From CPA to sensei

From CPA to sensei

Owner of his own martial arts dojo, CPA Lane Binetruy shows that pursuing your professional and personal passions are worth the (sometimes literal) bumps and bruises along the way.

This article appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Capitalize magazine, CPA Alberta’s publication targeted to post-secondary students | By Elyse Nabata

Lane Binetruy

Lane Binetruy CPA, CMA

Some may not feel that accounting and martial arts go together, but Lane Binetruy CPA, CMA proves that it can be a knockout combination. Lane is owner of an Arashi-Do Martial Arts dojo in Edmonton. He worked as an accountant in the oil and gas industry for 10 years before making the jump to running the dojo full-time.

Lane credits his CPA-to-sensei journey to the skills, confidence, and community he developed through martial arts. He received his designation at the age of 24, while competing in martial arts at a high level. Lane started off by primarily competing in Taekwondo, earning his black belt in 2003. “I would sometimes show up at the office with bumps and bruises. A lot of the older accountants told me: ‘You are the most un-accountant accountant,’” he says.

Originally from Taber, Lane moved to Edmonton to finish his education. He initially joined a martial arts studio in Edmonton as a way to find a community, make friends, and have something to do.

As he became more engrained in Edmonton’s martial arts community, Lane began training in other disciplines including Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. “I began to gravitate more towards self-defense and less towards sport. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a grappling art rooted in self-defense. It’s what I teach at the dojo, and it’s great for children because it teaches them to be aware of their surroundings, to control a situation before it escalates, and how a smaller person can defend themselves against a larger assailant,” explains Lane.

When asked how he was able to find balance while competing in martial arts and completing his designation, Lane’s answer is a bit surprising: “Martial arts was how I found balance. It’s what prepared me for my accreditation, case studies, interviews, and work pressures.” Lane goes on to explain that martial arts taught him discipline, confidence, and the ability to deal with challenging situations. He also believes martial arts gave him the confidence to own a business and live his passion. “You need something to counterbalance life’s stresses. It’s toxic to let stress and pressure define you. I genuinely believe that nothing offers the ‘full package’ the way that martial arts does as far as body, mind, and spirit. We have a mantra at the dojo right now: Arashi-Do = Real. Life. Benefits.”

Lane was seeking a community when he moved to Edmonton, and now he has built one through his dojo. “It’s my home away from home. I always wanted to be able to provide an environment where people can feel safe, be themselves, and make connections. The dojo is a place where people from all walks of life can come, interact, train together, and create longlasting relationships. It is the best job in the world,” reflects Lane.

Lane says his designation and business education have been very beneficial to both him and others within his organization, and have helped the dojo succeed. That success and the community he’s helped build are what Lane considers his greatest accomplishments in martial arts. “The team, community, and family that I’ve built through Arashi-Do are what I’m most proud of. People find themselves here. All of my medals, trophies, and belts—they’re nice reminders, but they are not the same as the community we’ve built.”

Some may be intimidated to try martial arts, especially at an older age, but Lane insists that it’s never too late to get into martial arts or try something new. “You’re not too old; you’re not too out of shape. You can talk yourself out of anything, but I think it’s important to talk yourself into the right things.”

If anything can be learned from Lane’s story, it’s to find balance through passions outside of school or work, take risks, and never let stereotypes define you.

Martial Arts Facts:

  • Taekwondo is a Korean martial art. It is recognized as one of the oldest forms of martial arts in the world, dating back over 2,000 years. The word comes from Tae, meaning to kick or jump; Kwon, meaning fist or hand; and Do, which means “the way.”
  • Muay Thai originates from Thailand and is known as the “art of eight limbs,” as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins.
  • Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a defensive martial art focused on grappling and ground fighting. It was adapted/created by a Brazilian politician who learned from a Japanese Jiu-jitsu fighter that immigrated to Brazil in 1914.

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