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Fusion Jiu-Jitsu



Fusion Jiu-jitsu is a self-protection, leadership and mobility training program for improving personal safety, vitality, and quality of life for all ages. It leverages the best practices of ancient warrior wisdom and modern psychology, combined with powerful techniques for a well-balanced mind, body, and spirit fitness training experience.



Using concepts and principles of leverage and intelligence over brute strength, Fusion Jiu-Jitsu is about effective problem solving under pressure. Training involves critical thinking, verbal conflict navigation, breathwork, functional movement, meditation and stretching, strategic maneuvering, positioning, escapes, striking, throwing, controls, take-downs, pins, restraints, chokes, joint locks and escorting techniques, from both standing, and on the ground. We practice with single and multiple opponents in all ranges of combat, taking weapons into consideration.


Fusion Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes an "early neutralization” of harmful situations, ethically and responsibly by employing simple, applied physics, sound body-mechanics and bio-mechanics, proper form and alignment, anatomical structure, posture, base, distraction, timing, angles, leverage, interception of force, and the redirection of energy. In the regular program, students work in a co-operative environment to learn the techniques, drills, and exercises in the spirit of harmony. When the adult student wishes to pressure test their skills on a resistive opponent, they are invited into the FUSION LAB" extension program, led in a safe and controlled training environment.

Founder Derek Bindner is a lifetime martial artist, competitive combat sports athlete, yoga practitioner, and led a 12-year career as a doorman, and an executive/close protection professional. He wanted to create an efficient, meaningful, and fun experience that would equip good people with effective leadership tools for navigating internal, verbal, and physical conflict. Derek created the model for Fusion Jiu-jitsu to SUPERCHARGE his own training, then began teaching it to his existing students and the general public. A carefully constructed, and well-rounded practice that builds everlasting confidence and strength in the mind and body, with the spirit of a warrior. Bindner Academy has simplified, prioritized, and organized this complex body of knowledge into a basic, integrated, concise, safe, and straight-to-the-point program.


Fusion Jiu-Jitsu bridges the training gap between traditional martial arts, combat sports, and reality-based self-defense programs, while keeping true to the moral, social, and ethical code of the Samurai - Bushido.


Fusion Jiu-Jitsu is much more than a living art, sport, and science. It is an education of moral and physical literacy. A way of being that will foster breakthroughs, empower, and enable one to lead a powerful life. To embrace the Fusion lifestyle is to embody a life of self-mastery, discipline, respect, confidence, courage, integrity, honour and clarity. You will not only grow stronger in mind, body, and spirit, but you will learn how to be adaptable during challenging times.

Fusion is built upon 3 foundational pillars:

1) Self-Protection (Mental, Physical, and verbal Strategies)

2) Leadership (Problem Solving, Decision Making & Self-Control)

3) Mobility (Functional and Natural Movement and Self-Care)


1) Grappling: Ground Fighting, Throwing, and Takedowns

2) Controlling: Escorting, Holds, Takedowns, and Pins

3) Striking: Employing Offensive, Distraction and Softening techniques

4) Movement: Range of Motion, Mobility, Breathwork, and Stretching

5) Mindset: Mental Toughness, Critical Thinking, and Sheepdog Psychology

Fusion hosts a structured, comprehensive, and separately designed curriculum for kids and adults, taking them from beginner white belt to black belt and beyond. This provides a continuous challenge both physically and mentally throughout one’s journey.


“Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”, for accuracy, precision, and retention. We believe in applying minimum effort with maximum efficiency, and simplifying training, as to not "overload" the student's working memory. W
e are not "technique collectors" and believe that refined, intelligent training will minimize the frequency and severity of possible injuries, and also lower the amount of energy the individual expends to accomplish their objectives.

Training is delivered in a safe, fun, and supportive, family environment, suitable for all ages. Classes are challenging and fun, yet respectful. We value safety and cleanliness, featuring an open, bright space with natural lighting and a matted flooring system. Classes are held both in-doors and outside, and students wear athletic gear that consists of an academy t-shirt/rash guard and uniform pants. Complete martial arts uniforms are worn in the LAB extension program, and at formal occasions.

Everything we teach is tested for effectiveness and filtered through these 3 perimeters: 1) Is it efficient? 2) Is it simple? 3) Does it work under pressure?  IF not, we simply do not waist time teaching it.


FUSION is the act or process of blending together. In our case, Fusion is the inspiration, innovation, and integration of the evaluated experiences and research gained from Derek Bindner's 40+ years of martial arts, combat sports/competing, self-defense, leadership, SEALfit and Unbeatable Mind training, executive/close protection and doorperson employment, yoga/breathwork training, and operating multiple affiliations  worldwide.

Fusion Jiu-Jitsu training is very powerful and life changing when the philosophy and the teacher align with the students’ values, goals, and expectations.

Let Our Passion Inspire You!

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