I have been practising Shotokan on and off with various instructors for 14 years but have only just come across the kata, Taikyoku Sandan - from re-reading the Karate-Do Kyohan (Funakoshi). For those Shotokan-ers of you who are not familiar with the name “Taikyoku” - Taikyoku Shodan (or number 1) is the original name of what most of us know as “Kihon Kata”. Taikyoku Sandan (number 3) incorporates frontstance, backstance, inside blocks, downward blocks and punches to both head and stomach levels. Despite its relative simplicity, I really enjoy practising it and I think its is unfortunate that it is no longer part of the syllabus. I have noticed, however, that some Goju-Ryu schools do five levels of the Taikyoku kata. What do those of you that know the Taikyoku kata think? Should they still be practised? On the subject of forgotten kata it is sad to see kata like Jiin, ****an and Meikyo hardly ever being taught or practised. IMO one of the main reasons for this is that the are not good choices for competition - but they’re got some great bunkai (applications).