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Head Instructor: Sensei Derek Bindner, 5th Dan


Derek Bindner, the founder and chief instructor of Aikido Network Training Centre, has a long and varied background in the martial arts that began with his enrollment in a karate dojo in 1986.

As a former executive and close protection specialist, defensive tactics instructor and door person, he has studied and competed in a variety of martial arts and combat sports, which have given him experience in dealing with conflict under stressful conditions.

In 1987 he began formal training in aikido, and has since trained and taught in Canada, the U.S. and Japan, and continues to train under shihan Jacques Payet, 8th Dan (master teacher).  While employed as a defensive tactics instructor, he founded Tactical Defense Solutions on July 5th 1997, and then started teaching Aikido full time in 1999. In 1994, he started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and in October 2007, founded the region’s first official BJJ school. Derek integrates the practical techniques of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Yoga, mental toughness and breathwork in his classes.  Aikido, however, is his primary discipline and way of life.

Sensei Bindner is a registered and Certified Instructor with the Aikido Yoshinkan Federation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, he completed the Aikido instructor training program in Kamakura, Japan at the Tsurugoaka Shrine, participating in Misogi and other ceremonies dedicated to intense Aikido training. He has studied Shakyo at the Daishi Kyokai on Mount Koya, and has stayed in several traditional monasteries as well as in the shrine in Kamakura during his studies. He has trained across Japan, including dojos located in Tokyo (Honbu Dojo), in Kyoto (Shihan Payet’s dojo) and in Yokohama (Shihan Matsuo).

His current rank of 5th dan was awarded in May 2015 by Shihan Jacques Payet, (8th Dan) of the Mugen Juku Aikido dojo in Kyoto, Japan.

A nationally known and respected aikido teacher, Sensei Bindner is a frequent guest instructor at training seminars throughout Ontario, Quebec and San Diego, California.  As chief instructor, assisted by a talented staff of instructors, in four locations, he teaches regularly at his dojo headquarters located in Hyde Park.

He teaches that Aikido is budo, a way of life that seeks to cultivate the self through a blend of rigorous physical training and spiritual discipline.  As such, his classes emphasize a balance between effective technique and the ethical and philosophical aspects of Aikido.

Besides teaching regular on-going weekly classes, sensei Bindner also gives interactive corporate presentations to organizations and teams on improving human performance and leadership in conflict. He uses the integrated principles of Aikido to illustrate how to create an environment based on trust, respect and harmony.

He thinks of his work as play. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, he is supercharged by spreading his message and helping people add value to the lives of everyone they touch. He is a monthly contributor for the Forest City Connection magazine, and writes about the benefits of martial arts and mental toughness training.

Jacques Payet

Technical Aikido Advisor

Aikido Yoshinkan 8th Dan, the head instructor of the Mugen Juku Dojo in Kyoto, Japan, and technical advisor of the Seishukan dojo in London, Ontario Canada, is Jacques Payet, 8th dan (8th degree black belt).

Payet Sensei has the unique distinction of being uchi-deshi (live-in apprentice) directly under the guidance of Shioda Sensei longer than any other Westerner. He was appointed staff instructor at the Yoshinkan Honbu dojo (world headquarters in Tokyo) and during that time he designed the Foreign Instructor course in 1991 and translated Aikido Shugyo the autobiography of Kancho Gozo Shioda.

He was appointed technical director for the English Aikido Yoshinkan Federation. He has taught classes and seminars in many private companies and University clubs in Japan as well as in many other countries in the world.

Black Belt Instructors

Sempai Christopher Clattenburg, 3rd Dan

Christopher holds a B.A. from Ryerson University,  and a B.Ed. from York University. He currently teaches aikido to elementary students at Riverbend Academy, and adult classes at H.Q. dojo. He has been studying aikido since 2001.

Sempai Teresa MacDonald, 2nd Dan

Sempai Teresa (B.A, Western University) successfully completed a Women’s Self-Defense course at the Aikido Network in 2001. This achievement provided the motivation to begin private and group training in Yoshinkan Aikido. In 2005, Teresa received her Black Belt in Yoshinkan Aikido. She teaches adults and children at ANTC and continues to train in Aikido. Her hobbies include origami (Japanese paper-folding), reading, and fitness walks.

Sempai Matt Clements, 2nd Dan

Matt has been studying Aikido under Sensei Bindner since 2001. Matt holds an honours degree in Kinesiology, works as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic, and teaches in the paramedic program at Fanshawe College. His hobbies include mountain biking, sailing, and playing drums.

Sempai Braden Kennard, 2nd Dan

Braden started his Aikido Journey with Sensei Bindner in 2002, and teaches adult classes, as well as helping out with the children’s Aikido classes. His hobbies include music, playing guitar, and cooking.

Sempai Dr. David Vollick, 2nd Dan

David has been studying Aikido under Sensei Bindner since 2005. David 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 Dr. Marty Bezaire, 1st Dan

Sensei Dr. Denis Gris, 1st Dan (Sherbrooke dojo)


Assistant Instructors

Sempai Shonna Elgie, 3rd Kyu

Shonna started her Aikido journey in 2006 with Sensei Bindner, and assists in the children’s Aikido program.

Sempai Earl Angus, 4th Kyu

Earl began studying Aikido in the fall of 2008, after his son began classes as a physical and social activity to add to his home schooling studies. Now as an assistant instructor I enjoy working with the kids in the children’s class. Other activities that occupy his time include working on math and science projects his my son, vegetable gardening and fresh water aquariums.

Assistant Instructor Photo’s to be added:

Sempai Mirza Mesanovic, 1st Kyu

Sempai John Suderman, 3rd Kyu

Sempai Nichola Thompson, 4th Kyu

Sempai Adam Lowe, 5th Kyu


Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Instructors

Tyler Crawford, black belt candidate

Tyler’s involvement in combative sports started many (yes, MANY) years ago in freestyle wrestling. Through his involvement in wrestling he learned the importance of hard training and focus as determinants of success. 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 (earning multiple gold and silver medals), he has become an enthusiastic advocate for the sport. 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.

Office Administrator

MaryAnn Kennard

MaryAnn is our first impressions, and administration person that holds the dojo together. She has been an Aikido mom since 2002, directs and fits all of our new students with uniforms when they start their training.

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