When we think of great teachers, I think most of us, of a certain age, think of Yoda as the greatest martial arts teacher of all time (I could be biased).
When I hear the dreaded word “try,” Yoda’s maxim, “Try not, do or do not, there is no try,” is often repeated by me to my students.
In fact, that I regularly get items with the phrase emblazoned on it. They are truly words of wisdom, and that is what we expect from a teacher. I wouldn’t want to leave out Mr. Miyaghi, who is a close second, but I think mainly for his attitude and innovative teaching methods than his memorable phrases. Ip Man is remembered for his most famous student.
I could go on with the many other Hollywood examples, but they are all similar. They are all seeking to show the honored and sometimes legendary martial arts teacher/student relationship.