Karate has become one of the most well known martial arts with people taking part all over the world. This is most likely because it possesses all the elements that you'd want in a martial art. Karate can help you to be physically and mentally fit, it can be a competitive sport and it can offer skills for self defense. Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and anybody from all ages can be taught kicks, punches and strikes in this all round system. It is one of the few martial arts where the entire family can get involved. This article will provide you with a general introduction to what you can expect to find in a good Karate class.