Sven Thilo, an Ikazuchi Dojo instructor, shares a hanmi application for close quarters situations with a potential threat whose primary objective is not physical harm. Unfriendly encounters in bars or nightclubs are some scenarios in which this variation can serve as a valuable defensive tool.
Thilo has used and refined this hamni variation over the last 3 years as he volunteers for a group that feeds the homeless on Skid Row. Having security responsibility for the group, he often finds himself in close quarters situations where he needs to protect himself and others without escalating the potential for violence. Thilo uses a subtle hanmi variant that doesn’t signal aggression or martial proficiency but still protects vital areas and allows for fast deployment of an ukenagashi cover.