Perhaps one of the most well known forms of martial arts around the world is Karate. We can only speculate as to the reason why but probably because it features all the elements of a great martial art. In Karate, it will be 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 look after 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 kid can master. In reality it is a very good martial art for all the family to become involved in. This article is going to present a general introduction to what you can expect to find in a very good Karate class.