About Us

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

– Bruce Lee                              


Founded in 1997, Bindner Academy is a Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle training and coaching community, led by it’s founder Derek Bindner. Serving as the world headquarters for Fusion Jiu-Jitsu, and the longest running Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in the London and Middlesex region, we are people of value that add value to others. We are your accountability partner.


Simply put...Adventure-based personal development. Everything we do is designed to cultivate human strength, confidence, courage, compassion, and clarity. We inspire, train, lead and equip individuals with life skills for navigating fear, anxiety, conflict, adversity, and physical combat, with intelligence and integrity. We challenge individuals to rise above the status quo and be better than yesterday.


By optimizing our members' training time and energy for maximum results, we deliver a highly structured curriculum with professional instruction. Weather your needs are self-protection and life strategies, competition in sport, or both, Bindner Jiu-Jitsu Academy has you covered.

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.


We live in a busy, chaotic, and unpredictable world, and life favours the prepared in mind, body and spirit. We understand how hard life is for everyone, and how Jiu-Jitsu training makes it better. We believe in people, we value people, and we appreciate their time, energy, and effort. 


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.


Using Jiu-Jitsu as a vehicle for personal development, we strive to build everlasting confidence, courage, and strength in the mind, body and spirit for optimal living.


To operate a local, friendly dojo that teaches traditional values with modern and practical applications through straight forward, no non-sense self-protection techniques with life strategies. In doing so, this will strengthen the minds, bodies, and spirits of the individuals and families, as well as benefit the local and global communities that we serve.


A world-wide, quality-driven, Jiu-Jitsu training program for all ages, featuring Fusion Jiu-Jitsu in the leading role. We believe passionately in the power of Fusion Jiu-Jitsu to elevate thinking, transform lives, and ultimately the world.


During the 1990's and early 2000's, Derek Bindner had many opportunities to witness and navigate human behavior in conflict and chaos, both at its worst and it's best, before the police arrived. As an executive close protection professional during this time, Derek saw an excess of fear, hatred, insecurity, selfishness, conflict, and violence. Through this process, he learned what psychological, verbal, and physical strategies actually worked (and what didn't work), in both peaceful and violent encounters. 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 knew 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 who demonstrated confidence, courage, compassion, love, 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 just protecting people, why not teach civilians how to recognize danger, move out of harms way, 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.

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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