Way back in 1996 I sat with 16 other yondans all waiting to be tested by Soke Hatsumi for our 5th dan. It was a little different then as Soke told us he would strike all the way through to the floor and you would fail if he hit you anywhere along his cutting line. (I know because he got me on the heel the first time) But I recently saw this clip on you tube and it brought back that day way back when.
Ha ha!! then we are Sakki brothers! I passed too in 1996, Barcelona Tai Kai. All the tests, Sensei stroke all the way through to the floor. And yes, he got me on the ankle the first time!