Karate is now one of the most well known types of martial arts in the world. We could only theorize as to the reason why but possibly because it possesses all the elements of a great martial art. It is good for your health, you have the opportunity to take part in competitions if you elect to and it provides you with self defense skills that may protect you and your loved ones. Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and anyone from any age can be taught kicks, punches and strikes in this all round system. Actually it is a great martial art for all the family to get involved with. In case you are new to this and you are wanting to know what you might expect from a Karate class we'll check out some of the basics in this article.