Vim Style Editing
The only way to learn vim style editing is to practice and ideally use it for everything you do.
Normal state by default
Keep in the Evil normal state for most of the time, unless you are writing code or creating lots of text.
Normal mode is where you run all the Spacemacs commands.
To help make Vim style editing become a sub-conscious act you should learn to speak Evil
SPC h T v starts the Vim tutorial. This provides the basic movement of vim and provides an interactive way to practice your skills
Vim Adventures is a web-based game that is an alternative to practising Vim.
Other learning resource for Vim include: