Billy Blanks - biography

Martial artist from United States of America

Billy Blanks Billy Wayne Blanks (born September 1, 1955) is an American fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the inventor of the Tae Bo exercise program. Blanks began his study of the martial arts at the age of eleven and practices Karate and Taekwondo. He was born with an anomaly in his hip joints that impaired his movement, and a clumsiness that earned him the taunts of his siblings and caused his coaches to believe he’d never accomplish much. Billy found the answer to these challenges in karate. When he saw Bruce Lee on TV, he decided he wanted to be a world martial-arts champion. The discipline of the program began to transform his body. Blanks began his acting career in the 1980s where he starred in several unsuccessful action-adventure feature films. He was hired to act as a bodyguard for lead actress Catherine Bach during the filming of Driving Force, due to the political unrest present in Manila at the time; he impressed the producers so much, they wrote him into the script. In the late 1980s, Blanks invented the Tae Bo 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  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Billy Wayne Blanks,Big Bill
Date of birth
1955-09-01
Place of birth
Erie
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Tomoko Sato Gayle Godfrey
Children
Angelika Blanks Erika Peterson Billy Blanks Jr. Shellie Blanks Cimarosti Marriett Peterson
Siblings
Michael Blanks
Profession
Fitness professional, Actor, Martial artist

Performances

Year Performance Character
2008 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Freestyle Funk
2008 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Funk
2007 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Amped: Full Throttle
2006 Tae Bo: Billy's Favorite Moves
2006 Billy Blanks Bootcamp Elite: Mission 1: Get Started
2006 Billy Blanks: Billy's BootCamp: Cardio BootCamp Live
2006 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Celebrity Fit Sculpt
2006 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Celebrity Fit Cardio
2005 Billy Blanks: Billy's Bootcamp: Ab Bootcamp
2005 Billy Blanks: Billy's Bootcamp: Basic Training Bootcamp
2005 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Fat Blasting Cardio
2005 Billy Blanks: Billy's Bootcamp: Ultimate Bootcamp
2004 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo Strength & Power
2004 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Cardio Circuit 1
2004 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Flex Express
2004 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Cardio Circuit 2
2004 Billy Blanks: Tae Bo: Contact 1
1996 Balance of Power
1995 Expect No Mercy
1989 Bloodfist

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