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 AcademyMonday, October 17th, 2016 at 3:19pm
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, October 13th, 2016 at 3:35pm
Front rows sold out but we just got back 10 2nd row VIP tix. They include dinner and open bar 2 hours before. Please message John Rallo if you are interested.
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Ground Control AcademyWednesday, October 12th, 2016 at 10:00pm
Hey everyone fighters are starting to turn back tickets. I have 8 front row seats for Shogun Fights this Saturday night. They come with dinner and open bar for 2 hours before the show. If you are interested please message me...and please spread the word.
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Ground Control AcademyThursday, October 6th, 2016 at 12:54pm

PLEASE READ BELOW...yes this is real it is not spam. Please share with friends you know are looking for a career.

Anyone looking for work please read the flyer below. VIA services is one of Shogun Fights great sponsors. This is an amazing company that offers people career opportunities. My friend owns the company and treats his people very well. Check them out if you would like a stable career with competitive pay and a serious benefit package.

No experience necessary! They pay you while you train!

-You can make $18-36/hr depending on experience

-Get a company truck, gas card, and company phone

-Paid vacations and holidays

-Health insurance and 401k

-Performance bonuses paid

-Special programs for active military and vets

-Steady regardless of the economy

-To apply please email Amy at

let them know Shogun Fights sent you.

-Or click the link below and select employment from the menu
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Ground Control Academy added 3 new photos.Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 12:44pm
Promoting the upcoming Shogun event with Rob Long, Ed Norris and Ravens HOF left tackle Jonathan Ogden. We also were promoting Jonathan's foundation which helps raise money for youth in our city.
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