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Head Instructor: Sensei Derek Bindner, 5th Dan

Derek Bindner is the founder and head instructor of Aikido Network Training Centre and Bindner Jiu-jitsu Academy. He has a long and varied background in the martial arts and combat sports, that began with his involvement in highschool wrestling 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 many “conflict rich” environments.

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).  In 1994, Derek started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Defensive Tactics Institute, and continues his training with Dragan Konjevic, of the Alliance BJJ Federation. While employed as a close protection specialist, and defensive tactics instructor, he founded Tactical Defense Solutions, as a part time academy, on July 5th 1997, and then started teaching full time in 1999. In October 2007, Derek registered the region’s first official Brazilian Jiu-jitsu academy.

Sensei Bindner is a registered and Certified Instructor with both the Aikido Yoshinkan Federation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and the Alliance Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, based in Atlanta, USA. In 2010, he completed the Aikido instructor training program in Kamakura, Japan at the Tsurugoaka Shrine, and participated in Misogi and other ceremonies dedicated to intense training. He has studied Shakyo (caligraphy), 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. In 2017, he completed the Unbeatable Mind foundations course at the SEALfit headquarters, in San Diego, California.

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 teacher, Derek Bindner is a frequent guest instructor at training seminars throughout Ontario, Quebec and San Diego, California.  As lead instructor, assisted by a talented staff of instructors, in three locations, he teaches regularly at his dojo headquarters located in Hyde Park.

Besides teaching regular on-going weekly classes, Derek Bindner also gives interactive presentations to organizations and teams on improving human performance by navigating fear and conflict.

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 those they touch.

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 Dr. David Vollick, 3rd 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 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 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 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 Dr. Marty Bezaire, 1st Dan

Marty has been studying martial arts since 1994, and aikido under Sensei Bindner since 2010. He has previously worked as a kinesiologist and personal trainer. Currently he works as a local physician, trained at Western University, who has a split practice in family medicine as well as in community emergency medicine. He has a passion for trying and sharing new foods, enjoys hiking, music, and sharing his interests with his family and friends.



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


Assistant Instructors

Sempai Mirza Mesanovic, 1st Kyu






Sempai Mike Lozon, 2nd Kyu










Sempai John Suderman, 3rd Kyu

John started his aikido journey in 2013. He initially began his lessons in the family class with his two sons. John currently helps in the kids class were he enjoys seeing the kids progress and reach new levels of focus and confidence.  John’s other activities include drawing, meditation and metal art.










Sempai Nichola Thompson, 4th Kyu









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.




Sempai Adam Lowe, 4th Kyu









Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Instructors

Coach 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. Tyler teaches the weekday evening classes.



Coach Derek Bindner, Brown belt (candidate)

Derek is a black belt in Goshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu, and a brown belt (candidate) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He started training in BJJ in 1994 at the Defensive Tactics Institute, and continues to train under the Dragan Alliance Team. In the fall of 2007, Derek opened the first official Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school in the London and Middlesex region, and teaches all daytime and weekend classes and private lessons.








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.




Instructors, Coaches and Mentors to Derek Bindner


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.



Technical BJJ Advisor

Dragan Konjevic, 3rd degree black belt

Head Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor of Dragan Alliance, Dragan started in the mid 90s, however before that he trained any other martial arts he could get his hands on such as; kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, Judo and Sambo. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has been his passion since 1996, where he has been the official representative for many years of Alliance BJJ Team. This allowed him to learn from some of the best grapplers on the planet such as; Marcelo Garcia, Charles Rubens Cobrina, and Fabio Gurgel as well as many others.



Mental Toughness Coach

Commander Mark Divine, SEALfit and Unbeatable Mind Coach
Mark Divine is an expert in human performance as it is displayed in mental toughness, leadership and physical readiness. His work is based on an integral warrior-leader model that he developed and tested on over a thousand special operations candidates worldwide. The integrated training, which involves physical, mental, emotional, intuitional and spiritual training, has resulted in over a 90% success rate for the Spec Ops candidates. It is now taught to executives and corporate teams, tops sports teams, top athletes, professionals, first responders and warriors from all walks of life.

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