I take a chinese MA , shaolin kung fu. Its pretty awesome. In shaolin you take on all different animal forms, ( tiger, mantis, bird, dragon, etc) Shaolin is also alot more offensive where as aikido is more of a defensive martial art. The overall content required for shaolin is enormous. Alot of stuff to learn. Its also a pretty competetive art , there are tournaments every year . i'll be fighting in my first one this year.
Aside from all that there are about a million weapons styles , about any weapon you can think up we train with it at some point. Some of the more advanced are even as extreme as a fire whip or a fire bow.
We also do board breaking , joint locks, self defense techniques , alot of katas, groundfighting. Like i said the content is never ending but its a great art and its alot of fun. I think there is something in this art for everyone no matter what your into. Definately one to check out.
Here is a website www.centralshaolin.com
its pretty cool check it out