Dojo History

Budokan Academy was originally is situated at Willow Pond Reception Center in Canning Vale.  It was built during the latter half of 1987 by Sensei Ramon Lawrence, and officially opened on 17th January, 1988, teaching:


  • Jishukan Ryu Jujitsu - a martial art combining Jujitsu, Kempo and Jojitsu.  Training in Jishukan Ryu Jujitsu ceased in 2004.

  • Kendo, as part of the West Australian Kendo Renmei (WAKR).  Originally, we were training in Willetton, Hilton and then Lesmurdie before moving to Canning Vale with construction of a dedicated dojo.  (Our dojo was the founding Kendo club of the WAKR in 1986.)



1988, we added Zen Ken Ren Iaido as part of the WAKR, again as the founding Iaido dojo in Western Australia.

1996, Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido was introduced, but discontinued in 2003, when we commenced teaching Tamiya Ryu Iaijitsu - which is only taught to Iaido students who are Sandan (3rd Dan) and above.


1989, we added Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo to our training schedule.  However, in 1996, we transitioned to Zen Ken Ren Jodo as part of the WAKR, again as the founding Jodo dojo in Western Australia.

Our Current Dojo

With the sale of Willow Pond mid 2020, we lost our dedicated dojo.  This resulted in the Kendo club being disbanded, and its members transferring to other WAKR clubs.  Both Iaido and Jodo found a new dojo, located at the Southern River College, in July 2020.

Our students are required to attend training regularly, and expected to exercise a strong code of ethics, etiquette and self-discipline.  Footwear is required to be worn to the dojo at all times.


We encourage our members to train in both Iaido and Jodo, but this is not mandatory.

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West Australian Kendo Renmei
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