If you look at these 2 types of martial arts from the outside, then karate will look more aggressive, tougher. Indeed, it is dominated by direct, sharp blows. In aikido, grips and throws are more often used, movements are usually circular or have an indirect vector. This is all connected with the same philosophy of art: as much as possible to minimize the injury to the opponent. The main sign of mastery is the ability to repel an attack without causing harm.
For karate, first of all, strength and endurance are needed, as well as speed of reaction. In this type of martial arts, an indicator of mastery is the ability to fight without being distracted by external stimuli, or especially! - to internal emotions.
Let us list again all the points in order to remember what is the difference between aikido and karate.
|To protect yourself and the enemy||For attack and self-defense|
|Weapons can be used||No weapons|
|More attention focuses on the philosophy of art||More emphasis is placed on training strength, endurance and reaction|
|Using the opponent's strength to repel an attack||Using one's own inner and physical strength|
|Circular and indirect movements, throws prevail.||Sharp, direct strikes are mainly used|