Wado Ryu karate was first brought to Australia by Sensei Wally Maclean in 1967. Sensei Maclean was
originally a Judo practitioner and after fifteen years of running a Judo school he decided to learn Karate.
In 1964 at the age of fifty-one he first commenced his study of karate.
In 1966 Sensei Maclean traveled to Japan where he was introduced to one of the leading instructors of the
Wado-Ryu style, Sensei Kazuo Sakai.
Sensei Maclean commenced his study of the Wado-Ryu style at Sensei Sakai's dojo in Yokohama where he
received his Shodan grading. Shortly after returning to Melbourne he commenced teaching Wado-Ryu Karate.
Wado Ryu was brought to Western Australia by one of Sensei Wally McClean's Students Sensei Wally Jinman
sometime in the late 1970's.
On arriving in WA Sensei Jinman started the Geraldton Wado Ryu Karate club. The club still operates today
as Midwest Wado Ryu Karate.
The Australian Wado Ryu Karate-do Academy - Western Australia has clubs in Busselton, Dongara, Geraldton, Nabawa and
The Australian Wado Ryu Karate-do Academy - Western Australia instructors have trained in the Wado-Ryu Karate-Do
Renmei Honbu dojo and regularly attended seminars conducted by Sensei M. Shiomitsu, Chief Instructor of the Wado-Ryu
Karate-Do Academy or his representatives.
This is to ensure that standard of Wado Ryu karate taught adheres as close as possible to the correct method of
practice and instruction as intended by the Grand Master Hironori Ohtsuka