Tam posted a video recently of some goofy "tactical training" for beginning shooters, complete with quickdraw exercises and a shooting posture that involved getting up on tiptoe. Meanwhile, many of the novice shooters were leaning back, holding the firearm loosely or without enough hand wrapped around the grip, and making similar uncorrected mistakes. But the beginners sure had the jerky faux tai chi moves down cold!
Don't be like them. At the very beginning, you will be sitting at a table, with the instructor pointing at drawings and/or handing around a plastic model, explaining the controls and operating function; later, you will practice loading and unloading with inert plastic "cartridges." Learn these basics! You may find it dull but it is background you must have.
Eventually, you'll go out on the range to actually shoot. It's not really that hard. Keep the muzzle pointed downrange and concentrate, again, on basics.
|Fifty rounds of .22 at 21 feet from a Ruger Mk. III with a Millet red dot sight. Four or five in the ten ring. All the rest in the X ring. If you have fair eysight and motor control, you can do this -- probably better.|
Getting your grip and stance right is the instructor's job. Keeping you mindful of safety is the instructor's job too. Close-order dance drill with blue plastic guns? Not so much. It looks kewl on YouTube but you know what looks better? This.
Oh, and as for "gun-fu?" Those targets were shot at a rate of about one round per second. Do that, consistently, and you can start thinking about draw speed and/or the "action" type shooting competitions. (I figure if I can get my centerfire skills back to this level, I might be able to shoot bowling pin competitions again.) Just get a solid grasp of the basics first. Don't be sold a fancy bill of goods.