My sensei reminded me of an excellent quote from martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
It's important to remember this when we practice our techniques, stances or kata. It isn't enough to just practice once or twice a week in class. To really begin to master your techniques, you need to practice over and over again. In your house. In your yard. On the subway. In the line at the supermarket. People might look at you funny, but who cares? I doubt Bruce Lee ever cared about someone looking at him funny.