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Head Instructor: Derek Bindner, 5th Dan


Derek Bindner is the CEO (Chief Encouraging Officer), founder, and head instructor of the Aikido Network. The Aikido Network is home to Bindner Jiu-jitsu Academy, the BRAVE Seminars, and Warriorfit 8 Leadership Boot Camp.

Derek Bindner is a black belt in a few styles, an ex-doorperson, and an executive and close protection veteran. Derek has traveled, trained and taught in Japan, the United States, and through Canada. He has a way of making people feel comfortable, and clearly conveying profound perspectives in every class and seminar that he teaches.

Derek’s latest projects include writing a book on leadership and resilience, researching and up-dating programs to stay current and relevant. He is passionate about how integrating practical techniques and strategies of ancient and new, with mindset, and resilience training, make a deep impact on the live’s of those he, and his team serves.

Derek resides in the London area with his wife and two daughters.

 

  • Black Belt – Yoshinkan Aikido (5th Dan)
  • Black Belt – Goshin-Ryu Jiu-Jitsu (4th Dan)
  • Black Stripe – Tae Kwon Do
  • Brown Belt – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Brown Belt – Goju Ryu Karate
  • Brown Belt – Shorin Ryu Karate
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor (LPI)
  • Warriorfit – Mental Toughness Coach (UMA)
  • BRAVE– Instructor
  • Yoga Practitioner

A internationally 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 facility headquarters in Hyde Park.

Besides teaching regular on-going weekly classes and seminars, Derek Bindner also gives interactive presentations and workshops to organizations and teams on improving leadership and resilience.

He thinks of his work as play. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, he is supercharged by helping others win.

 

 

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 Bindner’s Martial Arts Network in 2001. This achievement provided the motivation to begin private and group training in Jiu-Jitsu and Aikido. In 2005, Teresa received her Black Belt in Yoshinkan Aikido. She teaches adults and children at the dojo 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 and Jiu-Jitsu 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)

Denis started studying Aikido under sensei Bindner in 2003, and moved to Sherbrooke in 2014 for work, and holds classes for children and adults.

Assistant Instructors


 

Sempai Mirza Mesanovic, 1st Kyu

 

 

 

 

 

Sempai Mike Lozon, 1st Kyu

 

 

 

 
 

Sempai John Suderman, 2nd 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

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 weekly evening classes.

 

Coach Derek Bindner

Derek started training in BJJ in 1994 at the Defensive Tactics Institute, (a Rickson Gracie affiliate), created the personal protection system of Goshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu in 2002, and continues to train under the Dragan Alliance BJJ Team. In the fall of 2007, Derek had the distinct honour of opening the  first, official Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in the London and Middlesex region. He focuses on the self-defense aspect, and teaches all daytime, 40+, 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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