Vale Kyohei Fujiie
1953 - 2021
It is with great sadness that I must convey the passing of Mr Kyohei Fujiie, husband of Tomoko Fujiie, father of Rodan Fujiie and founder of Benalla Renshinkan Dojo. He died on 30 December in Shepparton Hospital from complications arising from COVID-19.
Kyohei established Benalla Renshikan Kendo Club in 2008. Kyohei and Tomoko were regular visitors to Nanseikan in the intervening years, usually starting their journey at 5.00am to get to Nanseikan in time for training. In recent years he and Tomoko also trained in Tatsumi Ryu Hyoho with the Melbourne Koryu Kenkyukai. Outside of martial arts, Kyohei learned the guitar so that he could perform with Tomoko in the ensembles which are her passion.
Kyohei was a warm, thoughtful, compassionate, and eternally inquisitive man. He took the meaning of his given name “to teach peace” seriously. His training was in youth counselling and education and he worked with young people with special needs, often using activities based on Kendo and Karate drills to help inspire and engage. He was a man of the world, balancing his deep love of Japanese culture with a broader, global outlook.
His commitment to improving his own Kendo and always doing his best, in spite of age and other setbacks, is something we should all aspire to.
Rest in peace old friend. We will miss you.