Shomen Hanmi Karate Exercise
When someone first starts karate, shomen and hanmi are explained early on. My karate instructor always explained hanmi and shomen as, Hanmi = side facing and Shomen = Square facing.
Some karate Sensei vary in the way they practice shomen and hanmi, so i can only explain the way i practice, so please, if you are new to karate, ask your sensei for an explanation of shomen and hanmi.
Initially, a beginner to karate will be told that hanmi (side facing), is used for the basic blocks and kizami zuki (jab punch) in front stance and shomen (square facing), is used for the two basic punches oi zuki (stepping punch) and gyaku zuki (reverse punch).