Back Mountain Grappling Academy

About Us

Our History

Opened in 2020, we aim to be the premier MMA and fighting gym in the area.

BFC Mixed Martial Arts, Back Mountain Jiu-Jitsu is located in Dallas, PA – in The Back Mountain! 

We have a passion for health, fitness, self-defense and aim to be a safe training gym where all are welcome and should be comfortable walking through our doors. Learn about the owner below.

We hope you’ll come train with us.

Perry, Owner

About Perry

Perry Coolbaugh opened BFC Mixed Martial Arts in the fall of 2020.  He is a Pennsylvania native with over 25 years of martial arts experience. Throughout his life, he has had extensive experience training and competing in; Folkstyle (D1 experience), Freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (brown belt under Tom DeBlass), Judo and Catch Wrestling/no gi submission grappling. Additionally, he also has years of training in; Tang Soo Do Karate (black belt), Muay Thai kickboxing, Dutch kickboxing and American boxing. While living in North Carolina, Perry became the head wrestling coach at American Top Team in Asheville and head Grappling coach/cornerman for pro MMA fighter Shonte “Shyne” Barnes (6-1-1). As a coach, Perry has helped blend his experience in these styles into effective fighting techniques both in the cage and for self-defense. With all of this experience, he brings a highly technical, yet fun loving approach to the sport and to his coaching.

Perry is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as an infantryman from 2004-2008 (honorably discharged), completing three foreign deployments as an infantry team leader and earning the rank of Corporal. After the Marines, Perry obtained a BA from The Ohio State University (2012) and his Juris Doctorate (JD) from Widener University Delaware Law School (2015).

*Tom DeBlass BJJ affiliate academy     

*USA Wrestling’s National    Coaches Education Program – Copper Level      

*SafeSport Trained  

*CPR & First Aid Certified


Our mission, at BFC Mixed Martial Arts, is to provide affordable access to quality Mixed Martial Arts training for all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.  Our mottos is: To improve everyday, on and off the mats.


Our vision is to provide a fun, positive training environment that is effective for all experience levels. Whether you’re a pro fighter or have never thrown a punch, BFC will help you grow as a fighter and as a person.