Hi, I went to a BJJ class for the first time ever to see what a class was like and the mentality behind it. I have absolutely no ground game or experience and am not a fan of grappling but DO understand that if you don't want you ass on the ground you better know how to get and beat someone on the ground to understand the how and why of it all. Anyway, this is what I saw and my thoughts on it. While the technique of the less than 6 month students was impressive, I'm not totally sold on the Jiu-jitsu thing. In a sport environment I think it is indespensible. In a street environment I'm not sold on it. Saw a large number of times when the groin, eyes and throat were totally unprotected in the guard. As an example, they were practicing getting out of someones Half guard. The technique involved (as I understood it) putting weight on the bottom persons shoulders to keep them down. Bringing the leg on the outside of their guard up to use your foot to loosen up the guard while pushing up with the other leg and slipping it through the guard. Like I said I was impressed by how well the newer students were able to perform the technique. That said my first thought when I saw the position was stick my finger in his eye causing him to turn the face to protect the organ and if jabbed in there with enough malice causing the hands to go up to protect the face and eye sight. (note I said jab the finger in there and not scrap or rub it.) That takes the attention away from you posturing up to slam hard punches or hammer fists to the groin multiple times. In that amount of pain, leg lock, arm bar, choke or just gettnig out of the guard stomping on his head and running away would seem pretty easy. So this led me to ask the instructor if the jiu-jitsu taught was mainly taught for sport competition where you aren't worried about the scenario I described or if itwas also taught for self-defense where you'd have to protect against that kind of attack. Can the BJJ guys on here give me some insight? Please note I am not knocking competition, sport, BJJ, grappling or any other negative thing. I am simply a person observing something and asking questions so that I can formulate an intelligent opinion which may lead me to practice BJJ or walk away from it. Oh and I wanted to add that I have heard and read the statements, If you can't practice it full steam ahead there is no point in doing it. I see some truth to that but then again, you can't practice breaking someone's arm, you either do or don't. You bring yourself to that point by doing the arm bar. You CAN tap someone on a cup (not sure I'm volunteering for that one) or wear eye protection to make the eye a realistic target. Lastly, please keep it positive. No BJJ is crap or calling me a troll. I'm someone who wants to get back into martial arts who is doing a one month trial at one facility and is thinking about doing a month at a local MMA facility. So I have a ton of questions. Thanks in advance for your insight and and help.