In 1997 while Derek Bindner was working as an executive and close protection specialist, he was employed to lead a team of operatives during the Canadian postal labour dispute, in the Niagara region. Derek came to be known as the levelheaded guy that could “take care of business” efficiently, without incidence or being charged with assault. Eventually, Derek’s fellow bodyguards came to him for extra training after work hours. In the same year, in a performance review, Derek was commended on restoring peace during many violent altercations in the field. During the same review, Derek was questioned about his methods of navigating verbal and physical aggression, with such grace and effectiveness. He explained to them that he studied the martial arts of Aikido and Jiu-jitsu. It was the lessons from these two martial arts that gave him the mental, physical and emotional confidence, and skills to deal with undesirable people in high stress situations. After the performance review was conducted, Derek was asked if he would consider instructing all other operatives in defensive tactics, and techniques for keeping calm in chaotic and unpredictable environments. It was then that Derek was hired to teach his fellow operatives in Aikido and Jiu-jitsu tactics.
On July 5, 1997, Derek started his own defensive tactics training academy named Tactical Defence Solutions, and founded Goshin Jiu-jitsu for civilians.
Since then, the name has been changed to Bindner Academy, and has grown tremendously, offering local, national, and international seminars, courses, presentations and ongoing classes in Yoshinkan Aikido, Goshin Jiu-jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Aiki-Jujitsu, and human performance coaching.