Learn Gekisai Dai Ichi - Kata for Goju-Ryu Karate

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Learn Gekisai Dai Ichi - Kata for Goju-Ryu Karate

This page will help you to learn the Goju-Ryu kata - Gekisai Dai Ichi. This is the first main kata for Goju-Ryu Karate. The meaning of Gekisai Dai Ichi is "Attack & Destroy One". Written instructions for this kata are below the videos.

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Demonstration of Gekisai Dai Ichi - Goju-Ryu Kata

Written Kata Instructions

  • Attention stance
  • Left foot steps out into Yoi (ready stance) shoulder width apart
    • Alternatively: Yoi with feet together at attention left hand over right several inches away from the groin
    • the left hand pushes down while the right hand pushes up creating (explosive) tension
  • From either Yoi right foot steps forward and you turn left 90 degrees into hourglass stance
    • High block with left hand
    • If feet are apart in Yoi when the right foot steps forward you pivot on the center (ball and heel) of the foot so that the stance is even
    • If feet are together in Yoi left foot pivots on the heel and the right on the ball so the stance is even
    • if hands and feet are together in Yoi the right arm explodes from underneath almost like a fanning block before turning
    • Then the framing and execution of the high block is completed
  • Step forward into hourglass stance with the right foot
    • High punch with the right hand
  • Step back into square/horse stance so that the body is facing the direction of the attention stance
    • Low block with the left
  • Turn the body 90 degrees and left foot slides behind the right into hourglass stance
    • High block with the right hand
  • Step forward into hourglass stance with the left leg
    • High punch with the left hand
  • Step back into square/horse stance so that the body is facing the direction of the attention stance
    • Low block with the right
  • Left leg steps in and then forward into hourglass stance
    • Middle block with the left
  • Step forward into hourglass stance with the right
    • Middle block with the right
  • Left front kick and land in a front stance
    • Left elbow strike as blocking right hand pulls back into chamber
    • Left downward back fist face level
    • Left hand transitions to low block
    • And right hand punches with a "Kiai"
  • Turn right 90 degrees into a ready stance (with head facing to right)
    • Right knife hand strike to the side of the temple
    • Alternatively: during this transition the back leg of the previous front stance lifts up as if avoiding a sweep
  • Turn right 90 degrees to right, step forward with the left into hourglass stance
    • Left hand middle block
  • Right front kick and land in a front stance
    • Right elbow strike as blocking left hand pulls back into chamber
    • Right downward back fist face level
    • Right hand transitions to low block
    • Left hand punches with a "Kiai"
  • Turn left 90 degrees into a ready stance (with head facing to left)
    • Left knife hand strike to the side of the temple
    • Alternatively: during this transition the back leg of the previous front stance lifts up as if avoiding a sweep
  • Turn left 90 degrees and left leg steps back into front stance
    • As stepping back left hand pulls back as if pulling the arm of an opponent
    • Left hand in chamber palm down, right in chamber palm up
    • Double punch with left hand to the lungs and right to the stomach
    • Alternatively: when stepping back the left hand turns in like an open handed fanning block
    • Right hand in chamber comes out and performs a middle block
    • Then both hands pull back to chamber with left palm down and right palm up
    • Then double punch
  • Step forward into ready stance
    • Reverse fist orientation
    • Alternatively: Step forward feet together, both knees bent
    • Right arm turns in as if for a fanning block
    • Left arm arcs around in front for a middle block
    • Then both hands are pulled back into chamber in the revers orientation they were before in the prior step
  • Step back with the right leg into front stance
    • Double punch, right hand to the heart and left to the liver
  • Step forward into attention stance
    • Alternatively: open left hand
    • Turn right fist to palm facing up and place it in the open hand
    • Open the right hand
    • Step forward to attention as the hands turn staying left over right and return to the beginning position
  • Bow

Alternative Steps: Being slight variations found in different schools that do not compromise the integrity of the form and are based on personal preference.

References

  1. Goju Karate Australia, Kata, http://gojukarateaustralia.com.au/kata.html, Added - 08/29/14
  2. EGKA, The twelve Kata of Goju-Ryu Karate, http://www.egka.org.uk/kata.php, Added - 08/29/14



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