Our Lifestyle

The Evolution of Martial Arts, life and the Modern Warrior.

Fusion Jiu-jitsu is more than a well balanced  and rounded self-protection martial art. It is an integrated way of masterful living with confidence and health. It’s about quality movement in the mind, body and spirit, and the ability and capability of protecting one’s self, family, and way of life.

We call it the Fusion Jiu-jitsu lifestyle, and it is available to everyone.

What is Jiu-jitsu?
Jiu-jitsu is one of the world’s oldest forms of martial arts. “Jiu” can be translated as “adaptable” or “gentle”. “Jitsu” can be translated as “art” or “technique”. Jiu-jitsu is an ancient Japanese and modern martial art that represents intercepting and manipulating the opponents force against themselves rather than confronting it with one’s own force.

Our Jiu-jitsu Style
Developed in 1997, the original name of our style was called Goshin-Ryu Jiu-jitsu, meaning “Self- Preservation Style”. In 2017, the art went through a major over-haul and was up-dated to include the most relevant practices from other disciplines for coping in today’s fast-paced world. Fusion Jiu-jitsu is a modern blend of traditional martial arts with a dynamic and progressive approach to self-protection and personal safety, health and wellness, and leadership performance.

Fusion Jiu-jitsu takes it’s inspiration from traditional Japanese Jiu-jitsu, Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. Derek Bindner developed the Fusion style of Jiu-jitsu to bring together over 3 decades of martial arts and leadership training, owning multiple academies, and evaluated experiences with real-world application in the personal security industry.

Our style is designed to take students from white belt beginner, to advanced black belt. It is both cumulative and relevant, introducing the student to new material at each belt level, which provides a continuous challenge both physically and mentally, throughout one’s martial arts journey.

Fusion Jiu-jitsu (FJJ) is NOT a Mixed Martial Art, rather it is an integrated, and sophisticated practice, that focuses on 3 pillars of self-preservation; self-protection, health and fitness, and leadership performance. The training is delivered in a safe, fun, and supportive, family environment, suitable, and appropriate for every age group.

The psychological and verbal techniques cover all levels of appropriate conflict response options, from bullyproofing to stranger danger for kids, and from harassment situations to violent encounters for adults.

In the regular Fusion Jiu-jitsu program you will learn how to navigate all ranges of combat, strategic maneuvering, escapes, striking, throwing, take-downs, pins, chokes, joint locks and escorting techniques, in both standing and ground control. FJJ utilizes single and multiple opponent control strategies, as well as armed and unarmed scenario-based training to educate, equip, and prepare each individual for real-world theory and application. In the optional Fusion Jiu-jitsu Laboratory program, you will have an opportunity to pressure test your skills and abilities. Age appropriate, on-line, and in person, private and group classes are available.

How Does Fusion Jiu-jitsuWork?
Fusion Jiu-jitsu takes a positive life stance on being prepared, and emphasizes “an early neutralization of an attack/situation”. Of particular importance is the timing of an offensive and/or defensive technique, either to blend or to neutralize an attack’s effectiveness, and to use the force of the attacker’s movement against him/her. Our practice strives to prevent, de-escalate, and navigate conflict peacefully, ethically, responsibly, and without aggression or violence when possible. Fusion Jiu-jitsu works consistently because it is based on employing simple, applied psychology, and physics, using proper body-mechanics, anatomical structure, bio-mechanics, timing, angles, interception of force, and redirection of energy.

What sets FJJ training apart from others, is the teaching methodology, which uses a building block approach to learning and understanding modern psychology, and strategic mindset with functional, and fluid movements. In our regular program, students work with “partners” instead of “opponents” to mitigate injury for both participants, making it gentle on the body. This type of intelligent, and refined training will also lower the amount of energy the individual expends to accomplish his/her objectives. This creates an enjoyable experience and fosters an accelerated learning environment.

FJJ hosts an innovative, and carefully designed curriculum with a variety of basic movements and functional techniques that can be learned with training and practice.  Classes are small, challenging, and fun, yet respectful — with no hype or commercialization, and with a focus on SAFETY FIRST. FJJ can complement any martial art. In fact, many of our students and instructors are ranked in other styles as well. It is suitable for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students alike.

Our secret is in our training method.
Each technique must meet the following requirements: easy to learn, be universal, easy to remember, AND easy to execute under pressure. The Bindner Academy believes that you can learn a highly effective self-protection form of martial art in a traditional Japanese training atmosphere, without having to engage in external competitions.


Fusion Jiu-jitsu Laboratory (Optional Program for Adults)

Bindner Academy understands that some students have the desire to “pressure test” their knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is exactly why we offer this optional up-grade program. Fusion Jiu-jitsu Laboratory is the perfect opportunity for those who wish to take their training to the next level, and challenge themselves with a resistive opponent(s).

Students can further their personal warrior/martial arts education, in a variety of skill building “aliveness training” modes. Referred to as “reality-based” training, practiced in a safe and controlled environment, is the closest we can come to actual combat, without major injuries.

Warrior/Martial arts training is very rewarding and life changing when the philosophy and the teacher align with the students’ values, goals, and expectations.


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