Hopefully you know that you can't become a proficient, well-oiled fighting machine in MT from reading articles and practicing solo at home. In fact, I'm sure you know that, if for no other reason several people have told you so.
You can try to learn some of the basic mechanics. I would suggest investing in a decent VHS/DVD set if possible though. That would be far superior to reading articles.
If you were diligent with your self study, you might learn enough to get the idea of the techniques and maybe, maybe get a slight head start on things when you are able to get into a MT class.
Do you intend on taking an MT class at some point? If so, then sure, go ahead spend some time playing around with the stuff. But if you think you can learn enough in your backyard to actually go out and try to use it, without proper instruction, don't bother.