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 AcademyFriday, March 6th, 2015 at 12:39pm
Ground Control Baltimore students day class is cancelled today. Since Baltimore county schools are closed kid's class is cancelled as well.

As of right now we will reopen at 6pm this evening for Muay Thai class and open mat. Fighters will spar after that class. Please spread the word.
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, March 5th, 2015 at 7:22pm
Ground Control Baltimore students due to the weather we are canceling classes for this evening. Roads are pretty bad especially side streets. Be safe and stay off of them unless necessary.
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, March 5th, 2015 at 2:18pm
As of right now kid's class is cancelled for tonight. Rick is going to be in for day class if anyone can make it. I will wait until this afternoon to decide on closing this evening. Stay safe everyone.
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 2:26pm
Parents do not forget new schedule for kids starts this week. There is a beginner kid's class tonight from 5-6 pm. Please spread the word to all parents.
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 10:02pm
Due to the weather and conversations I am having with some of our instructors about the roads classes are canceled tonight. Not worth the risk of anyone getting injured. Please make sure you already the word!!!
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