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Old 06-27-2001, 04:44 PM   #6
Location: Bay Area
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 1,200
There is a certain school of thought which advocates silent rolls. I believe Donovan Waite is a proponent of this. It's worth considering, if only as a change in mindset.

Personally, I often slap on the mat but whenever I've gone into a forward roll off the mat I've never slapped. This includes two forward rolls off my bike, plus numerous times on concrete and dirt/grass. I would suggest that it's not mandatory but it sure does help to dissipate the energy of a throw.
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