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“Self-Defense and Leadership in Action”




What is Warriorfit?

Warriorfit is an integrated self-defense, functional fitness, and mental toughness training program for Westerners, that unlocks human potential, and empowers you to be a better leader in conflict.

Warriorfit is NOT a martial arts course, using a uniform or a belt testing system. It is about preparing for life’s everyday battles, through mental toughness, physical readiness, emotional control and self-defense training.

Who is Warriorfit for?

You can be more confident, courageous and disciplined in your life. Warriorfit is for those who want to overcome fear, increase their personal safety, and be able to protect themselves and their family from harm. The Warriorfit lifestyle allows you to stand up for your beliefs, and to act with clarity, purpose, and intentionality. This includes professionals, executives, athletes, stay-at-home moms and dads, young people entering university or college, world travellers and anyone who seeks personal security and peace of mind.

Why Warriorfit?

We live in an uncertain and unpredictable world, and life favours the prepared in mind, body and spirit. We have time constraints which pull at us from all directions, including work, family, friends, and unknown threats. Now more than ever, we need “sheepdogs” and leaders that are mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally fit. When an individual is Warriorfit, they are more capable of leading in the midst of conflict and chaos with clarity and purpose. We believe that there is a leader and warrior within everyone, but sometimes it takes a little help to awaken these human characteristics. We teach proven techniques and strategies to make positive, sustainable life changes, and achieve personal peak performance levels.

Mental Toughness Training


 Learn how to develop:

  • Warrior Spirit
  • Mental Toughness
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Physical Readiness
  • Keen Awareness


Program Details

The Warriorfit program is divided into 22 lessons, with each 60 minute class allowing you to complete the course at your own pace. Each lesson is designed so that you can start at any point in the course, and complete the 22 lessons in any order.

In the striking, grappling and defensive portion of the Warriorfit program, you will learn the 22 essential self-defense techniques from the most common attacks, ranging from a common wrist grab assault from standing, to being pinned to the ground by an aggressive assailant. Warriorfit defensive training is based on the practical application of technique and leverage to overcome an opponent. It does not rely on strength, size or speed, but rather the intelligent use of strategy, technique and spirit, to overcome an attack. This unique program includes safe methods of falling, and employing the mechanical advantage, using fulcrums and levers, proper body mechanics, combining well-timed movements, efficient techniques and the intelligent use of strategies to overcome a level 3 conflict assault. This type of intelligent training will not only lower the frequency and severity of injuries, but will also lower the amount of energy you use to accomplish your objectives.  Warriorfit is a moral and ethical program that any adult or teen can learn, regardless of age or fitness level.

The functional fitness portion of the Warriorfit program utilizes one’s own bodyweight with minimal equipment to create a fun, safe and injury free exercise experience. You can start the program anytime and participate in any class without previous experience.

The leadership portion draws from ancient warrior wisdom and the bushido code of ethics. Our first premise of Warriorfit training is to “win in the mind before setting foot on the battlefield”.

Upon registration, you will receive a Warriorfit workbook and attendance card on which we will track your progress until course completion. Once you have successfully completed each of the 22 lessons, you will be awarded a certificate at the time of graduation.

On-going, indoor/outdoor classes are held Saturday mornings at 10:00, and/or Tuesday evenings at 6:30. Choose to attend one or both of the weekly classes. No prior experience required, and you don’t have to be an athlete to begin. 

Warriorfit is remarkably effective, fun, and scalable to meet the needs of both beginners and advanced trainees.

Warriorfit Safety

Our instructors teach and demonstrate all the physical skills, and coach warriors during practice. You will be amazed by the power and control you will develop as you learn and practice simple concepts under the safe supervision of our highly trained certified coaches.


The Coach

Warriorfit was developed by Derek Bindner, former executive and close protection specialist team leader. He designed this program to meet the specific needs of individuals who want to tap into their leadership potential and to reach their peak performance.

