Karate translated means ‘Chinese hand’ or ‘Empty hand’. Traditionally Karate consists basically of hand and foot techniques. It is a fighting method, involving a variety of techniques, including blocks, strikes, evasions, throws, and joint manipulations. Karate practice is divided into three aspects: kihon (basics), kata (forms), and kumite (sparring). Whilst it is a practical form of self defence it is also widely practiced for sport and, for many people, it is a way of life.