Blanks, Billy

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Born: Sep 01, 1955 AD
Currently alive, at 58 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Boxer, Educators, Martial Artist


1955 - Billy Blanks born on the 1st of September in Erie, Pennsylvania, the fourth of fifteen children. As a child he suffered from undiagnosed dyslexia. He is a fitness guru, martial artist, actor, and the inventor of Tae Bo.

1975 - Married to his high school sweetheart, Gayle Godfrey Blanks. Their daughter, Shellie, born later that same year, is also an accomplished martial artist and is prominently featured in many of Billy's Tae Bo videos. They also have a son, Billy Jr., who has acted in a touring production of Fame.

1980 - Was a member of the United States AAU karate team. Blanks was "athlete of the year" in the USA Karate Hall of Fame.

       - Began his acting career where he starred in several action-adventure feature films.

       - Invented the Tae Bo workout, using 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.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Gayle Godfrey Blanks, since 1975. Their daughter, Shellie, born later that same year, is also an accomplished martial artist and is prominently featured in many of Billy's Tae Bo videos. They also have a son, Billy Jr., who has acted in a touring production of Fame.


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