5) Do the rolls and high falls hurt? I hear people slapping the mat when they fall. Does that hurt?

Sometimes when learning to fall (learning ukemi) some students may experience minor discomfort until they learn to smooth out their ukemi. “Slapping out” does not hurt, even though it sounds like it would. “Its bark is louder than its bite” would apply here. It simply helps dissipate the energy of the roll or high fall.