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About Us

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”

– Bruce Lee                              

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1997, Bindner Academy is a Fusion Jiu-jitsu lifestyle training and coaching community, led by it’s founder Derek Bindner. We are people of value that add value to others - Your accountability partner.

WHAT WE DO

We add value to the world through Self-protection, leadership and mobility training and coaching. Everything we do is designed to BUILD human strength, confidence, courage, and clarity in mind, body and spirit. We equip individuals with life skills for navigating conflict, fear, stress, and adversity, while challenging individuals to rise above the status quo and make their life their masterpiece.

WHY WE DO IT

We believe in people, we value people, and we see their human potential. When an individual is confident, humble, prepared, and equipped, they will step into their greatness and achieve great things. We believe passionately in the power of Fusion Jiu-Jitsu to elevate thinking, transform lives, and ultimately the world.

HOW WE DO IT

By leveraging the best practices of ancient warrior wisdom, modern psychology, and functional training techniques, we deliver a highly structured curriculum through professional instruction. Our unique training formula optimizes our members' training time and energy for maximum results.

WHEN WE DO IT

Learning is possible through private lessons, group classes, presentations, and seminars, both online, and in-person, during the daytime, evenings, and weekends, anywhere around the world.

OUR SUCCESS

Since 1997, our success and significance comes from the power of innovation, inspiration and invitation, word of mouth, and the culture of excellence that we value and up-hold. Our community is our treasure.

OUR PASSION, PURPOSE, and MISSION

We strive to empower and inspire individuals by equipping them with Fusion Jiu-jitsu training for confident vibrant healthy living in mind, body and spirit.

OUR VISION

A world-wide, quality-driven, self-protection, leadership and mobility training program for all ages, featuring Fusion Jiu-Jitsu in the leading role.

OUR STORY

In 1982, Derek Bindner experienced his first Bruce Lee movie, and was instantly hooked. Mesmerized by the power, mobility, and self-mastery displayed by this small man, Derek immediately began his martial arts journey of a lifetime. Starting with Karate and wrestling, moving to Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, and kickboxing in the mid/late 80's, and finally moving to Jiu-jitsu in 1994. In the 1990's and early 2000's, Derek Bindner had many opportunities to navigate human behavior in conflict and chaos. As a doorperson, and an executive/close protection professional, Derek witnessed an excess of fear, hatred, insecurity, selfishness, and violence. Through this process, he learned what psychological, verbal, and physical strategies worked (and what didn't work), in volatile situations. This was both very impactful, and different than how he viewed the world, and how he imagined it could be. Being bullied as a young child, he remembered what powerlessness felt like before he started martial arts training at the age of 12. Derek envisioned a world of good, strong, and capable people/leaders who demonstrated confidence, humility, courage, compassion, respect, integrity, and clarity in their purpose. Shortly after being employed as a defensive tactics instructor in early 1997, this sparked a revolutionary thought...instead of protecting others, why not teach them how to recognize danger, lead, and protect themselves, their families, and their way of life? This led to the birth of Bindner Academy, and the creation of Fusion Jiu-Jitsu, Derek Bindner's life‘s masterpiece, and contribution to the world.

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

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LET OUR PASSION INSPIRE YOU!

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