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Personal History
Blanks was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the fourth of fifteen children. As a child he suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. Blanks is a Christian and released a special line of Tae Bo workouts called the "Believer's" series that includes motivational prayers and other Christian components. He has appeared on Christian television network: Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).Martial Arts History

Martial Arts History
Blanks began his study of the martial arts at the age of eleven. He quickly excelled, winning several local, state, and national championships. He emerged as a seven-time world Karate champion, and holds a seventh-degree black belt in tae kwon do. In the 1980s Blanks was a member of the United States MNAAU karate team. Blanks was "athlete of the year" in the USA Karate Hall of Fame.

History of Tae Bo® Tae-Bo® Fitness
In the late 1980s, Blanks invented the Tae Bo® Tae-Bo® Fitness workout, while running a karate studio in Quincy, Massachusetts. He used components of his martial arts and boxing training. The name is a portmanteau of tae kwon do and boxing. Blanks opened a fitness center in Los Angeles to teach his new workout. He later attracted some celebrity clients such as Paula Abdul and the popularity of the workout quickly grew, becoming a pop culture phenomenon after Blanks began releasing mass-marketed videos. The popularity of the workout later waned, but Blanks still attracts many celebrity clients and Tae Bo Tae-Bo® Fitness videos and DVDs have continued to sell well.

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Famous clients -
According to a 1998 video, Blanks has worked with the following celebrities:

  • Sinbad
  • Carmen Electra
  • Brooke Shields
  • Clinton Kelly
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Paula Abdul
  • Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Madonna
  • Mark Linn-Baker
  • Billy Crystal
  • Bob Costas
  • Joe Piscopo
  • President Barack Obama
  • Michael Jackson

Movie History (Filmography):
Blanks began his acting career in the 1980s where he starred in several unsuccessful action-adventure feature films.

  • Jack & Jill (2011)
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV series) Guest star season 4 episode 7 (Prelude to a Kiss) (1999)
  • Virtual Kickboxing (1998)
  • BattleDome (1998) (TV series)
  • Kiss the Girls (1997)
  • Balance of Power (1996)
  • Expect no Mercy (1995)
  • Back in Action (1994)
  • Tough and Deadly (1994)
  • Showdown (1993)
  • TC 2000 (1993)
  • Talons of the Eagle (1992)
  • Zhan long zai ye (1992)
  • The Last Boy Scout (1991)
  • Timebomb (1991)
  • The King of the Kickboxers (1991)
  • Bloodfist (1989)
  • Low Blow (1986)

Click HERE for a complete listing of Billy Blanks' movie career.

Tae Bo
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To find out more about his daughter and great Tae-Bo® Fitness click HERE

Billy & Me
Billy & Me!
Circa 2008

Billy Blanks Studios
West Lake Village, California

     
 

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