"To defeat by smashing"









The Chinese character for "geki" means to defeat and the character "sai" means to smash or demolish.   Dai ichi and dai ni mean No. 1 and No 2 respectively.

The Gekisai kata contain powerful, basic movements that are quite easy to learn and interpret although many of the techniques have multiple applications as they were distilled from more advanced kata.

Note that these kata, as with all kata, begin with a defensive move - there is no first strike in Karate.

Members can proceed to the Gekisai materials page for videos and other instructional material relating to the Gekisai series of kata.





  Gekisai dai ichi

Gekisai dai ichi was developed by Chojun Miyagi in 1940 when he and Shorin master Shoshin Nagamine were asked to develop basic kata for the popularisation of karate with school children.  Miyagis kata in particular  filled the need for relatively simple, easy to learn but aggressive kata with the destructive potential required for effective self defence.   Originally named Fukyugata ni (Nagamine's being Fukyugata ichi), Miyagi changed the name of his kata to Gekisai dai ichi when he developed a second version, Gekisai dai ni.

Gekisai dai ichi features techniques clearly taken from the more advanced Goju kata such as Shisochin and Suparinpei and reset into more basic form.

Gekisai dai ichi is required for White 3.



Gekisai dai ni

Gekisai dai ni is a development of Gekisai dai ichi in as much as it contains more advanced techniques.  In particular, the kata replaces some of the chudan uke (chest blocks) with hike uke (hooking blocks), zenkutsu dachi (forward stances) with neko ashi dachi (cat stances) and chudan morote zuki (chest level augmented punches) with the advanced block mawashi uke (roundhouse block) and tora guchi (tiger mouth push).

Gekisai dai ni is required for White 4.




    Gekisai tuide

Gekisai tuide is a 2 person "lock flow" drill, containing locks and holds found in the Geksai kata.

It can be practised standing or on the ground.  All three versions can be found at the above link, while one of them is illustrated in the video to the right.

Gekisai tuide is required for White 4.


Gekisai ground tuide

    Gekisai embu

Gekisai embu is a 2 person version of Geksai dai ichi and ni that can also be performed as a single person form.  A clip of Geksai embucan be seen to the right.  The above link contains a detailed instructional guide to the embu, however a shorter video can be found to the right.

Gekisai embu is required for White 4.


Gekisai ichi embu