Kendo, Iaido and Jodo
The West Australian Kendo Renmei (Inc), (WAKR), serves as the West Australian branch of the Australian Kendo Renmei, which in turn serves as the Australian branch of the Federation of International Kendo (FIK).
This structure is enforced by the FIK to maintain control on the growth and development of Kendo world wide. In particular the FIK tries to maintain a fixed "style" which is very rare among the martial arts.
The WAKR was founded by Ramon Lawrence and Michael Parsonage in 1986, officially commencing training on the 21st September. The WAKR was set up along the lines of some other successfully run sporting organisations with all its officers elected each year at the AGM. The committee consists of these officers together with one delegate from each club with a membership of more than ten members. The clubs are run independently but collaborate on matters to do with the WAKR.
Training is conducted in Kendo, Seitei Iaido and Seitei Jodo. In addition, advanced students of Iaido and Jodo study Koryu (Classical Styles), Iaido: Tamiya Ryu and Muso Shinden Ryu; Jodo: Shindo Muso Ryu.