Billy Blanks is an American fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the creator of Tae Bo Fitness, which in the 1990s became one of the biggest fitness crazes of all times. Today, Billy continues to inspire and coach people around the globe via his YouTube channel.
Billy developed Tae Bo by combining dance with elements from his martial arts and boxing training to form a workout regimen. During the 1990s, a series of videos were sold on the back of a frequently aired television infomercial. As a result, Tae Bo became somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon. Gyms began offering kickboxing-based fitness classes similar to Tae Bo. Since Billy had taken out a trademark on the name they were not allowed to use the term Tae Bo without paying a licensing fee. Tae Bo videos and DVDs continue to rank among the top sellers in the fitness genre, and derivative classes are still offered at many gyms.
Tae Bo classes are taught worldwide. Tae Bo includes many of the same punches and kicks as Karate, but is not intended for fighting. Its only intent is to increase fitness through movement. Tae Bo also includes aerobic exercises intended to strengthen all muscles of the body with basic choreography.
In Billy’s words, “I thank you guys for letting me be a part of your lives. My hope is to help as many people as possible, and bring everyone together through essential cardio kickboxing – the classic Tae Bo system which revolutionized the whole world and changed the way people looked at fitness.”