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, October 11th, 2017 at 2:06pm
Yesterday we were at Camden Yards training Oriole Hall of Famer Brady Anderson! He has the BJJ itch. And with how he obsesses over his training people better look out!! Thank you Josh Vorke for coming and assisting me. #groundcontrol #groundcontrolbjj #groundcontrolnogi #orioles #baltimoreorioles #bradyanderson
Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 1:14am
Any GC people that have a home number for Aidan or know his wife please call them and the Aidan one his phone was found. He left it in the locker room!!
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 11:12am
We want to welcome Vince Mosca to the Ground Comtrol family. Vince will we teaching Muay Thai on Saturday mornings from 10-11 am. We are pleased to add Vince's experience and skill set to the team. Here are some of his accomplishments.

17-6 Amateur Record.
IKF World Classic 2016 175lb Champion
IKF east Coast 172lb Kickboxing Champion
TCB 180lb Muay Thai Champion
WKA K1 North American 173lb tournament winner
REAL MMA 170lb champ and Barbarian Fight Club 185lb champ

Welcome aboard Vince!
Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 2:17pm
Tuesday night no gi class warming up for class. Currently working on defending back attacks. Come in and give us a try for free!! #groundcontrol #groundcontrolnogi #renzograciebjj #groundcontrolbjj
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 12:14pm
Yes...we have kid's classes!! If you would like your child to develop discipline and self confidence come in and check out our kid's program. Bring your child in and become part of the Ground Control family!!