by Kazuhiro Ohashi
Two years ago I had the great honor to meet a very dedicated, earnest and serious student of Ohashiatsu. That is to say this student wasn’t overly rigid or strict with herself, just that she was focused and eager with regards to her studies. I first met Kelly Kempter in December of 2015 at Ohashi’s yearly 4-day practical course at Integral Yoga Institute. The thing I remember most about Kelly from that class was that she was very organized. She had emailed me previously from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she had studied Ohashiatsu with one of our former COIs. Kelly also has a very successful practice in Ann Arbor; Kaizen Healing Arts. Kelly was very happy to be coming to NYC to study directly with Ohashi. Besides taking the practical course, she also wanted to take Ohashi’s one-on-one tutorial and receive a session from him as well. She emailed me before leaving Michigan to guarantee her reservation for these additional activities. She asked important questions about how to prepare for her travels to the East Coast. Ohashi appreciates this type of careful preparation. In his viewpoint, a student isn’t just paying for a course, they are also spending their time for Ohashi. Furthermore, they are not only spending money for his class, they are also spending it to travel, to stay away from home, to eat and all the other expenses that come with traveling. Ohashi is thinking about this when a student comes from far away. For him, it’s that dedication that he appreciates and that he wants to honor, — by greeting them when they arrive and giving his best teaching. Finally, Ohashi is a big fan of maximizing one’s time. Kelly did just that. If Kelly was going to travel all the way from Michigan, dedicate four days to staying in NYC and learning directly from Ohashi, then she was going to get the most out of it. That is why it was important to her to take the tutorial (which she stayed an extra day for) and receive a session from Ohashi. She understood that this opportunity, the experience, was at the right time. She took full advantage of her trip.
For me, most impressively, Kelly was one of the first students to arrive at class each morning. And she was, of course, on time to her tutorial. (Also, her gi was perfectly neat and to the specification of the Ohashiatsu guidelines.) This was her dedication showing through. When you are early and ready the class is already a success, the session is already a success, the day is already successful. Kelly knew these things and Ohashi was happy to witness this.
Well, I’m happy to report that I was able to meet Kelly again recently. Last month, after many email exchanges, Kelly was able to come to our office and home in the forest in Kinderhook, NY for her final graduation exam with Ohashi. Because Ohashi’s schedule is so busy this year it was a bit of a challenge to organize a time for her visit, but we figured it out. Kelly drove from Michigan with her husband Scott (after attending a rally in D.C!). It was a lovely visit and Kelly was able to meet Bonnie, my mother. The five of us spent some quality time together before and after the exam. Well, of course Kelly passed her exam and was happy to receive feedback on her technique from Ohashi. The Ohashiatsu family of graduates and Certified Instructors extend congratulations and admiration to Kelly for her dedication to Ohashiatsu and to her own personal development.
Kelly already has established a successful healing arts practice and we know that her continued investment in education and experience will serve her well.
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