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A common sense approach to dealing with violence in our times.

Guard Well Defense, LLC

Guard Well Defense, LLC
Self-defense training courses

“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

Fight scene - self-defense training

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.



Self-Defense Training Services

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.


Live training is back!


1:1 and small group self-defense training in the following:

  • Combatives: 5+ hrs $295

  • Knife and Improvised Weapons: 2+ hrs $150

  • Street Smarts and Situational Awareness for Students and Business People: tailored consult $75/hr

  • Home Defense/tailored consult $75/hr

Currently offering self-defense training videos for the following areas:

  • Basic Combatives

  • Combatives for Women

  • Blades & Improvised Weapons

Become a Gold Member and enjoy access to all content available on this website, including:

  • Access to all videos

  • Access to Gold Member's Forum with ongoing training content

  • Guard Well Defense Blog

Our newest offering - 1st Aid training videos for kids ages 6 to adult, including:

  • Choking situations

  • How to stop the bleeding

  • Arm injury 1st aid

  • More coming soon

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. 

Jason M.

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. 

Jay W.

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.

Roddy B.

"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."

Gardiner P.

"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."

Irina B.

"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!"

Video Courses of Instruction
Home Defense
Check out Rob's book on Amazon!
Seconds to Live or Die Book
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