Half Guard / Half Machine

4.94(16 Ratings)


Avoid playing on the bottom because your guard isn’t that crafty?

Playing open guards against athletic, more experienced guard passers can be a nightmare, especially when you know… the part where you don’t actually get to play guard at all because by the time you make a grip on their sleeve and think about placing a foot on their hip… They’re already in side control! What!

So you can’t play open guard, but takedowns aren’t your thing either, what do you do?

You pull half guard and start frustrating all of those side-to-side grasshopper wannabe guard passers. That’s what you do! Ever rolled with someone who’s so good at half guard, it felt like they were half machine? That can be you! And all you have to do is learn these PED’s (Performance Enhancing Details).

A guard you can master regardless of… body type, age, or athleticism.

That’s right! Due to the nature of half guard, you don’t need to be able to deadlift 2.5X your body weight or fold both of your legs behind your head like a rooster weight showing off in the bullpen. You just need a good aul underhook, and the knowledge provided by no other than Keenan Cornelius himself.

Target Audience

  • This course is for the more senior grappler but also for the young gun with a passion for mastering half guard.
  • Half guard is a great guard to play if you’re not the most athletic person and if open guards don’t appeal to you too much.
  • Don’t like half guard? Learn how to play it so you know where the attacks come from!

Course Curriculum

Introducing Half Guard

Lucas Leite Guard

More Sweeps From Half Guard

Knee Shield


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Student Ratings & Reviews

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1 year ago
Keenan makes learning all aspects of AJJ enjoyable…excellence half guard course!
1 year ago
Just what I needed. A few simple pointers what to look for and what to avoid. This will give me confidence in my half guard game. Keenan is a top notch instructor!
1 year ago
Anton Valianos
2 years ago
2 years ago
2 years ago
Amazing details. Half Guard is one of best guard everyone should play.
2 years ago
2 years ago
Thanks to half guard half machine I am now half competent in half guard!
3 years ago
I loved the 3rd option of the dogfight position! I am an experienced half guard player and found a lot of value in this course.
3 years ago
3 years ago
3 years ago
Been working on this for 3 weeks now and have seen massive improvements in my half guard game!
Excellent refresher for a white belt who had to sit out for a while, with plenty of new details to step my half guard game up
3 years ago
A really good course for every level in jiu jitsu. If you are in the jiu jitsu game for quite some time, this course will help you refresh your memory on what are the important things to look out in the half guard game especially from the bottom. If you just started training this course will be really beneficial for you because it covers the fundamentals principals. I really liked that Keenan went over the Lucas Leite guard.
The techniques shown are simple and effective.
3 years ago
A great instructional that covers half guard, sweeps, knee shield, and sumbissions. Awesome value for the price
3 years ago
20 Videos that full covers half guard, sweeps, knee shield and submissions. Great value for the price
Course level:All Levels

What I will learn?

  • Learning what half guard is and how to play it
  • Learning the importance of the underhook and body positioning
  • Learning how to use your legs to escape bad positions and counter attack
  • Recovering from almost getting your guard passed
  • Sweeping Using Half Guard
  • Submitting Your Opponent From Bottom Half Guard
  • Becoming Half Guard/ Half Machine

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