Godan Test Renshu?
There is NO practice for the 5th dan test!
Soke strongly reiterated that today after class at Hombu. Mark Lithgow translated.
There is no practise for the 5th dan test.
On another occasion, the following has also been stressed.
When you have reached 4th dan, by the time you are ready for the test, your taihenjutsu should be at the level to give you the ability to avoid the sword when you have “sensed the sakki “.
To reiterate, there is no “specific practise” or ” correct method to move” that needs to be memorized and rehearsed for the test.
Soke asks that ( unless on special circumstances sanction directly by him ) that ALL 15th dans must do the test in his presence. This is very important.
Those that are performing it in their dojo, are not to practice the test. If you are practising with a student in front of you, then you are really actually doing it, aren`t you.
This is against Sokes wishes.
What I have mentioned above are words directly spoken by Hatsumi Sensei and Noguchi Shihan.