I read John Will’s Tactical BJJ Grappling For Life eBook this week and I’ve been thinking a lot about sport BJJ vs street BJJ. I started training in BJJ because I wanted exercise (I sit at a office all day) and because I wanted to be able to defend myself and family in this increasingly violent world. After reading John’s eBook I began to think to much of my training is sport. This fulfills my exercise requirement but falls short on my defense. If I were in a street fight I think I would still win because I am considering before hand what my game plan would be. For instance, I will only want to go for submissions that choke out or destroy limbs and joints. What good is a bicep cutter in a street fight? I also should take into consideration that just because I destroy his arm in a arm bar doesn’t mean the fight is over. What about fighting more then one person at a time? John gives some ideas. I think I would consider a tactical retreat if I was by myself. I am beginning to think that a little Muay Thai would help with what I know about striking martial arts. Jim from Jim’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Journal said that one of the factors that made him quit Jiu-Jitsu was "what I was learning was more how to counter my classmates than how to fight". I think that I get out of Jiu-Jitsu what I want from it. If I want more street practical training then that should be my focus. I’ll never give up BJJ. I’m too addicted. I just think its time for some tuning of my focus.