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!
Ground Control Academy
Ground Control AcademyTuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 6:57pm
GI class circled up while being shown a new technique to drill. Come in and check out a free week of training. #groundcontrol #groundcontrolbjj #renzograciebjj #bmoremma
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 4:20pm
Next Saturday...Feb 20, 3 students will be fighting on an amateur show in Virginia called Cagezilla. It is a very good amateur event with a high level of competition. Andrew will be making his debut against Kevin Koljack from Beta academy. Bakari is matched up with Joe McMahon at 145. Then Kevin Fulmore will be fighting Gold Medal Grappling's Kyle Graham at 145 for the Cagezilla title. The show is a little over 1 hour away. We hope everyone can make it out to support. Good luck to all of our competitors.
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 4:08pm
Baltimore County Schools are closed today. Since we follow their schedule there will be no kids jiu Jitsu class tonight. Kids class will resume tomorrow weather permitting. Please spread the word.
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, February 5th, 2016 at 3:56pm
There will be no kids class tomorrow because our coaches will be at a tournament with the competition team. Announcements were made in class during the week but we wanted to send out a reminder to everyone. Please spread the word. Thanks!
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Ground Control Academy added 2 new photos.Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 12:39pm
Congrats to our kid's class stripe earners and students of the month!! Way to go everyone!!
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