Joseph Sandona

Senior Instructor

3rd Degree Black Belt


Joseph began training in 1997 with IMT  at the age of 8.  His initial years were under Chief Instructor Peter Cameron at the Redcliffe class. A couple of years later Mr Cameron handed over this class to Instructor Jason Parker who continued Joseph’s training to achieving his black belt in 2001 at the young age of 12. Over the next four years Joseph continued his training at Redcliffe and was promoted to the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt in 2005.


In 2006 Joseph undertook Assistant Instructor roles at the Redcliffe classes. In 2008 the Bald Hills class required a new Instructor which was passed onto Joseph and his brother Robert. Despite teaching at Bald Hills, he still insured to continue his own development at Redcliffe and in 2010 he was promoted to the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt.


Over the years Joseph has competed in many All-Style Tournaments. His first major results were in 2010 at the Australian Martial Arts Championships (AMAC) Queensland State Titles where he took out 1st and 2nd Place in Open Black Belt Contact and Non-Contact Point Sparring respectively. In 2012 he travelled to Sydney and competed at the AMAC Australian National Titles where he won National Champion in the Open Black Belt Freestyle Sparring, and was also awarded Australian Athlete of the Year. His success at this tournament earned him a place in the AMAC Australian Squad, which in 2013 travelled to Tokyo to compete at the Japanese Martial Arts Championships. At this tournament he placed 3rd in Open Black Belt Hard Forms, however this was the extent of his participation in Japan due to suffering a serious knee injury during his first sparring event.


With 16+ years of training behind him, Joseph’s passion for teaching and practicing Tae Kwon Do has not faltered. Joseph’s expertise comes from a strong focus on perfecting technique to develop great power without relying on physical strength which allows him to maintain speed to outpace his opponents. The culmination of this focus has lead to a passion for practicing advance techniques with his favourites including the jumping and spinning kicks, in particular the jump spin hook kick. Joseph’s other favourite areas of Tae Kwon Do include dynamic kicking, board breaking and knife defence.



  • Started Training in 1997
  • Received the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt in 2001
  • Received the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt in 2005
  • Received the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt in 2010
  • Founding member of the Institute Of Modern Tae Kwon Do
  • Started instructing own class in 2008
  • Australian Martial Arts Championships - State Title 2010  
    - State Champion Black Belt Contact Point Sparring  
    - 2nd Place Black Belt Non-Contact Point Sparring
  • Australian Martial Arts Championships - State Title 2011  
    - 2nd Place Black Belt Point Sparring  
    - 2nd Place Black Belt Freestyle Sparring  
    - 3rd  Place Black Belt Contact Point Sparring
  • Australian Martial Arts Championships 2012  - State Title     
    - 2nd Place Black Belt Hard Forms
  • Australian Martial Arts Championships 2012  - National Title
    - Athlete of the Year     
    - National Champion Black Belt Freestyle Sparring     
    - National Champion Team Showmanship
  • Japanese Martial Arts Championships 2013     
    - 3rd Place Black Belt Hard Forms