Dan Taylor began Martial Arts training in 1965. He has trained in Ju-Jutsu, Judo, Wrestling, Karate-Do, and Kobudo. He is a former member of the U.S. Army Wrestling Team in Europe, and a U.S. National Karatedo Team in Japan. He is a retired Law Enforcement Officer and was the Chief Weaponless Defense Instructor for a large regional police academy. He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a degree in Business Law. He established Visalia Karatedo in 1975.
Sensei Taylor has received technical instruction from many notable instructors in both Japan and the United States. His concentration has been the disciplines of Goju-Ryu Karate-Do, Nihon Ju-Jutsu, and Kenshin-Ryu Kobudo. He has been awarded ranks (shown below) by the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) in Kyoto, Japan. Established in 1895, the DNBK is the oldest and most prestigious Martial Arts organization in Japan.
Karate-Do: Shichidan (7th Degree Black-Belt)
Ju-Jutsu: Rokudan (6th Degree Black-Belt)
Kobudo (Weapons): Godan (5th Degree Black-Belt)
Additionally, He has been awarded the Title of Kyoshi (Master Instructor) by the DNBK.