Karate has developed into one of the most widely used martial arts with people taking part worldwide. This is probably because it has all the elements that you will want in a martial art. Karate can certainly help you to be physically and mentally fit, it could be a competitive sport and it can offer skills for self defense. Karate which is Japanese for empty hand combines kicks, punches and strikes in an all-around system that can be learned by men, women and young children. It's one of the few martial arts where the whole family can take part. If you are new to this and you're wanting to know what you might expect from a Karate class we are going to look at some of the basics in this article.