Guard Well Defense LLC

“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” 
— Theodore Roosevelt.


About Us

Our Mission is simple.  Prepare you to win in the worst 15 seconds of the worst day of your life-irrespective of age; gender; or physical condition.  When violence-induced stress is visited upon us,  we enter the survival arc:  denial; deliberation; and hopefully, action.  Sometimes called the "fight freeze, or flee"reflex.  Our goal is to get you through the arc to action-whether you are at home, in the office, on the street, or traveling.  We will show you how to mitigate becoming a victim in modern times through easy to learn, common sensical measures.  During COVID -19 on-line training is available through videos and 1-on-1 training via Zoom.   

Training Courses


Irrespective of age, gender or physical ability, if you travel domestically and/or internationally, have concerns about the safety of your environment and have an interest in self-protection, Guard Well Defense has a solution to help you better prepare.  We offer one-on-one or small group training in Combatives; Knife and Improvised Weapons; Street Smarts and Situational Awareness for Students and Business People; and Home Defense.  Training can be tailored to meet your individual needs.  We are based in the Tidewater region of SE Virginia.  Live video training tailored to your needs is also available during COVID-19 lockdown.  Please inquire at:  Thank you. 

Combatives for Women

Highly Effective for Women of all ages.

Based largely on the teachings of Chris Ranck-Buhr, founder of Injury Dynamics in San Diego CA, Combatives for women focuses on easy to learn but effective fighting methods.  We will first look at violence in an academic sense to examine what works and then learn the methods that can give a 90 lb woman the advantage over a 250 lb aggressor and will focus on countering common  assaults on women such as grabs and pins.  We will also discuss mind set, common sense defensive measures, situational awareness, and improvised weapons.   Small group lessons are possible (2-3 people).     The course of instruction is about 5-6 hours and sessions can be split into 3 sessions if desired.  By the end of the training you will have the knowledge, confidence, and basic skills to defend yourself in a deadly force encounter.  If you are not satisfied, we will gladly refund your tuition.  This course is available in video.   On-line training (two persons for the price of one) is possible (contact for details).   Post COVID training available!

Blades and Improvised Weapons

Guaranteed to Master Basics in a Day.

This course of instruction draws from the teachings of Scott Babb, creator of the Libre Knife Fighting System and elements of Sayoc Kali and Injury Dynamics.  Learn how to use a knife offensively when your life depends on it.  Then apply the same principals to improvised weapons - everyday items that can be lethal if used offensively.   In addition, we will cover the pros and cons of concealed carry for knives and improvised weapons. This training complements combatives.  Class length is 3 hours.  Cost is $150.  Video course is now available.  Interested in on-line training during the COVID lockdown?  Please contact us.

Basic Combatives

This course of instruction takes basic principals from several fighting styles and breaks it down into an efficient, lethal, and easy to use system.

Whether you are a teen, a retiree-or anything in between, you don't have to be a victim.  This course of private instruction draws heavily on the teachings of Chris Ranck-Buhr, founder of Injury Dynamics in San Diego CA and selected elements of Wing Chun and other styles.  The goal is to teach you effective means to prevail in a deadly force encounter.   Safe to train and proven effective.   Additional private training sessions available. Course of instruction is about 5 to 6 hours and can be taken in one day or broken down into 2-3 sessions.   If not completely satisfied, we will gladly refund your tuition.     Cost is $295.  The video course is now available as is on-line training.  

Street Smarts for Students and Business Persons

Raise your Situational Awareness

Designed for students, business people, or anyone with an interest in self-protection.  This course of instruction has two parts and looks at raising your situational awareness - the key to avoiding most problems.  In part I we will look at common pitfalls and lessons learned from the mistakes of others.  In part II, we will walk through urban terrain in Richmond, VA and look at some common sense precautions and actions to take if something causes you alarm on the street.  We will also discuss options for improvised weapons and how to use them.  This course goes well with Combatives.  Course length is approximately 3 hours for both sessions + travel time to Richmond.  Private Instruction.  Cost is $225.  ****This course is currently on hold pending the end of the COVID lockdown for Virginia.****

Home Defense

Your Home is your safe haven.  Maximize it's Strength.

A home can be your haven or your tomb in the event of a home intrusion.  We will look at simple, cost effective means to enhance the security of your home. Topics will include technical security measures; weapon considerations; and family drills.  We will do a walk-through of your home and have a firm plan by the end.  Approximately 2 hours.  Cost is $265.  **A free video version is now available in our Video Instruction Page and a PDF  document is available in the Blog. ** On-line consultation is possible.  Please contact for details.

Basic Glock Pistol Video Course 

Basic Firearms Training

This course is for beginners and  offered as a free video.  It covers safety and the fundamentals of marksmanship with Glock pistols.  We will also cover; mindset; drawing from the holster; concealed carry options; home storage and concealment devices.    

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Rob is a 34 year veteran of the CIA's Directorate of Operations and served in some of the most dangerous and austere places on the planet.  Over the years he has accumulated a wealth of information on various facets of self-protection to include:   Home; Urban Street environments; Vehicle; Offensive Knife; Improvised Weapons and concealed carry options/considerations;  travel abroad - skills that in a civilian paradigm, can enhance your safety and that of your family.

Reach out today with any questions, or simply to learn more about Guard Well Defense LLC.


Williamsburg, Virginia



757 506-1936


Madison S.

As a 22 year old female college student with no formal training, I found Rob’s material easy to learn and practical for daily life. This information gave me more confidence in being situationally aware of my surroundings. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to be more informed on practical ways to defend yourself during unforeseen circumstances. 

I’m an infantry soldier with combat experience and mixed martial arts training. I found his course of instruction to be extremely fluid and thorough. It forced me to view violence through a completely different scope, and greatly added to my constant pursuit of professional self development. This training is applicable not only in life or death situations but also in everyday routine life. Military, law enforcement or civilian, it doesn’t matter. When situational awareness and the escalation of violence is the only way to survive, I highly recommend this. 

I've had the good fortune of knowing Rob Montgomery for over 20 years, working with him overseas and practicing our mutual interests in music and martial arts.  Rob is all about serving our nation, protecting his family and teaching others about his passion for self defense.  He has a real knack for teaching, being able to key in on various learning styles and then tailoring the material to suit the student.  Reach out to Rob, see what he can do for you and let him work his magic to change your life for the better.

Jay W.

"As a fellow retired CIA colleague, I have known and worked with Rob for several decades.  His knowledge of self-protection, combatives, and street smarts is unparalleled as he has practiced what he preaches in some of the most dangerous places in the world.  He is an excellent instructor and he possesses a passion for preparing his students for violent situations we sometimes don't like to think about.  Anyone, regardless of size or age, can benefit from his expertise.  Get in touch with him to see how he can prepare you to handle all contingencies with confidence - you will not be disappointed."

Roddy B.

"As a 73 year old male with no previous experience in martial arts or, indeed any sort of self defense training, I found the Injury Dynamics course presented by Rob Montgomery extremely valuable and eye opening.  The concepts are simple, do not depend upon strength or brawn, and can be used by anyone. I highly recommend it."

Gardiner P.

Gardiner P.

"Rob is an incredibly patient, knowledgeable and highly skilled instructor. His teaching style, techniques and expertise helped me lose fear of walking down dark streets alone. His passion for self-defense is contagious and the techniques inspire confidence.  My only regret is that I didn't have more time to learn from Rob since I had to relocate to Austria.  I highly recommend Rob as an instructor to everyone – especially females. Thank you so much for all your advice and hope our paths cross again someday!"

Irina B.


757 506-1936

Williamsburg, Virginia

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