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 Academy with Scott Viscomi.Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 1:33pm
Wednesday night Muay Thai class putting in work. Come get in shape while learning how to defend yourself. Try us for a week for free!
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, January 16th, 2017 at 2:48pm
See you tonight at 7pm for gi class!! Come check us out for a week at no charge!! #groundcontrol #groundcontrolbjj #renzograciebjj
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Ground Control AcademyMonday, January 9th, 2017 at 2:53pm
Please make sure you vote for Travis Pastrana to be able to perform at the Naval Academy stadium. The neighborhood association is against this because of noise?? But they don't mind the noise of the blue angels?? Nothing against the blue angels but we all know the noise they create is much worse.

Travis is an amazing performer and is an Annapolis born Marylander!! Please vote yes for him and share this with all your friends!!
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, January 5th, 2017 at 9:56pm
We are open tonight for adult classes!! Kid's classes are cancelled.
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Ground Control AcademySunday, January 1st, 2017 at 5:45pm
Happy New Year to all of you and your families! Enjoy the time you spend with friends and family today. #happynewyear #groundcontrol
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