As someone who occasionally looks to edit questions and answers, I'd like to know if there is a community consensus on whether to capitalise the name of a martial art, or not?

For example:

I have studied Goju-ryu for 10 years and....


I have studied goju-ryu for 10 years and ...

On sites such as Wikipedia, capitalisation appears to be consistently applied: Goju-Ryu - what is the rule here?

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I am not aware of any community guideline for capitalization. Everyone basically writes as they wish, and the community has not made an effort yet to apply any writing style guidelines.

  • Would you say there's any need for a rule to be created? Even if the rule was, there is no rule? I only ask as other SE sites are quite hot on spelling and grammar.
    – Longshanks
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 12:48
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    @Longshanks No, I do not believe a rule is needed. I think this is only really an issue when people start disagreeing, and most of the editing issues now are more basic: there are no sentences, or posts are unintelligible. If you plan on editing lots of posts, we can discuss details, but if this is just an occasional event, I would just use what you think appropriate.
    – mattm Mod
    Commented Apr 2, 2019 at 0:52

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