Karate-Do (way of the empty hands) is a Japanese martial art originating from the unarmed self defense techniques of Okinawa and stresses striking techniques, such as punching, kicking, knee and elbow strikes, and open-handed techniques. In comparison to tae kwon do, karate tends to focus more on hand strikes, whereas tae kwon do emphasizes kicking techniques.
Aikido is a defensive Japanese martial art that focuses on blending with and redirecting an opponent’s energy/attack rather than relying on strength or direct aggression. Because of the emphasis on circular movement and leverage, this makes Aikido a great option for adults, teens, kids, men, and women. Along with learning core principles of balance, relaxation during times of stress, proper breath, and posture students explore a way of harmony and non-resistance based conflict resolution.
Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art with a heavy emphasis on kicks. To facilitate fast, turning kicks, taekwondo generally adopts stances that are narrower and hence less-stable than the broader, wide stances used by martial arts such as karate. The tradeoff of decreased stability is believed to be worth the commensurate increase in agility.