Billy Blanks - Updated Feb 2024

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Billy Blanks

Billy Blanks is a martial artist and fitness expert. Moreover, Billy Blanks is also the man behind the body fitness system exercise program called Tae Bo.

Early life

The fitness personality, Billy Blanks was born on September 1, 1955. As of the present, he is 67 years old. Similarly, he was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. Thus, he is an American by nationality. He was born to parents Isaac Blanks (Father) and Mabeline Blanks(Mother). Likewise, he was born into a family which can be considered a pretty large one. Him, there are fourteen children in his family. Hence, he has thirteen siblings of his own.

However, not all of their names are available at the moment. Two of his own siblings are Irene Blanks and Michael Blanks. Unlike his siblings, he was born with an abnormal condition in his body. There was something peculiar about his hip joints that hindered his movements. Moreover, he actually started martial arts to fix his abnormality.


He has most likely graduated high school. However, he has not shared any information about his educational qualifications. Therefore, the details of his schools and colleges are not obtainable at the moment.

Billy Blanks

Caption: A photo of Billy posing at the gym. Source: Instagram


The 66-years-old, Billy Blanks actually worked as a bodyguard for an actress back in the days. During one particular shooting in 1988, the producers of the movie were really amazed by his skills. They asked him to feature in their movie, ‘Driving Force’. Little did he know that he was up for a career in acting. After that movie, he got offers from a lot of different movies.  He luckily got part in many movies related to martial arts. Some of the movies he was featured in are, ‘King of the kickboxers, ‘Bloodfist’, and ‘The Last Boy Scout’.

Other than acting, he owns a fitness center in Los Angeles, California where he teaches workouts. His fitness center is very famous among other influencers and celebrities as well. He also markets fitness videos that people thoroughly enjoy following. One of his most popular fitness exercises is ‘Tae Bo’. He went viral for this fitness routine. Tae Bo is basically an exercise that consists of kicks and punches. It was originally derived from Taekwondo and Boxing, which is the reason the exercise is named ‘Tae Bo’. He is a certified fitness instructor as well.

Billy Blanks – Net Worth 2023

He earns a decent amount of money through his career as a fitness expert. His ‘Tae Bo’ video alone earned him a lot of recognition as well as money. Different sources claim that he has a total net worth of about $25 million at the present. However, the American fitness personality himself has not confirmed it. Furthermore, Blanks’ monthly salary is also not obtainable.

Billy Blanks

Caption: A selfie of Billy with his wife Tomoko Sato. Source: Instagram

Billy Blanks – Relationship Status

Billy Blanks was married to a woman named Gayle H. Godfrey in 1974. The couple first met in a karate class and soon they hit it off romantically. After both of them got married, he adopted her daughter whose name is Shellie who was born a year before their marriage. Other than Shellie, the couple has a son of their own. His name is Billy Blanks Jr.

Moreover, both of his children are active in the sector of fitness. However, the couple decided to part ways after 33 years of marriage in the year 2008. Later in November of 2008, a baby girl was born to he and his now-wife Tomoko Sato. Tomoko used to be his Japanese interpreter whom he married in the year 2009. After marrying her, the couple eventually moved to Japan.

Billy Blanks – Body Measurement

Billy Blanks stands 5 feet and 11 inches tall. Similarly, he is very active physically as one can guess. He works out regularly and always has from a very young age. Likewise, he has dark brown eyes and probably had black hair. Currently, he is bald.

Billy Blanks

Caption: Billy showing off his body during a hike. Source: Instagram

Social Media

He is active on different social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. On Instagram, his username is @billyblanksofficial1. His account on Instagram also has a blue tick verified mark on it. There are altogether 59.4 k followers on his Instagram account.

Similarly, there are 732 posts on his feed. He is reachable on Twitter under the Twitter handle @TheBillyBlanks. He has 8770 followers on his Twitter account. Moreover, he also has a YouTube channel also. His official YouTube channel is @Billy Blanks Tae Bo Fitness.