Okay, going to give this a shot!
This post is an attempt to collect some data on what the posters here feel karate kata were and were not designed for. Perhaps it can give a greater insight into what the masses feel is the purpose of kata and may be interesting for those who consider kata the heart of their karate to see what the rest of the karate community thinks.
Below are some suggestions as to what a karateka might feel is the purpose of kata in their respective style. You may choose multiple options. Have fun!
Note: I have attempted to word the poll well, but found it quite difficult, please do not be too 'exacting' and click choose a category if you feel it was aimed at what you do but worded poorly. Failing this choose other and state it!
"Its only pain, it wont hurt you"