The Gekisai Kata (Gekisai Ichi & Gekisai Ni) where developed by Chojun Miyagi Sensei to be taught to beginners in karate training. They were designed to popularise Goju Karate and make it more accessible to those taking their first steps into karate.
Gekisai Ni follows the same basic format as Gekisai Ichi, but introduces the karateka to some more advanced techniques.
When turning to face the back the single Chudan block is replaced by the more advanced Kake Uke block, performed three times, with an additional forward and backward step.
The kata also ends with Nekoashi dachi (Cat Stance) whilst introducing moves to the front left and front right directions. The Neko Ashi stance is accompanied
by the more technical Mawashi Uke (circular block).
Gekisai Ni introduces the karateka to combining open and closed hand techniques.
Broseley Goju Kan typically teach Gekesai Ni starting at White Belt (7th Kyu) grades