Thanks for the post Pipcrawler.
I've study martial arts and tend to train in a similar fashion with anything that I do.
Naturally, one would have to be interested in what they do, because Forex does not seem like the kind of thing to dibble and dab in.
Anyway, when you train martial arts, beyond the basic conditioning, you do a set of moves over and over and over again until it becomes reflex. You would aim to do the move with proper technique and accuracy. To me that is the studying of technical, fundamental and sentiment analysis.
Then you might move to doing the same set of moves on heavy bag. This could be viewed at as back testing.
Then you might spa with a training partner which would be the equivalent of trading on a demo account.
Then you actually get in the ring with an opponent for a real fight which would be going live.
Obviously if you skip steps or don't spend enough time training on each part, and go live to early, you will get trashed in the ring.
Everyone trains to win, though we know in contest that their is usually one winner.
The objective is to have a winning record or in Forex, to make more money then you lose.
So intense study is a must.
Since everyone has different learning styles, some will ask questions and allow themselves to be guided and others will do their own research and then ask questions when they need clarification.
There is no one best way to learn, each has to do whatever works best for them.
Wish you all the best on your journey.