On Saturday, April 30th Ground Control (by the way, cool name guys) of Columbia, MD featured a seminar conducted by Dorian Price, a renowned Muay Thai trainer and native of Baltimore, MD. Price is a fight veteran who has lived and competed in Thailand and has fought at the heralded Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok.
As a competitor in season six of the Ultimate Fighter in 2007, Price also has UFC experience as part of his resume. Today though he is a trainer who has a respectable list of UFC fighters he has helped over the years. You can find more information on Dorian Price here.
Ground Control opened its doors in Columbia, MD in 2014 and features a full array of combat sports training and classes including MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and Boxing. But what I found appealing about the place is that its not just a studio or gym. It's a one-stop fitness facility that provides weight training and cardio equipment on top of 4,000 square feet of mat space. I know first hand the headache of having to travel to different locations for different aspects of a workout during the week and it seems like Ground Control has solved that problem.
Rocky Marcantoni, Owner and General Manager holds a black belt in BJJ under Renzo Gracie and John Rallo and has been an instructor for 15 years. Rocky describes the environment as welcoming and supportive. "We don't look to tie people to long term-contracts when they join here. We want to welcome people who want to come here to increase their fitness or learn something new, not figure out a way to take their money."
Ground Control features several trainers who have competed or actively compete in MMA, Muay Thai and Kick Boxing tournaments. Also, besides the facility in Columbia, they also have sister locations in Baltimore and Owings Mills, MD. For more information about Ground Control go to www.columbia.groundcontrolusa.com.
About the Author:
Darryl Keeton is an avid striking, grappling and wrestling fan living in Upper Marlboro, MD. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo and is also a practitioner of Combat Jujutsu, Boxing and Muay Thai.