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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, 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 his words and physical techniques. After finding his personal power, he quickly realised that he was always giving his power away to those who “appeared”, or “acted” stronger.

Then, during his teenage years, Derek started martial arts and combat sports training and competing. After gaining the physical and emotional skills required, Derek started helping other kids deal with the same challenges he had in the past.

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. During his time in the field, Derek found himself with many opportunities to use his mental, emotional, physical and verbal de-escalation skills. At this time, Derek noticed that new recruits were offered very minimal, and sporatic training in defensive tactics, and tactical communication skills. Because of this under serviced area that new recruits recieved, many of his (much larger), associates would constantly ask him for extra training. They witnessed time after time, how Derek navigated 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 instruct defensive tactics to all executive and close protection personnel. This was how Tactical Defense Solutions (Bindner Academy) 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), and door persons (bouncers). When Derek wasn’t travelling to instruct others, training was only offered privately, and in small groups because of limited space. As the popularity of 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 moved, and 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 Training Centre, and Reliance Jiu-Jitsu, to better reflect a martial arts school. In 2005 the academy officially added classes in Brazilian (Gracie) Jiu-jitsu.

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 Alliance Jiu-Jitsu Academy in 2007), doubled it’s physical space, and moved 145 paces North, to it’s current headquarters, unit 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.

After further expansion into the leadership fitness areas, The school name Bindner Academy was introduced introduced in 2018, to encompass the multitude of programs offered.

If you have a group, organization, business, or school that is looking for a health and protection training, and would like to incorporate regular on-going classes, an 8-week course, or an hour workshop, Bindner Academy customizes programs to suit your needs as required.

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