Billy Wayne Blanks is an American fitness expert, martial artist, acting professional and the inventor or the originator of the Tae Bo workout program. Keep reading this article to find out more about the famous expert’s life and achievements as well as his whopping net worth.
Billy Blanks’ Early Life
Billy Blanks was born on September 1, 1955 in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America. He was the fourth of the fifteen children born to his parents. Billy started out his quest of learning the fighting techniques in 1966, at the age of eleven when he enrolled himself for Karate and Taekwondo lessons. However, things didn’t come easy for him, as he was born with an irregularity in his hip joint that largely affected his activities. The ensuing clumsiness drew taunts from people and siblings alike leading everybody around him to believe that he wouldn’t be able to achieve much in life. Billy found the response to these difficulties in karate and grew increasingly inspired by Bruce Lee. Both these passions eventually helped him overcome the anomaly.
Billy Blanks is a devout Christian. His beliefs have also found reflection in his work, especially the Tae Bo technique, which is comprised of motivational elements derived from religion.
Billy Blanks wedded Gayle H. Godfrey, his karate class-mate in the year 1974. Soon after the matrimony, followed the adoption of Gayle’s little princess, Shellie, who was delivered in 1973. Shellie Blanks Cimarosti, is now an adept martial artist herself and is often featured in a number of Billy’s Tae Bo videos. Gayle and Billy Blanks welcomed their first biological child, Billy Blanks, Jr. a few years after their marriage and their son is now a professional dancer, performer and personal trainer. In 2008, Billy Blanks and his wife, Gayle decided to part ways, after 33 years of matrimony.
Billy Blanks became the daddy of a daughter named Angelika in 2008. She was born to Tomoko Sato, who served as Billy’s interpreter in Japan when he visited there in 2007.
Billy Blanks’ Career, Awards & Achievement
Billy Blanks began his career at the young age of 14, even with a disability which hampered his movements. He triumphed in his first world tournament at the tender age of 16.
Billy Blanks rose to fame when he landed the job of renowned actress Catherine Bach’s bodyguard, which offered him with the possibility to meet a whole lot of filmmakers and producers as well. Following this, Billy became a sort of a martial arts legend appearing in several action films, like “King of the Kickboxers”, “Kiss the Girls” and “Driving Force” to name a few.
Alongside his movie career, Billy Blanks maintained his passion for martial arts with several karate establishments that he owned in cities, like Massachusetts and Los Angeles, which is where he developed his iconic Tae Bo technique.
Awards and Achievements
Some of the most significant achievements include:
• Five-time Amateur Athletic Union Champion, beginning in 1975.
• Seven time world karate champion.
• Bagged a total of 36 gold medals in various international competitions.
• Given a place in the Karate Hall of Fame, 1982.
• Massachusetts Golden Gloves champion in the light-heavyweight class, 1984.
Net Worth of Billy Blanks
Billy Blanks has earned his considerable net worth, as the inventor of the TAE-Bo exercise program as well as by playing roles in famous movies, like “The Last Boy Scout” and “Expect No Mercy”. Billy Blank’s has an estimated net worth of about $40 million.
Billy Blanks turned his liability into his strength and worked on building his career from a very young age. There are not many martial artists in the world who have earned their name in Hollywood. Billy Blanks has managed to reach that level of success by working hard all his life.