Anders Hepinstall

Ander_profileAnders Hepinstall 1st Dan – Instructor

Anders has been training in Shito Ryu Karate for 10 years and has held the rank of 1st Dan since 28th October 2007.

I originally began training in Karate in the 1980’s under Sensei Joe Coop at the Chojinkai Karate Association in Newcastle. When I began searching for a way to keep myself healthy and fit here in Sale, I realised that a gym was never going to keep me interested for long. I felt that I had to return to a martial art in order to keep my mind going as well as my body.

Beginning again in 2003 under Sensei Ian Swain, I was attracted to the discipline, fitness and mental rigour that Karate offers. Sensei Swain is an inspirational leader, he keeps me thinking and on my toes – and is always encouraging his students to demand more of themselves. His warm and open style permeates the club and has inspired me to be more confident and to try to emulate his skill in keeping training sessions interesting, dynamic and demanding. I feel very fortunate to have found Sale Dojo.

I work in the plastics industry, discussing Perspex® with customers in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia. Being half Swedish, I have learned and enjoyed languages from an early age, through university and eventually into my career. I speak German and Swedish (and a little French) and believe that everyone should try heading north instead of south for a summer holiday at least once!