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Every bindner academy instructor must complete a minimum of 5 years of leadership training to be certified

Derek Bindner, Owner, Founder and Head Instructor

Derek Bindner is the founder, CEO, and head instructor of Bindner Academy and creator of Fusion Jiu-Jitsu. He is a multiple blackbelt martial artist, mental toughness coach, mentor and trainer. Many of his teachings come from his own evaluated life experiences as a former bouncer and executive/close protection professional, and 24 year multiple location school owner. Derek started his official training in 1984, and continues to train and teach Fusion Jiu-jitsu around the world. He has a way of making people feel at ease, and clearly conveys profound perspectives in every class, seminar, and presentation that he leads.


      Training Experience and History:

  • H.S. Wrestling 1984-1986

  • Goju-Ryu Karate, 1984-1987

  • Tae Kwon Do (ITF), 1987-1992

  • Aikikai Aikido, 1987-1992

  • Kickboxing, 1989-1991

  • Yoshinkan Aikido, 1992- 2020

  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 1994-present

  • Kaze Arashi Ken-Jutsu, 1996-1998

  • Goshin-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, 1996-2017

  • Kodokan Judo, 2006-2007

  • Kokoro Yoga, 2015-present

  • Defensive Tactics Instructor (LPI), 1997

  • Mental Toughness Coach (UMA foundations), 2017


Derek’s latest projects include up-dating academy programs to stay current and relevant, and writing a book on the Fusion Jiu-jitsu Lifestyle. He is passionate about how integrating ancient warrior wisdom, martial arts, combat sports, movement, and sheepdog psychology make a deep impact on the lives of those he, and his team serves.

An internationally known and respected teacher, Sensei Derek Bindner has been invited as a guest instructor and has taught in Japan, Ireland, USA, and throughout Canada.  As lead instructor, assisted by a talented staff of instructors, he teaches regularly at the Bindner Academy headquarters in London, Ontario, Canada. Mr. Bindner holds the distinct honor of establishing the first Brazilian Jiu-jitsu school in the London and Middlesex region, and creating Fusion Jiu-jitsu.

Besides teaching regular on-going weekly classes, Derek coaches one-on-one, and gives interactive presentations, workshops and seminars to organizations and teams on improving human performance and mental toughness. Derek is host of the "Mindset Minute" YouTube video, a daily message from the martial arts that is applicable to everyone.

Derek resides in the London area with his family, and enjoys great food, playing music, spending time with family and friends, and experiencing life.

Black Belt Instructors


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Sempai Dr. David Vollick

David has been studying under Sensei Bindner since 2005, and holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He is semi-retired and teaches at Western University, and helps a colleague conduct psychological/vocational assessments, both on a part-time bases. His hobbies include research, reading, playing tennis and hockey, jogging, weight lifting, and archery.


Sempai Christopher Clattenburg

Christopher has been studying since 2001, and holds a B.A. from Ryerson University,  and a B.Ed. from York University. He currently teaches at the Bindner Academy headquarters in Hyde Park.



Sempai Teresa MacDonald

Teresa (B.A, Western University) successfully completed a Women’s Self-Defense course at the Bindner Academy in 2001. This achievement provided the motivation to begin private and group training. In 2003, Teresa earned her green belt in Goshin-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, and in 2005, received her black belt in Yoshinkan Aikido. She teaches adults and children at the headquarters dojo and continues to train herself. Her hobbies include origami (Japanese paper-folding), reading, and fitness walks.



Sempai Dr. Marty Bezaire

Marty started his martial arts training in 1994, and has studied under Sensei Bindner since 2010. He has previously worked as a kinesiologist and personal trainer. Currently he works as a local physician, trained at Western University, who has a split practice in family medicine as well as in community emergency medicine. He has a passion for trying and sharing new foods, enjoys hiking, music, and sharing his interests with his family and friends.



Sempai John Suderman

John started his martial arts journey under Sensei Bindner in 2013. He initially began his lessons in the family class with his two sons (who are now both Junior black belts). John currently helps in the kids class were he enjoys seeing the kids progress and reach new levels of focus and confidence.  John’s other activities include drawing, meditation and metal art.

Coach Tyler Crawford, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Tyler moved back to London in 2006, and continued his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training under Sensei Bindner. Now he is the head coach for the BJJ program at Bindner Academy and teaches all adult classes. His first experience in traditional martial arts was in Judo, followed soon after by Karate in which he earned his black belt. Tyler was drawn to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a self-defense method that allows the practitioner to neutralize physical threats without seriously injuring the attacker, and for the ability to train and practice at nearly-full intensity. After training and successfully competing in Jiu-Jitsu for several years, he has become an enthusiastic advocate for the sport. Having earned his black belt in 2019, Tyler is very interested in helping people develop to their full potential in Jiu-Jitsu. His goal is to see others find a love for this great sport and discipline, just as he has.

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