John Rallo’s Ground Control

Owner’s Name: John Rallo

Location: Baltimore, MD

Style/Discipline: BJJ, MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling

How did you choose your school name?

It is exactly what Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu does…allows you to control the ground fighting exchanges.

How long have you been in business?

18 years.

Who or what inspires you?

Trying to provide my students with the best facility and instruction possible. That is why we have made the investment we have made in the school. From the design to equipment, to software, etc we want to make the Ground Control experience one people will come back for again and again.

What is something special or unique about your school and/or students?

We are the only school in the DMV where the lead instructor has a direct lineage to Renzo Gracie. Renzo personally gave me all of my belt promotions from blue through black.

What made you choose FUJI Mats for your facility?

FUJI has done all of the top academies including Renzo’s NYC Head Quarter Gym. His referral was all I needed.

What is the most rewarding part about working in the martial arts field?

Seeing someone with no experience achieve their goals and become empowered.

If you could give one piece of advice to other martial art school owners what would it be?

Invest in the school and your students. They will pay you back with their hard work and loyalty.