safety does. I've heard self-claimed "experts" at rolling say they have a bomb-proof roll, but it is only on one side. Due to a variety of injuries and surgeries, I am definitely better on one side than the other, but knowing how to roll doesn't mean that knowledge translates to execution :).
If you find yourself in conditions where you need to roll, then you probably need the ability to roll on both sides - it is amazing how nature finds your weaknesses. In baseball, it is said, "you can't hide a bad glove," (though the DH does something about it). If you go out unprepared, the conditions will somehow find you.
If you can roll on both sides with reasonable certainly of success, you are "safer" than someone who cannot. You will also find that you are more likely to experiment more, challenge yourself more, learn more, and improve more than someone who is not as confident in their skills. And that, to me, is what is important.
Calling oneself novice, intermediate, or expert doesn't help anyone assess your skills if they are planning an excursion.
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