandon Williams, Quadry Ismail, Gerrard Sheppard, Rashid Bailey of the Eagles. Dan Root , Dave Daniecki and myself are also "modeling". You can purchase tix using the discount code "ground" all lowercase to get tickets for $15 dollars! You can use this on ticketmaster or walking up to the box office. Hope to see you there!!
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