Martial arts, for a true martial artist are a way of life.
The western view, by and large, is somewhat different; various martial arts have been made into sports for competing and most people who train miss the fundamental reasoning behind it.
For my part, if i study a martial art i want to know all about it and connect with it at root level. I believe it's pointless otherwise.
It's like learning another language...you can repeat the words but it's all futile unless you understand them.