Matthew Feldmeyer wrote:
The sensei mentioned to me that the godan test curriculum apparently consists of the test taker kneeling and waiting for the shihan to strike him/her in the back of the head with a bokken, and must move out of the way just in time not to get hit. Well, just thought I would see if anyone else had heard or practiced this form of budo and any thoughts. The dojo was bujinkan dojo.
In an interview made by an Israeli martial arts forum, a high ranked individual in Ninjitsu who studied in Japan confirmed this test, not with a bokken, but with a real sword. He said the master is supposed to mentally transmit his intention to chop to the person being tested.
He said he felt the intention and passed the test unchopped.