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 AcademySaturday, May 23rd, 2015 at 6:15pm
Awesome seminar yesterday with Joseph Capizzi. Super technical guillotine workshop. Thank Joe and his brown belt John for coming down and sharing the knowledge!!
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Ground Control AcademyFriday, May 22nd, 2015 at 11:06am
No classes tonight due to Joe Capizzi seminar. Classes are also canceled for Monday evening due to the holiday. Kids class will resume next Tuesday night at 5pm.
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 11:39pm
Gi class working hard! Gotta love when the mats are full!
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Ground Control Academy with Dinesh RamloganTuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 11:37pm
No Gi class getting ready to do work!!
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Ground Control AcademyTuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 11:33pm
Renzo Gracie Black Belt Joe Capizzi is coming to Ground Control Baltimore Friday night May 22. The seminar will run from 6:30-9pm. All adults Competition kids are welcome. All Friday night classes are canceled so everyone can attend.

Joe has a DVD out breaking down every aspect of the guillotine and set ups. He will be holding a 2 hr seminar and the 30 minute Q&A session. Attendees will also receive a copy of Joe's DVD. Cost of the seminar is $40!! Keep in mind the DVD series is $40 to buy it on its own. So you are getting to pick Joe's brain and get his instruction basically for free!! You can't beat that deal. Joe is a guillotine wizard and fellow Renzo Gracie Black belt. Great way to kick off the holiday weekend.
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