This seminal work: FIGHTING JUDO (c. 1985) by Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki, the 1981 World Judo Champion, is a useful work in many ways - not only did it present sixty-four excellent black & white photographs of sophisticated entries into Ne-waza, but also contained insight into the life-long training of an elite Japanese Judo champion while sharing some of his profound Judo philosophy.
In some ways, the author's memoirs contained in FIGHTING JUDO are just as instructive as the Newaza photographs, as Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki related that "If you have no natural talent you can progress with Ne-waza and progress in Ne-waza is more reliable" (p. 10) and how the Japanese sensei's believed "It is absolutely crucial to have a firm foundation in the basics before moving on to more advanced techniques" (p.10) In this way the Japanese distinguished the 'strong' Judoka from the 'champion' (p. 142).
While merely doing routine Judo randori in Japan, the author noted "When I was a high school boy, I broke my right elbow twice and my left elbow once, as well as various fingers and toes ..." (p. 141) and how he was ashamed that he only took second place in the All Japan High School Judo Championships. As an adult, after winning the 1981 World Championships in Maastricht Holland, Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki was bedridden partially paralyzed with an injured neck, another elbow injury, and massive headaches. Yet instead of retiring from Judo, he took a step-down and avoided entering the All Japan Judo Championships for a sixth time to compete in the international Kano Cup. Sporting old and fresh injuries equivalent to those received in a car crash, Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki took the gold medal in an international event that few American Judo players are even good enough to enter! A picture of the author's right hand is shown on page 74 exhibiting the swollen and disfigured fingers from the result of a life-time of Judo.
The powerful work, FIGHTING JUDO, contained photographs of exotic Ne-waza entries used by the author: the "Jumping kansetsu-waza [flying juji-gatame](p. 36-37); a one-armed tomoe-nage (p. 56-57); the Susu-jime (p. 76); Kami-jime (p. 77); Koshi-jime (p. 78); and Ashi-sangaku-garami (p.82) just to name a few of the 'tricks'. The author won ninety percent of his championships with Ne-waza.
The book FIGHTING JUDO would be useful in a college philosophy course as well as in any Judo training center. But this is no hagiography as the self-effacing World Champion Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki reflected: "I was the world champion for a minute; at the most for a day. So when you win a championship, enjoy it for one day, feel that you are a champion for one day. But no more" (p. 18).
As another example of innovative Ne-waza, please read FIGHTING JUDO along with VITAL JUDO (c.1973) by Isao Okano, BEST JUDO (c.1979) by Isao Inokuma, or 'OLYMPIC JUDO: Groundwork Techniques' (c.1986) by Neil Adams, and if used as a work of anecdotal philosophy, please read FIGHTING JUDO in conjunction with WANDERER (c. 1964, 1998) by Sterling Hayden.