I'm nearing 5 years of BJJ training, and my passion for the sport remains as strong as ever. However, the more BJJ matches I watch the more I question the effectiveness of the art as self defense. We spend so much time working positions and techniques that are completely redundant in a real fight let alone MMA. Most of the time we're training to beat someone else who knows bjj. I dislike seeing so many people pull guard in BJJ matches. It's not uncommon in the lighter weight categories to see the competitors pull guard at the same time. Perhaps the CBJJ should give the competitors a minus 1 for pulling guard as do encourage them to train takedowns. I think ideally BJJ should look something like what Jacare, Roger Gracie, Damian Maia or Xande Ribeiro do. All of them play a complete game; Standing and ground.. without a great deal of exotic (unrealistic) positions. What do fellow BJJers think? Would you rather have a great half guard or the ability to toss someone on their head?