Fumi was introduced to Pilates at UH Manoa in 1999. Over 20 years later, she returned to Manoa as a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in Pilates based rehab. She has decades of experience in wellness leadership that started with her position as the Fitness Director of Bally’s Total Fitness in Brooklyn, NY. It was in NY that she embarked on her first Balanced Body Reformer Teacher Training in 2002.
After moving to Austin, TX, she was appointed Program Coordinator for Yoga, Pilates, and Dance at the Townlake YMCA. While in graduate school at Texas Woman’s University, she taught undergraduate dance coursework and dance conditioning at the department’s Pilates studio. In Seoul, Korea, she was an apprentice with Trust Dance Co., toured for one season, and then became the Artistic Director for Some Dance Co. She was then recruited as a Visiting Professor for the School of the Arts at the prestigious Sungkyunkwan University. In 2012, she completed her first 550-hour comprehensive Pilates teacher training through Polestar Pilates Asia.
While pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, she completed her second comprehensive teacher training with Polestar’s Transition Intensive in Miami, FL. In 2018 she passed the National Certified Pilates Teacher exam and completed her doctoral research, titled Pilates Based Postoperative Management of Total Hip Arthroplasty with Contralateral Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head. After moving back to Hawaii, she was accepted to the first cohort of Balanced Body’s Community Expansion Program. She then completed her third 520-hour comprehensive teacher training with Balanced Body in 2022.
In addition to Pilates and physical therapy, she has also devoted several years of study to Hatha Yoga, completing over 500 hours of teacher training in Ashtanga, Anusara, Integral, Yin, Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga, and is a certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Fumi is dedicated to diversifying the Pilates community, creating positive changes in the field, and sharing her multifaceted knowledge of the body and movement along the way.