Dan Taylor began training in 1965. He originally trained in Danzanryu Jujutsu, Kodokan Judo, Wrestling, and Kenpo Karate. Later, he became a personal student of Ken Rosson (Kenbudokai), who was a student of Gosei Yamaguchi and other well known instructors. It was Ken Rosson, who introduced him to Gojuryu Karatedo, Nihon Jujutsu, and Kenshinryu Kobudo. He has also received technical instruction from other instructors in both Japan and the United States as indicated below.