Perhaps one of the most famous forms of martial arts all over the world is Karate. This is possibly because it possesses all the elements that you will want in a martial art. In Karate, you will be able to participate 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 defend 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 learn. It is one of the few martial arts where the entire family can take part. If you are new to this and you're curious about what you might expect from a Karate class we will have a look at some of the basics in this article.