Ground Control Kansas City is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school and fitness center offering a beginner-friendly approach in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, self defense and modern day Mixed Martial Arts. As a branch of Ground Control Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, we strive to mimic the quality instruction and curriculum of Renzo Gracie Black Belt John Rallo. With an exciting approach to fitness, and a fun, friendly atmosphere to learn and train in, our instructors are sure you will enjoy both your time and results at our facility.

Now a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, GCKC Head Instructor Jonathan Oliver starting training in martial arts at the age of 11. Over the course of 16 years, he has trained at various levels in the arts of Taekwondo, Kempo, Capoiera, Boxing, Muay Thai Kick boxing, modern MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It was in 2003 that Jonathan began training in MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo Gracie black belt John Rallo at Ground Control Academy Baltimore. Originally, Jonathan wanted to further his previous Kickboxing/Grappling experience by training in MMA and BJJ to reach his goal of fighting professionally, but for the last few years, his interest in MMA has been that of hobby and fitness. Now certified to teach under John Rallo, he has spent the last year primarily training and teaching BJJ while starting Ground Control Kansas City. Jonathan hopes to give the students at Ground Control a positive atmosphere, goal-oriented fitness and BJJ programs, solid curriculum and exposure to knowledgeable and professional fighters and trainers.

Ground Control Kansas City is now located in the lower-level of Our Lady Of Peace Activity Center in Kansas City, Missouri.


  • ryan says:

    this gym is def the best i have ever been to . down to earth trainers and their technical knowledge of the sport is amazing. i would def recommend this gym to anyone who wanted to increase their knowledge of the sport.

  • wes says:

    Great place to build a foundation in BJJ. Very humble and welcoming coach and students.

  • ray says:

    ground control is the best i have only been there a week but have learned more in that week then i did in months at another gym.

  • James says:

    Great place to learn Jiu jitsu and selfdefense, on occasion Jonathan has other trainers come through the gym and teach a class so you learn alot of varried stuff. Realy nice people, alot of fun. Also it\’s very personal, after Jonanthan teaches you something new you\’re never left hanging if you didn\’t understand it. He goes around and checks to make sure everyone is doing it right and understands what they are doing. Awesome teacher.

  • Tim L. says:

    I’ve been a member of Ground Control KC for nearly a year now and would have to say I’m really impressed with all of the instructors. I like the way everything is presented in a group, then individually critiqued and corrected, so I actually have a chance to learn!!! Jonathan (owner/lead instructor) is an awesome guy and I really like the attitude that he sets at the gym. You will be surprised at how quick you will progress in a relatively short amount of time, with the program he has set forth!!

  • Andrew Williamson says:

    Where is this gym? I found the one in Grandview and it’s closed. Thanks Andy

  • droc says:

    Hi Andrew

    We found this message on their site:


    Please contact GCKC for their most current status. We will update their address once they have settled into a new location.

  • Eric Banks says:

    Im looking for a gym to train at can you contact me @816-XXX-XXXX thanks Eric

  • droc says:

    Hi Eric

    If you are looking for a place to train, you should contact the gym you are interested in DIRECTLY from the information provided. Thanks.

  • gckc says:

    Just a reminder, our new address is 10526 Grandview Road, Kansas City, Missouri. Visit our website for more info.

  • Wes says:

    Ground control is a wonderful club to hone your skills and learn new techniques. Jon is a very patient and approachable instructor. The atmosphere of the club is extremely conducive to learning and just having a good time.
    Wes Blanscet

  • Thom says:

    Unfortunately, this amazing gym is closed down.

  • jason says:

    Ok well im originally from San Jose California, and my brother traineds at one of the best gyms in the world its called aka american kickboxing academy where mike swick and kane v. And josh k. Train at. Im looking for a gym like aka but here in kcmo since i moved here to i want to be well rounded in mix martial arts and eventually fight in the cage when im ready. If anyone cant give me info on what gym is great and the cost id be real thankful. Jason b.

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