Billy Blanks

Billy Blanks is the creator of Tae Bo, America's leading fitness system. In 1975, he became the first Amateur Athletic Union Champion of America, a title he went on to win five times. Blanks holds a seventh-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and black belts in five other martial arts styles. He was a seven-time world karate champion and coached the USA karate team, securing 36 gold medals in international competitions.
Blanks conceived Tae Bo in 1989, blending Tae Kwon Do moves with music during workouts held in his Los Angeles garage. Since then, Tae Bo has become a global phenomenon, with Blanks still personally teaching four classes daily and touring to instruct US military troops stationed in various countries including Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sarajevo, Greece, Africa, Germany, and Italy.
Initially aimed at enhancing boxing training methods, Tae Bo workouts debuted in 1989. Throughout the 1990s, Blanks popularized Tae Bo through instructional videos, attracting celebrities like Paula Abdul who sought his guidance in mastering the fitness regimen's intricacies.
Today, numerous fitness centers offer Tae Bo-inspired exercises, with dedicated gyms exclusively hosting Tae Bo programs.