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 Academy added 4 photos.Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 12:08pm
Kids cooling down after Tuesday night class.
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Ground Control AcademySaturday, January 24th, 2015 at 10:42pm
Ground Control makes CBS list of top martial arts academies for children. We are flattered by the selection!! Bring your kids by and see for yourself. Try us for a week free.
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Ground Control AcademySaturday, January 24th, 2015 at 4:13am
Thursday night no gi class.
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, January 23rd, 2015 at 6:48pm
Parents we are sorry but kids class is cancelled tonight due to Baltimore county closing for all activities this evening. Since this is the policy we set we will keep it consistent to avoid confusion in the future. Thx

Adults are still going on as planned.
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 12:47am
Yes it snowed but Gi class still going on now!!
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