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?



Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 2:53am
Ground Control has been working with 14 West on a corporate wellness program for their employees. A combination of learning technique while improving cardiovascular fitness. So far the program has been a home run. We hope to continue our relationship with 14 West well into the future. Thanks for choosing Ground Control to assist with your corporate wellness needs.
Monday, January 8th, 2018 at 2:30pm
Baltimore County Schools are closing 3 hours early due to the cold. Since we follow Balto County for closings, kids bjj classes are cancelled tonight as well. Please share and spread the word. Thanks.
Monday, December 25th, 2017 at 3:08pm
Merry Christmas to everyone! Enjoy your time with friends and family. Have a safe and happy holiday!!
Friday, December 15th, 2017 at 8:30pm
All classes are canceled tonight at Ground Control due to the poor condition of the roads. Please stay warm and safe and we will re open in the morning unless this persists thru the evening.
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at 7:13pm
Despite the snow we will still be having the Christmas Party tonight!! Starts at 6 and ends at 10. Hope to see you there.