...is certainly alive and well!!!
i know some people have the view that Newaza in judo is virtually non existant in this day in age.
I was invited by Rowena Birch and Jamie Johnston to coach a session for the GB Cadet squad last night up at Kendal Judoclub (which is an amazing gym)
After takign them through some drills/escapes and techniques i got them all doing New-waza sparring. There was some very talented guys and girls on the mats and i was genuinely impressed by their skill level.
So all in all if people think there is no point in training judo because "it has no ground work" then think again. theys guys were awesome and a credit to their coaches.