The entertaining depictions of mastery in popular culture have struck a deep chord within our consciousness.
The saint-like Masters of the old Kung Fu TV series represent a benchmark of
mastery in the minds of some martial artists; serene, wise, calm and skilful.
Yoda - despite being a glove puppet or a computer generated image -
is surprisingly engaging and noble.
Obi-wan Kenobi: wispy old Alex Guinness and the rugged young Ewan McGregor
are both memorable figures.
Mr Miyagi is endearing, inspiring, patient and a little sad.
Morpheus from The Matrix is cool and driven.
Li Mu Bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon yearns to set aside his
reputation and find love; a romantic yet doomed Master.
This is not an exhaustive list.