Karate has developed into one of the most widely used martial arts with people taking part around the world. We can only hypothesize as to the reason but probably because it has all the elements of a great martial art. It's great for your fitness, you have the opportunity to take part in competitions if you want to and it provides you with self defense skills that may protect you and your family members. Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and anybody from all ages can learn kicks, punches and strikes in this all round system. As a matter of fact, you can easily get your whole family involved with Karate. If you are wanting to know what would be involved in a typical Karate class, this article will give you a basic overview.