Karate has become one of the most famous kinds of martial arts in the world. Its attraction could very well be based on the fact it consists of all that is good about martial arts. It's great for your physical fitness, you have the opportunity to take part in competitions if you want to and it provides you with self defense skills that may protect you and your loved ones. Karate which is Japanese for empty hand combines kicks, punches and strikes in an all around system that can be learned by men, women and kids. In fact it is a very good martial art for all the family to get involved in. If you're new to this and you are curious about what you might expect from a Karate class we will have a look at some of the basics in this article.