Karate has developed into one of the most popular martial arts with people taking part around the globe. This is possibly because it has all the elements that you will want in a martial art. In Karate, it is possible to engage in competitions all over the world or you can learn it to help you get fit in both mind and body or you can use the skills to help you look after yourself and your family. Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and everyone from all age groups can master kicks, punches and strikes in this all round system. This really is one of the few martial arts where the whole family can participate. This article is going to give you a general overview of what you can expect to find in a very good Karate class.