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Can you learn to play tennis without actually playing tennis?


I'll answer indirectly. Currently I'm with tae-kwon-do school. And in WTF tae-kwon-do there are 2 streams - sport and martial art. Sport concentrates on physical application of the knowledge, while art is developing that knowledge through patterns and other exercises. You are free to pursue either stream (or both) but in either case you're tae-kwon-do ...


It is the same as asking if you can learn a language without having conversations with real people. In a sense, yes, you can learn to read and write that language from books and instruction. But you'll be in for a heck of a big surprise if dropped into a city where people speak that language for real -- everybody will talk so much faster than you imagined ...

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