About us

We know the importance of teaching solid values and useful life skills in today’s world. We try to instill a sense of discipline and respect in our students, by example. We aim to help nurture students allowing them to grow, and to reach their goals for a better future.

Martial Arts is a powerful tool and Sabumnim Andre Van Tonder will forever be grateful for the influence it has had and is still making in his life. He is, was and will always remain a student of the martial arts, knowing that there is always more to learn.
In his quest to forever expand and grow this way of life, he founded and started Andre’s Taekwondo Academy and his doors will always be open for everyone willing to learn. This is a safe environment where kids will build confidence, learn and grow.

Our Mission: Creating leaders for life

"Our mission is to empower individuals with essential life skills, enabling them to become effective and compassionate leaders for life."
How do we do this? – ATA Joburg can help empower individuals by teaching them discipline, focus, perseverance, and self-confidence, which are essential life skills that can be applied in various situations. Through training, individuals can learn to face challenges, overcome obstacles, and develop a resilient mindset. Additionally, Songahm Taekwondo can promote physical fitness and mental well-being, which can improve overall health and reduce stress levels. By developing these skills and qualities, individuals can become effective and compassionate leaders who can inspire and positively influence others.


Meet the team

Andre Taekwondo


André van Tonder

Owner. 6th Degree black belt

Sabumnim Andre Van Tonder holds a 5th degree black belt in Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association) and has more than 25 years’ experience in Martial Arts.

- Chief Instructor & Owner Of Andre’s Taekwondo Academy
- Chief of Protech Division ATA South Africa
- Head of ATA Johannesburg Gauteng MASA Representative
At 3 days (5)
Milana van Tonder

1st Degree Black belt

Taekwondo Instructor

At 3 days (4)
Carol Woolf

1st Degree Black belt

Kickboxing fitness Instructor

At 3 days (6)
Lucky Mashego

4th Degree Blackbelt

Senior Instructor


We believe that discipline doesn’t have to be boring, and that if our students are having fun, we can continue to develop them. Classes are very structured and fun too.


Life skills

We are in a position where we have a degree of influence over a child’s mental/emotional development, therefore we try to use that to cultivate the following life skills (and more) : goal setting, discipline, self-discipline, courage, focus, perseverance, respect, loyalty, self-control, confidence and attitude.


Physical Development

Kids in modern society grow up into a very sedentary lifestyle. We believe that kids (and adults) need to move, daily. We are constantly encouraging and assisting students to improve their fitness levels.


Achieving a Black belt

When/if a student decides that becoming a black belt is a goal that he/she wants to achieve, we’ll be ready to take their training/intensity to new heights and help them become great martial artists.

What to expect

  • Improve Flexibility

  • Improve Fitness

  • Confidence building

  • Persevere and Reach Goals

  • Improves memory

  • Improves Core strength

  • Get physically stronger

  • Make life-long friends


  • Fitness

  • Self-defence

  • Stretching

  • Forms

  • Sparring

  • Weapon forms

  • Musical forms

  • Combat weapons

Business Hours:
Mon-Thurs 08.00 - 20.00
Fri - 08.00 - 17.00
Saturday - 08.00 - 11.00

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