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 AcademyThursday, July 30th, 2015 at 2:21am
Congrats Luke and Maggie on your promotions today!!!
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 8:33am
Just a reminder!!! pre registration for battle at the beach ends on 8/1 and everyone must register there own kids please
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, July 27th, 2015 at 10:50am
Thank you Bernardo for an amazing seminar!! We were privileged to have you in our gym!!
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Ground Control Academy added 2 new photos.Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 10:48am
GC kids program enjoying a visit from the K-9 unit. We try to make our students better people...not just better martial artists. Thanks Lou Foppiano and friends for speaking with our students.
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, July 17th, 2015 at 12:10pm
Thursday night no Gi class...drilling knee bars. Come in and check us out for free!!
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