Karate has developed into one of the most widely used martial arts with people taking part around the globe. We can merely hypothesize as to the reason but possibly because it has 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 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 just about any adult or child can be taught. As a matter of fact, it is possible to get your entire family involved with Karate. In case you are wondering what would be involved in the average Karate class, this article will give you a basic overview.