The Grampian and Northern Karate Association (GNKA) was formed in 1985 by Sensei Brian Bothwell 7th Dan. Brian has been training in karate for over 40 years and is the president and chief instructor for the organisation. He is also an SKGB (Scottish Karate Governing Body) approved and ratified grading examiner.
The association is one of the largest karate organisations in Scotland with members spread throughout the North East. The GNKA has many clubs in the region including: Aberdeen, Portlethen, Inverbervie, Inverurie, Stonehaven, Ellon, Fraserburgh etc.