Possibly one of the most famous forms of martial arts around the world is Karate. Its attraction could very well be based on the fact it consists of all that is good about martial arts. It's good for your health, you have the opportunity to take part in competitions if you choose to and it provides you with self defense skills that may protect you and your family members. The word Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and this system of strikes, kicks and punches is something that any adult or child can learn. This is one of the few martial arts where the entire family can take part. In case you are new to this and you are wanting to know what you might expect from a Karate class we'll take a look at some of the basics in this article.