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 where he commenced
teaching Wado-Ryu Karate.
Sensei Maclean was one of the founding members of the Australian Karate Federation when it was originally known as F.A.K.O. He was the first person to be
made a life member of that organisation.
After bringing the Wado style to Australia Sensei Maclean returned to Japan many times and encouraged his senior students to do likewise. He constantly tried to improve
the standard within his dojos and to adhere as close as possible to the correct method of practice and instruction as intended by the Grand Master Hironori Ohtsuka.
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. Midwest Wado Ryu is part of the Wado Ryu Academy - Western Australia which is affiliated with M Shiomitsu 9th Hanshi Shihan's Wado Ryu Karate-Do Academy and now
includes Bussellton, Dongara, Geraldton, Perth(Duncraig) and Nabawa.