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

Learn world class martial arts skills at Ground Control Academy - a well-rounded training facility - where many diverse influences converge and overlap. Here, you can learn from experienced masters in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, authentic / Dutch Style-Muay-Thai, Japanese Judo, or Western Boxing & Wrestling. Immerse yourself in decades of competition experience and expertise at this distinguished Baltimore martial arts school, coached by Renzo Gracie Black-Belt and professional fighter John Rallo. As the only Gracie-certified Baltimore jiu-jitsu school, Ground Control Academy challenges you to learn highly effective martial skills in a safe environment, under the watchful eye of dedicated instructors.
Ground Control Academy
Ground Control AcademyFriday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:29am
This Saturday October 25 We are having a seminar featuring Ricardo Almeida's first black belt Rob Scheier at our Owings Mills Academy. After the seminar we will hold an in house tournament for students from all 4 Ground Control Gyms. Because of this Ground Control Baltimore will be closed on Saturday. So if you want to train...get out to Owings Mills!!!
2   View on Facebook
Ground Control Academy
Ground Control AcademyFriday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:20am
Our kids program is going strong. Bring your child in to become a part of the GC family!!
4   View on Facebook
Ground Control Academy
Ground Control AcademyFriday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:15am
Congrats on your promotions!! Keep up the good work Kaylie, Brooklyn, Thomas and Eric!!
9   View on Facebook
Ground Control Academy
Ground Control AcademyTuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 10:30pm
Promotions today for some of our kids. Great job everyone!!! Keep working hard on the mats and with your school work.
9   View on Facebook
Ground Control Academy
Ground Control AcademyMonday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:54pm
Everyone please take a moment to click the link below and donate. James Poleto was a student of ours who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. His Mom asked if I would pass this on to my FB friends. Please give if you can regardless of the amount. Every little bit helps. Thx.
9 1   View on Facebook