Gekisai Dai Ni - Kata for Goju-Ryu Karate

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Gekisai Dai Ni - Kata for Goju-Ryu Karate

This page will help you to learn Gekisai Dai Ni. This is the second kata for Goju-Ryu Karate. Gekisai Dai Ni is known as "Attack & Destroy Two". Written kata instructions are listed below the videos.

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Demonstration of Gekisai Dai Ni - 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
    • Alternatively: open hand middle block with hook and grab
  • Step forward into hourglass stance with the right
    • Middle block with the right
    • Alternatively: open hand middle block with hook and grab
  • 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 open hand middle block with hook and grab
  • Step forward with the right quickly into hourglass stance
    • Right open hand middle block with hook and grab
  • Step back with the right into hourglass stance
    • Left open hand middle block with hook and grab
  • 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
  • Left leg steps backwards at a 45 degree and the right foot slides back a bit to cat stance
    • As the left out stretched hand pulls in palm turns towards the practitioner
    • The right hand crosses in front with palm facing outward
    • And transitions to a open hand double arm block, with the right resembling a middle block and the left a low block
    • They continue along their circular path until they are in chamber with the fingers of the left hand pointed up and the right down
    • Then a double palm strike keeping the orientation of the hands
  • Right leg steps backwards at a 45 degree and the left foot slides back a bit to cat stance
    • As the right out stretched hand pulls in palm turns towards the practitioner
    • The left hand crosses in front with palm facing outward
    • And transitions to a open hand double arm block, with the left resembling a middle block and the right a low block
    • They continue along their circular path until they are in chamber with the fingers of the right hand pointed up and the left down
    • Then a double palm strike keeping the orientation of the hands
  • The hands are pulled in slightly (keeping their orientation) as you turn the cat stance to center keeping the left foot in front
    • Double palm strike, with left hand fingers up and right down
  • Left leg steps back to attention
    • Alternatively: step back as if pressing a button with the ball of the left foot
    • Alternatively: both hands raise to shoulder level palms down then turn and come together right into left and turn as you step back into attention hands left over right
    • Alternatively: lower left palm striking hand turns so that the palm is facing the right and the right hand arcs down striking the center of the hand like a knife hand strike, right slides into the left and turn as you step back into attention with left over right
  • 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.



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