Derek Bindner has extensive training in martial arts and combat sports over a 30 year period.  His credentials include a 5th degree black belt in Aikido, as well as black belts in Ju-jitsu and Tae kwon do.  In addition, he is a bronze medalist in Kickboxing. He coaches three Brazilian Jiu-jitsu multiple gold medal earners.  Over a 12 year period, he was a veteran door person and dealt with many conflict and threatening situations.


What benefits will I receive?

The benefits of Warriorfit training go far beyond improved self-defense skills. Participants will enjoy:

  • Greater self-confidence
  • Higher degree of assertiveness and self-awareness
  • Enhanced peace of mind
  • Stronger Self-Motivation
  • Increased self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Increased focus and effectiveness in conflict
  • Heightened sense of composure and serenity during chaos, stress, or conflict
  • Intensified feelings of “Awake and Alive”


Life favours the prepared in mind, body and spirit. A prepared individual is unbeatable!

“The Warriorfit program run by Derek Bindner at the Aikido Network is a challenging and enjoyable workout. The self-defense program Derek teaches as part of the boot camp is practical and he gives detailed instruction on how and when to implement each technique. As usual, Derek always keeps the mood of the sessions light and fun but works his students hard at the same time. Highly recommended and I will be returning again when I can fit it into my schedule.”

John Hauffe, MA
Co-Owner Mac Outpost and Outpost2
London, Ontario, Canada


Classes are on-going, and is limited to only 20 participants. Call 519-660-0992 or email us at info@aikidonetwork.com to register NOW!

SIGN UP NOW and Tap into the Warrior within!

Before applying to the Warriorfit program, all candidates should make themselves familiar with the definition below…

Kokoro Leadership:

Kokoro is a Japanese term that means “Merging your heart and mind together in action”.

You are a leader. Whether it’s being a leader to yourself, your clients, team members, friends, or your kids, you lead.

We believe that there is an athlete, leader and warrior within everyone. The question is, how do you lead?

There are many different ways to lead, depending on your personality. A Kokoro leader defines leadership as a verb, not a noun, and leads by example. A Kokoro leader knows exactly who they are, their purpose, their values, what they stand for, and merges their mind and their heart in action.

Kokoro leadership is a powerful, selfless, motivating and unique leadership style which is rooted in Bushido. Bushido is a Japanese word for “The way of the warrior”. In other words, it is a particular moral code of excellence, strength and bravery, in service to humanity.

To be a Kokoro leader is to embody the character traits of discipline, drive, determination, integrity, respect, service, honor, courage, compassion and confidence. An Aikido Network leader wins in the mind before the battle, and knows that in a crisis situation, one never rises to their level of expectation, but rather sinks to his/her level of training. A Kokoro leader is constantly seeking improvement to better serve others, and is on a never-ending path to self-mastery. The Kokoro leader strives to forge an unbeatable mind, an unconquerable spirit, strength in the body, and emotional resilience. He/she also grows in wisdom, and develops strong intuition. The Kokoro leader believes in establishing peace and harmony, and sees adversity as opportunity. A Warrior leader is aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses, seeks mentors for guidance, and forms strategic alliances to advance and secure the mission for the greater good. Kokoro leaders know that failure is encountered on the road to success, which leads to significance, and chooses to always fail forward fast and grow from his/her mistakes. The Kokoro leader sees FEAR as a False Evidence Appearing Real, and understands that conflict does not equal contest.  Instead, the Kokoro leader seeks a win-win, or win-learn outcome, and takes extreme ownership.

Besides serving unselfishly, the greatest asset of the Kokoro leader is his/her ability to radiate truth, wisdom and love. This is demonstrated when putting the team, or others first, and being mindful of the big picture. Great leaders know that inspiration, motivation and momentum are driven by passion and purpose, and are fueled by the mission. Everyone has a desire to be part of something bigger, and to have a sense of pride in making a difference.

With leadership comes great responsibility and accountability. This is not taken lightly, because… “Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership”.  -John Maxwell

When you are called to go first, how will you lead?



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