Karate is now one of the most famous kinds of martial arts in the world. This is most likely because it features all the elements that you'd want in a martial art. In Karate, it is possible to engage in competitions throughout the world or you can learn it to help you keep fit in both mind and body or you can use the skills to help you protect yourself and your family. The word Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and this system of strikes, kicks and blows is something that just about any adult or child can learn. This really is one of the few martial arts where the whole family can get involved. If you are new to this and you are wanting to know what you might expect from a Karate class we are going to take a look at some of the basics in this article.