Matthew Feldmeyer wrote:
I was told about the godan tests which used to be taken with live blades. That idea scares me a bit also. I'm sure you can live through it, but it would be a very nasty sacrifice for one's budo if you don't get out of the way in time.
AFAIK the godan test has never been done with a live blade in the Bujinkan. They myth, however, is that that is how it was done "in the old days" long before Bujinkan was amalgamated from a set of old jujutsu/taijutsu schools.