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 Academy with Anthony Hynes and James Binky Jones.Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 1:36pm
Congrats Bryce, Alex and Malachi on your stripes!!! Keep up the great work guys! We are proud of you!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, April 21st, 2016 at 12:02am
Logan Raynor taking home a cool G!! He won the Ground Control 50/50. Congrats Logan!! Look out for Nasty Nate!!
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, April 15th, 2016 at 7:44pm
Shogun Fights fans. Please read this and plan accordingly. We just got this today. It doesn't really affect traffic from 95 at all. But people coming from Lombard may want to use rt 40 or Fayette St instead. Thx
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, April 15th, 2016 at 11:52am
You never know who you will see at Ground Control. Yesterday it was Max Holloway...the number 4 featherweight in the world! He will also be at Shogun Fights this Saturday night.
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Ground Control Academy with John Rallo.Friday, April 15th, 2016 at 4:26am
Tomorrow morning I will be on with my long time friend Marty Bass. I have known him since I was a kid working at Gold's gym on Seminary avenue. He still looks out for me today. Thanks for supporting me and Shogun Fights Marty!
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