Most likely one of the most popular forms of martial arts throughout the world is Karate. This is possibly because it features all the elements that you'd want in a martial art. In Karate, it is possible to take part 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 virtually any adult or youngster can learn. This is one of the few martial arts where the entire family can take part. If you're new to this and you are wanting to know what you might expect from a Karate class we are going to have a look at some of the basics in this article.