Possibly one of the most popular forms of martial arts all over the world is Karate. This is possibly because it has all the elements that you will want in a martial art. In Karate, it will be possible to engage in competitions throughout 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 protect yourself and your family. The word Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and this system of strikes, kicks and punches is something that virtually any adult or kid can be taught. As a matter of fact, you can easily get your whole family involved with Karate. If you are curious about what would be involved in a regular Karate class, this article will give you a basic overview.