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Our Back Story

As a child growing up in the 1970’s and early ’80’s, Derek Bindner was no stranger to bullying. In those days, physical bullying was very common, and usually dealt with by the two combatants battling it out, and that was that. However, being insecure about himself, moving from school to school, and always being the “new kid”, Derek didn’t stand up for himself much – at least not at first.

With no tools or solutions to bullying at the time, Derek started fighting back, using physical techniques. After finding his personal power one day, he quickly realised that he was always giving his power away to those he “thought” were “stronger”. It was only then, that the bullies would leave him alone.

Then, during his teenage years, Derek started martial arts training, to learn how to deal with bullies and conflict. After gaining the skills required, Derek would start protecting, and helping other kids dealing with the same challenges.

This led Derek into working as a doorperson, keeping the peace, and protecting patrons of many establishments, for 12 years.

In late January of 1997, Derek Bindner started working as an executive and close protection professional, with 6 years of door person experience, and 11 years of intense martial arts and combat sports training. During his time on the job, Derek found himself with many opportunities to use his mental, physical and verbal de-escalation skills. Derek also noticed that new recruits were offered very minimal, and sporatic training in defensive tactics, and tactical communication skills. Because of this under serviced training that new recruits recieved, many of his (much larger), associates would constantly ask him for extra training. They witnessed time after time, how Derek handled himself, and others, in volatile and stressful situations, with calmness, and minimal injury to himself, and the aggressor. After many inquiries from the guards, to implement more defensive tactics training, the firm approached Derek, and asked him about his experience. After much consulting and planning, the firm hired Derek to teach defensive tactics and tactical communications to the guards, so they wouldn’t have to invest their own money on extra personal safety training. This was how Tactical Defense Solutions was born.

Our History

Established in 1997, Tactical Defense Solutions (TDS), started off as a part time, one man defensive tactics training company, that offered specific training to executive and close protection professionals (bodyguards).  Training was only offered privately, and in small groups because of limited space. As the popularity of our training grew, to include law enforcement professionals, Derek Bindner was encouraged to expand to a larger facility, and feature regular classes. On October 1st, 2000, TDS opened its doors at 205 Oxford Street at Richmond, offering full time instruction to the general public in Aikido, Jiu-jitsu, Self-Protection, Yoga, and kickboxing. Due to rapid growth, in 2003, TDS expanded it’s facilities to the corner of (1255) Commissioners Rd. at Boler Road in Byron. At this time, the name was changed to Aikido Network, to better reflect a martial arts school, and what was mostly being taught to it’s members. At this same time, the name Reliance Jiu-Jitsu was added, because of the gaining popularity of the Jiu-Jitsu program.

On July 1st, 2006, the school moved to 1615 North Routledge Park, unit 6, in Hyde Park. It held classes with 1500 sq. ft. of space, for the next five years.

Then, on September 1st, 2011, in a meaninful and purposeful way, Aikido Network/ Reliance Jiu-jitsu (which was changed to Bindner Jiu-Jitsu Academy), doubled it’s physical space, and moved 145 paces North, to it’s current headquarters, units 18 and 19, at the same address.

In 2015, four more, part time locations were opened, one in downtown London, one in Byron, one in Delaware, and one in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Late in 2018, because of the growing popularity in every program, the big descision was made to encompass all programs under one “umbrella”, and a new name was made. In December, Bindner’s Martial Arts Network was formed. It would be the new name used to headquarter the Aikido Network, Bindner Jiu-Jitsu Academy, Fusion Self-Protection, Dynamic Kid’s Bully-proof, 8-Week Warriorfit Leadership Boot Camp, and B.R.A.V.E. programs, under one banner.

If you have a group, business, or school that is looking for a life-improvement program, and would like to incorporate regular on-going classes, an 8-week course, or an hour workshop, Bindner’s customizes programs to suit your needs as required.

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