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!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, December 18th, 2014 at 4:13am
Gi class weds night...great group on the mats!! Anyone in need of a new gym come check us out for free!!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, December 18th, 2014 at 4:05am
Muay Thai class at Ground Control Baltimore!! Ratioender Melo running the class. Anyone looking for a gym please come check us out!
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Ground Control AcademySunday, December 14th, 2014 at 8:59pm
Great time at the Christmas Party and thank you to Valentino's Restaurant for the amazing food!!!

Congrats are also in order for all who were promoted last night!! Ratioender Melo, Dave Adams, Zwade Haynes, and John Robinson all received Purple belts. Brown Belts for tony Hynes and Todd Gledhill...then 2 Rick Desper and Dylan Macro each received their Black Belts from John Rallo...great night for the team!! #groundcontrol #renzograciebjj
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Ground Control Academy added 12 photos.Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 1:14pm
Kids playing games at the Christmas Party!! Everyone had a blast!!
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, December 12th, 2014 at 2:03pm
No classes tonight (Friday Dec 12) at Ground Control Baltimore because of kid's Christmas Party from 5-7pm. Games, Pizza from Pat's Pizzeria, cake and secret Santa for the kids.

Saturday Night from 7-10pm is our adult Christmas Party at the Pulaski location. Valentino's will be catering the party and there will be a few adult beverages. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
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