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Where is the initial kuzushi for shomenate?

So, how do you usually practice shomenate?
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What I'm specifically asking about is the direction of the initial offbalance.  Let me describe it for a sec...
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In shomenate, uke lunges through ma-ai and tori slips out of the way moving roughly 45 degrees forward and inside the punch.  Tori uses his lead hand to parry the punch, switches hands, and pushes uke's face in to make him fall backward.
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So the question: as uke's lead foot touches and you parry with your lead hand, do you push uke's arm the direction of his feet or  perpendicular to his feet toward the rear?
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How do you do it?

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