very much depend on who you talk to and what skill you’re developing.
In the martial arts especially, technique is critical. There are correct ways to throw a punch or kick (just as there are “different” ways to throw the same punch or kick). Sensei Dorow once told me
“There will come a day that you will be called upon to defend yourself. If you are not technically proficient, you will be destroyed.” Hmmm. Coming from a guy that was physically tested during 2 tours on the ground in Vietnam, as well as dojo “confrontations” in the 60’s & 70’s, that’s something I take to heart.
But on the way to perfection in technique, you have to practice a lot of reps. A lot. Of. Reps. And those first dozen, hundred, thousand reps are far from perfect, but they count towards the larger goal. I like the examples used in this Fast Company article (be sure to watch the “Girl Learns to Dance in a Year” video). And the axiom “Try fast, fail fast,
learn fast” has a lot of merit.
So, if you’re waiting for that perfect time to start or for inspiration, don’t wait. Get some
reasonable instruction, then get out there and try it. Then try it again, get some feedback from a credible, reliable source, and try it some more. Sooner or later, just about anyone can do anything. It’s a marvelous testament to the human organism and spirit.