Sensei Gordon Mathie is the Founder of the TKA.
He has been training & teaching since 1971.
At the age of 8yr or 9yrs old, Gordon was sent along to his local Karate class, by his parents, as a way to use up his excess energy & instill some discipline.
Sensei seems to have found his vocation in life putting his whole heart and soul into his training. Sensei has been fortunate to compete at the highest level, being the first Scot, in the history of the KUGB (1966 to present day) to be selected to compete as part of the Great Britain Team, this was back in 1994, in 1998 GB lost to Japan in the final of the JKA (Japan Karate Association) World championships in Paris, France.
These championships are held every 2 years; in 2000 in Tokyo, Japan, once again Gordon was selected, again reaching the finals, on the way to the finals defeating the current World Champions (Sweden) but losing out to Belgium, finishing in 3rd place.
Sensei has been fortunate enough to win many, Scottish & British medals, including World silver and bronze medals before retiring in 2004
Sensei through forming the TKA, has also returned to competition, in his 50's, proving that age is only a number, winning double silver (Kata & Kumite at the 2017 European Championships) & 2018 at the World Championships, taking Silver Medal in the veterans Kumite event.
Over the years of instructing / coaching (KUGB Scottish coach over 20 years), many of his students have also been successful in the competition arena, winning medals at all level, both domestic, European & World level.
Sensei, has trained with and been instructed by some of the worlds leading Shotokan Karate instructors over the years these being Sensei Enoeda, Andy Sherry, Frank Brennan,Terry O'Neill, Alex MacGregor, Gene Dunnett, Eck Duncan, Hamish Adam & more recently with Yahara & Malcolm Dorfman Sensei (KWF), John Mullin & Richard Amos (WTKO).