With the rise in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts, it may be time again to remind ourselves of the different types of martial arts and their origins. There was a time when Americans called all martial arts Karate (Japanese) even though the most famous martial artist, Bruce Lee, practiced Kung Fu (Chinese). These remain popular, but today share the spotlight with: Tae Kwon Do (Korean), Eskrima (Filipino), Sambo (Russian), Krav Maga (Israeli), Capoeira (Brazilian), Judo (Japanese), Tai Chi (Chinese), and Muay Thai.
The way of harmonizing energy, Aikido in Japanese, is a fascinating style because it incorporates techniques from some of these styles and acts as a counterpoint to others.
Aikido differs from the standing, striking style of Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu, Krav Maga, and Kickboxing. It is a low-impact, meditative style of self-development like Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and Baguazhang. There are no offensive moves. Said Morihei Ueshiba, the founder, in 14th century Japan, "To injure an opponent is to injure yourself."