Dan Taylor began training in 1965. He originally trained in Danzan-Ryu Jujutsu, Kodokan Judo, Wrestling, and Kenpo Karate. Later, he became a personal student of Ken Rosson (Kenbudokai), who trained in Goju-Ryu under Gogen Yamaguchi, Shozo Ujita, and Gosei Yamaguchi, Kenshin-Ryu under Teruo Hayashi, and Nihon Jujutsu under Shizuya Sato. It was Ken Rosson, who introduced Dan Taylor to those disciplines. He has also received technical instruction from other instructors in both Japan and the United States as indicated below. However, he considers Ken Rosson to be his only Sensei.