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Kashiwazaki Katsuhiko is a legendary Judo player from Japan and known as a newaza/groundwork specialist.

He won a silver medal at the 1975 World Championships and a gold medal at the 1981 World Championships.

He became an all-Japan champion 5 times in his weight category (-65kg) as well.

When I started learning BJJ, learning resources for BJJ were scarce. I remember reading Kashiwazaki’s book in my early days of BJJ. It served me well enough.

In addition to his instructions, he wrote about how he trained when he was active as a competitor.

I don’t have this book on hand, and I’m simply relying on my memory, but in essence…

He worked as a high school teacher and didn’t have access to elite training partners for the most part.

He was based in a rural town. He coached the Judo club at his school, but its club members were mostly beginners.

If I remember correctly, Kashiwazaki did a lot of drills with his students. And also shadow Judo… just like shadow boxing.

He still became a national champion multiple times as well as a world champion.

I’m not saying anyone could achieve this kind of result.

But Kashiwazaki is another excellent example of what you could achieve even if your training environment is somewhat limited.

Many people tend to look for reasons why they can’t succeed.

And then they spend their energy on trying to justify why they are right about such reasons.

In the meantime, you could look for better examples like Kashiwazaki (and Adam Wardzinski, Craig Jones, etc. in BJJ)…

… and realize that your environment is good enough.

After all, your mindset and approach to training will determine your overall growth.

p.s. If you’re interested in what Kashiwazaki was like as a competitor, here’s a good highlight video of Kashiwazaki.