Re: Linear Progression, Circular Refinement
I read a story about a Chinese martial artist that was known as Woodpile Ma. He earned his living suppling wood to the people of his village. In his backyard was a large pile of wood. Everyday in between work he would practice his martial art technique (he knew only one technique) while circling the woodpile day after day for his whole life. He was challenged often to fight and never lost even though his opponents knew what technique he would use.
Probably this and most stories like it are not about a real person but told to illustrate a point. I think they are great fun.