The true science of martial arts means practicing them in such a way that they will be useful at any time, and to teach them in such a way that they will be useful in all things. — Miyamoto Musashi
Everyone will fight for something or someone at a point in time. If not, hardly we can say that the person has truly lived. That is where martial arts can be helpful and applied to all dimensions of life.
Just like other crafts, a martial artist expresses himself in multiple dimensions. A complete martial artist will apply the various tools he acquired through training and repetition to any part of his life. There is no single dimension in martial arts. We can isolate a component to train, say a kick or a punch, but its application will be specific to the context and environment and where you apply it will make all the difference.
When meeting new people and dealing with different energies, when training with someone bigger or stronger, when confronted with a challenge, when you have fear, etc, the martial arts philosophy and tradition will come to your aid. Why? Because to express yourself you first need to find yourself. How you move, how you feel, how you respond, how you interact… All of them are specific to the environment that you learn to observe with yourself.
That was what Kung Fu Toa taught me during my teenage years and was invaluable. Core values, discipline, a path to growing true to myself. In Martial Arts there is as much martial and ‘war science’ as art and ‘creativity and self expression’. It is our focus that will determine how we apply each.