Bujinkan (?) seems to be a martial art that appears in different flavors with regularity. Is there a reason why there is not a tag for it? Is Bujinkan already a subset of an existing tag?

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There is a bit of crossover with ninjutsu. I'm not certain how much we break away specific styles, especially since I suspect many people don't even differentiate. I would have no problem with it as a tag. We probably have about a dozen questions relating to it, and we have some subject-matter experts on the topic.

As regards the question in the comments about how exactly it fits in as a style, I'll be honest that I think it's somewhere in between a branch (like how we have a Shotokan tag to distinguish from karate) and marketing (my understanding is that you can't represent yourself as a Bujinkan school without being part of the organization, unlike, say, "Gracie Jiu-Jutsu" where the feuds between family branches have left the trademarks in dispute, or the broader "Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu" where there's even less restriction).

Lastly, while the Bujinkan system is typically thought of as a "Ninjutsu" school, only three of nine traditions of the school are claimed to be from ninja training, with the other six being from samurai training, so I think there's a good argument for it being supported as its own system, and tag, much like the various hybrid styles like Systema.

  • I don't know much about it myself, particularly what constitutes a Bujinkan style.
    – mattm Mod
    Aug 19, 2020 at 13:03
  • @mattm: Ah, I took some classes, not an expert. It's somewhere in between a branch (like shotokan is to karate) and marketing (I think you have to be part of the organization to use the branding, unlike Gracie BJJ where they lost that trademark suit). I think it's a fine tag to add. Not going to add a ton of traffic to the site, but very little does... :-( Aug 19, 2020 at 13:33

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