Uriah Hall’s Spinning Back Kick

I saw Uriah Hall setting up this spinning back kick by swaying side-to-side. And then he executed and knocked out Adam Cella on the show The Ultimate Fighter. In hindsight, it is easy for us to see him setting it up, it is harder to be in Adam’s shoes. Not that he wore any. (And even if he had, they would have been knocked off by Uriah Heep Hall.) Do not go click-click-boom on the link if you are either squeamish or screamish. You will squeam.

5 thoughts on “Uriah Hall’s Spinning Back Kick

  1. There are far too many up and coming punk bully MMA ‘fighters’, who use their specialist acquired skills out of the ring; discipline appears to have become a by-word, which is a sad fact reflective of todays youth.
    I have witnessed the devastation of a spinning back kick (in the ring), and I know the person who used it, who to this day lives with a dreadful memory.
    Violence does not shock me, it has been a part of my life for so long that I can shut down and be oblivious to its surroundings. My choice is to avoid it where possible, though I will step forward and assist those who may be about to suffer at the hands of another.
    (Previous post; I empathise with NavyOne whose opponent had curry sweating out of his pores whilst training in Krav Maga. I suffered something similar through the same discipline, except it was the result of my opponents heavy usage of garlic bread. He could have knocked a fly off a bucket of dung from 30 feet away)!

    Quick dit…

    As a Marine I once visited my old work mates from the heavy engineering yard just before the place closed down, which inevitably led on to an afternoon-&-evening session in the local pub outside of the works gates!

    I was sat among some real old and bold iron fighters who had experienced the brutalities of war first hand. As the evening wore on it was a true experience to sit and listen to them, as they never spoke of the past when I was a young apprentice working alongside them. Perhaps the ‘amber nectar’ loosened the chains a little, or the fact that I was now a connection to part of their military past that helped; either way I sat in awe of them whilst they spun their ‘back then’ war stories.

    One chap in particular taught, nurtured and educated me through my apprentice journey, his name was Arthur Pease; a kindly man who spoke no ill of any one, and a man of very few words, (which makes learning a trite difficult at times when you are under instruction)

    It was quite late in the evening as we (several die hards) were stood swaying at the bar (men stand, ladies sit); when Arthur looked at me and said “do they still teach you how to kill with your thumbs” I looked into his beery-teary eyes and realised he was being serious!
    I replied “you mean, ‘as in go for the eyes’ and gouge them out”?
    He nodded; I asked if he had been taught that “yes, at Achnacarry”.
    (WW2 Commando Training camp in Scotland).

    After working with him for almost four years he never once mentioned he was an ex Bootneck, even when I confided in him that I had decided to leave the engineering yard to join the Royal Marines? The light in his eyes was slowly misting over, every one appeared to be going back into what ever memories they had. I lightened the mood by saying we were now taught to kill using a finger and thumb; “the thumb flicks off the safety and the finger is wrapped around a trigger; much more effective and you can take out twenty at a time before reloading”. This raised a cheer and the order of several ‘lucky ones’ (neat double shots of rum).

    I often wonder what Arthur and his ilk would think of todays warfare, in particular the way it has changed from ‘up close and very personal’ to ‘up close at times, but not so often’.

    Yours Aye.

    • Honestly, and it is never my choice to wrestle, I would prefer someone who reeked of garlic rather than curry. That said, I always look to stay away from the ground. Love the story on Arthur. . .

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