Karate has grown to be one of the most famous forms of martial arts in the world. This is most likely because it features all the elements that you will want in a martial art. In Karate, it is possible to engage in competitions around the world or you can learn it to help you keep fit in both mind and body or you can use the skills to help you look after yourself and your family. The word Karate means "empty hand" in Japanese and this system of strikes, kicks and blows is something that virtually any adult or child can master. As a matter of fact, you can easily get your whole family involved with Karate. In case you are new to this and you're wondering what you might expect from a Karate class we'll take a look at some of the basics in this article.