People learn different ways, but so often we find it hard to actually believe it is true.
There are people for whom understanding the theory is an important foundation that they need to be standing on to learn the practice.
And there are other people who work competely the other way way round, for whom talk about theory is just confusing unless they can be enabled to see how it comes out of the practice.
It's as basic a difference as between being left-handed and right-handed. Being left handed used to be at one time just seen as an affectation that children had to be forced out of for their own good. In the same way in a sense you still get people who have this gut feeling thta the way they learn is the only real way anyone can learn.
And that is as true of the practice leads to theory people as it is of the theory leads to practice people.