An often underutilized strike during situations of hand-to-hand combat is a backhand— also known as a spinning backfist. Depending on discipline, the strike has different names and variations as far as the method of technique and hand positioning are concerned.
It is often thought to be risky and does not always yield the desired result, as it requires a high level of skill and experience to administer without leaving oneself exposed to a counterattack. The strike can be utilized alone in some instances, but is usually better thrown at the end of a combination as it is less telegraphed when performed this way.
When utilized with accuracy and competence, the strike not only comes with the element of surprise, but can also generate some serious torque and concussive force— the quick and explosive knockout seen in this video may serve as a reminder.
What Is The UnderGround?
Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez begins his greatest work with a description of beginning. “At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”
The UnderGround was founded when mixed martial arts was so recent that many things lacked names, including the sport itself. Kirik Jenness had written the first book on MMA, the 600 page “Fighter’s Notebook.” But there was no known market for it, so the Internet seemed the only possible source. They grabbed some urls for $200 each (there was no GoDaddy yet) and the best sounding one was SubmissionFighting.com. They partnered with an early, early news site called FightingTalk, and the founder of that site suggested calling it “The UnderGround.”
That was in 1998.
Eventually too many people showed up looking for weird things, so they switched to another url they had acquired – mixedmartialarts.com. Then the UFC switched to UFC.tv, so they switched to MMA.tv. Then when the name mixed martial arts became official, they eventually moved their site for the hardcore fanbase back to mixedmartialarts.com.