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技術は習うものではなく盗むもの

I'm sure this is some sort of idiomatic expression, I just don't know exactly what it means. Searched everywhere but didn't find anything.

Sometimes the "Gijutsu" part is replaced by another thing, so I suppose the rest of the expression is the important bit.

To clarify, I know the literal meaning of the sentence "Technique isn't something you learn, it's something you steal". I just don't know what the expression entails.

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This sentence means skills aren't taught but you learn them by yourself by watching old hands.

This sentence says learning skills by oneself by watching old hands is "steal skills"

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  • Oh, I see! That was very helpful, thank you!
    – Fengzy
    Jan 16, 2016 at 2:42

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