Perhaps one of the most famous forms of martial arts around the world is Karate. This is probably because it possesses all the elements that you will want in a martial art. It's great 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 blows is something that any adult or child can be taught. It's one of the few martial arts where the entire family can get involved. If you are new to this and you're curious about what you might expect from a Karate class we'll have a look at some of the basics in this article.