I don't practice the Pinan Heian series of Kata or even Kushanku/Kanku Dai as I don't feel that they are correct for me in my Karate. I don’t attend many possible seminars due to the fact they seem to be focused on the Pinan/Heian series. I always ask for Bassai (Dai) or Nieseishi/Nijushiho but to no avail.
They are probably the mostly practiced Kata in the world but for me and a few other Styles we just don't touch them.
Are we wrong to not consider them or do you find like I did for example that if you practice Kushanku/Kanku Dai there should be no need for them.
For many they are seen as training kata for school children as this is where they were original introduced to prevent the children form learning lethal techniques too early in their journey
Prior to them being created by Itosu Sensei many schools practiced the Naihanchi/Tekki series of Kata. Surely these are much better for the Karateka than the Pinan/Heian series. I can understand that they are the foundation to many Karateka’s arsenal of Kata but please, the Pinan are a lot younger than some of the older kata practiced, how can they be the roots of something older.