Gekisai Dai Ichi
Gekisai means "attack and smash". They were created by Chojun Miyagi
in 1940 and are beginner's kata,the first to be learned in some styles. Miyagi
Sensei felt that he needed some simpler katas to introduct karate to school
The Gekisai's are unique in a couple of ways. Gekisai Dai Ichi is the only
kata in Goju that ends by stepping forward rather than backwards. Both katas
include Jodan Uke which is unique to Goju. No other
Goju kata contain this technique.