Karate has grown into one of the most popular martial arts with people taking part worldwide. Its popularity is probably based on the fact it contains all that is good about martial arts. It is good for your fitness, you have the opportunity to take part in competitions if you choose to and it provides you with self defense skills that may protect you and your family. The word Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and this system of strikes, kicks and blows is something that any adult or kid can learn. In fact it is a great martial art for all the family to get involved in. If you are curious about what would be involved in the average Karate class, this article will give you a basic introduction.