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, May 21st, 2016 at 3:17pm
GC kids are in Virginia today at the Jr. Grappling league Tournie. They are ready for battle!!
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Ground Control Academy added 3 new photos — with Sall Yero and Carl Kus.Sunday, May 15th, 2016 at 12:09pm
There is a new Operation Octagon 155lb champion. Winner by head kick KO at 2:15 in rd 1... Sall Yero!! Congrats brother!!!
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Ground Control Academy with John Rallo.Friday, May 13th, 2016 at 11:18am
Don't forget!!! Pawject Runway Tonight 6pm at Royal Farms Arena!!! We will be raising money for BARCS animal shelter. This was taken this morning at BARCS. The Ravens' Lawrence Guy, WJZ's Ron Matz and myself doing an interview to promote the event. Get your tickets at ticketmaster or
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Ground Control AcademySunday, May 8th, 2016 at 2:15pm
To all the Moms out there...Happy Mother's Day!! Be safe and enjoy your day!!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, May 5th, 2016 at 9:48pm
Ground Control Kid's Saturday morning class time changes this Saturday. Class is now 9-10am. It is no longer starts at 10am. Please share this!!
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