Karate Speech

There have been lots of great ideas for movement and speech posted in the comments of “Speech in Action,” and I’d like to share a favorite that I use—karate speech.

If you’ve ever done a martial art yourself, or even just a fan of the movies, you know that at the peak of the action, whether a kick or punch, you let out a vigorous “Kiai!”

With my kiddos, we stand up, not facing each other, and do a series of martial arts moves accompanied by a syllable with their target sound in the initial position.  This might play out as follows:

Knifehand + “ree-ah!” x 3

Front kick + “ray-ah” x 3

Punch + “row-ah” x 3

Best done in a more remote area!

My personal favorite actions are walking (my exercise of choice) and ballroom dancing (especially tango and cha-cha).  For more speech and movement ideas, check out the comments for “Speech in Action” and be sure to enter the giveaway!



This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Cindy Wilkins

    As a former student of karate I love this idea! I just won’t tell my students how bad I was at karate.

    1. admin

      I did tae kwon do for a period of time. I don’t think our students need to know our aptitude, it’s the kiai that counts! Kim

  2. Kristin

    HA! Love it. You are so creative. Your kiddos are so lucky to have you.

    1. admin

      I’ll bet you get some pretty agitated patients–maybe they’d welcome the chance to kick/punch and yell! Would certainly liven up the hospital 🙂 Kim

  3. Jennifer

    I love this idea! In the past, I have walked with my speech kids around the small lake in my office complex. One of the kids would practice his sounds as he jumped off rocks.

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