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Sempai Aki

Sempai Aki Hays

Home Management

Pilates Teacher
20 Yrs in Practiced Health & Wellness
Unschooled 3 Children
Certified in Permaculture
B.A. Sports and Recreation
Co-Founder of Awaken

Sempai Aki has spent the last 25 years raising and homeschooling her 3 children, raising animals, growing food, building a strawbale house, fostering sustainable living skills and creating fermented and nutrient dense foods. Recently, she has taken a year long teacher training program to become a Pilates Instructor.

Aki, along with Sr Professor Shizumi co-founded Awaken in 2016; a women’s empowerment community that specializes in Life Coaching and Women’s Retreats.

Martial ArtsSempai Aki Hays - Nidan

Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu® Instructor
Nidan (2nd Deg.), Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu®

Sempai Aki has been training with Senior Grandmaster Crimi and Professor Crimi since 2012, and earned her Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Hikari Ryuza Bujutsu in 2017. She continues to move forward and received her Nidan (2nd degree black belt) in April, 2019. She teaches at the Hikari Ryuza Center, assists in teaching classes for Nevada County’s volunteer deputies
and retired law enforcement, and volunteers her time assisting in the Women’s Self Defense course (Hikari Ryuza Fujin Goshin No Maki®), which has trained over 1,000 women.

“I feel honored to have gotten my Black Belt under Senior Grandmaster Crimi. Becoming a part of the Dojo Family has been one of the best decisions I’ve made.”

-Sempai Aki Hays