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Billy Blanks

Billy Blanks quotes: Tae Bo’s daddy reflects on his success.

“Today is a reality, tomorrow’s a promise and yesterday’s history!”

“Life throws curveballs. And while there might be blockers to success, it’s imperative to keep pushing with the knowledge mistakes will be made and failure is inevitable.”

Discipline is remembering what you want most, not what you want now.”

“If the mind’s not involved, you can’t get the best out of yourself.”

“Being around Roddy Piper and watching him work, he was a hard worker and a super athlete. I got a chance to work out with him, and I trained with him. He empowered me and challenged me to do the same thing that he did with wrestling. He kept saying, ‘Keep up the good work and work hard. When you have a dream, don’t quit, don’t give up.’ That inspired me. He told me, ‘Believe it.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ He said, ‘Believe it. I’m just like you. It takes hard work to be able to do the things that we do. Keep doing hard work and watch what happens.'”

“Not a day goes by that I don’t recall my father telling me, ‘Billy, you have to work hard for everything.'”

“I’m not going to lie to you, it’s hard to change. It’s easy to keep going along, never pushing yourself. There were days I didn’t feel like getting out of bed… but I do it because I know I’ll be a better and stronger person for it. And it’s not because I’ll have exercised my body. It’s because I’ll have exercised my will. And a strong will can overcome anything.”

“You have it within your power to overcome almost any obstacle and achieve any dream. All you need to do is believe in yourself and find the way to ‘walk with faith and not sight.’ What you believe doesn’t matter so much so long as you believe in something—maybe even just yourself.”

“Where I am today, is where my mind and will put me, where I am tomorrow is where my mind will put me.”

“When you become confident with your inner-self, the outside’s just going to fall into place.”

“A will is to make a decision how you should take care of yourself.”

“The body only profits a little from exercising but the spirit profits a lot.”

“You can’t exercise by sight because your sight will make you quit. You need to exercise by faith.”

“I was a rising martial arts star who idolized Bruce Lee and chased black belts in taekwondo and other martial arts disciplines. My success in martial arts helped me overcome insecurity that stemmed from an undiagnosed learning disability (later revealed as dyslexia) and a congenital hip problem. When Rocky was released, I fell hard for the film and began working out to its inspirational theme song in my Erie, Pennsylvania basement. It was nonstop punching and kicking in rhythm—a hell of a cardio workout. I did it to keep myself in shape, but I also knew I had stumbled onto something bigger.”

“It was a dream that came true, to do what Bruce Lee did—to get to be on a movie screen. I tried really hard to stay in really good shape and to hone my martial arts skills. I took acting lessons. I didn’t try to be the best actor in the world, but I wanted to be able to enhance my skills and make a lifestyle of it. Then all of a sudden, Tae Bo comes up. It comes out and kind of took me away from the movie industry. I was helping people to try to be in better shape.”

“When I changed the name to Tae Bo, that’s when it really opened the door. The word came from Korea. ‘Tae’ comes from the word leg. The word ‘Bo’ comes from boxing. The whole term became an acronym. T is for total. A stands for awareness. E stands for excellent. B stands for body. O stands for obedience. It became this big hit. I didn’t expect it to go the way it went.”

“When people really saw that I was trying to help them get into shape and that I was coming from my heart, it really opened up the door for me. It wasn’t really about the money, it was about the people. People saw that. My studio back then was nothing special. I had tape to keep the carpet down. It was a run-down place. People came in there and they felt love. Before I knew it, everybody started coming in the place.”

“Everybody wants to be a warrior. Deep down inside, everyone wants to be a warrior. They want to feel like they can protect themselves. I thought that if I could put a program together that had those elements in it, it would bring moms, dads, daughters, boys, grandparents and everyone involved in a workout. It actually revolutionized the whole fitness world.”

“I grew up with 14 siblings, five of them sisters. I wanted the women in my life to be able to protect themselves through martial arts. I knew that inside of each female, there’s a warrior. But what will make it come out? I thought karobics could be the answer. Women seeking a new aerobics workout would come to karobics to lose weight and develop an appreciation for self-defense in the process.”

“I zeroed in on a sales pitch that defines Tae Bo today. I eschewed the then-popular eight-minute abs, get-thin-quick mentality, telling students that my classes would be a slog but that they could change their bodies and their lives if they remained focused and determined. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard trained at my Billy Blanks World Training Center and stated that he was, ‘In tremendous shape now, and he attributed it to Tae Bo aerobics.'”

“I think the health benefits include learning to communicate with your body. No machine can teach or empower you to do that.”

“In the months and years to come, I appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and ER, signed a $1.5 million book deal, launched a charitable foundation, and even joined President Bill Clinton’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. I even signed a licensing agreement for Tae Bo energy bars and Tae Bo cereal. Tae Bo was everywhere.”

“What was a big turnaround for me with Tae Bo is I started teaching people how to work from the inside out. You’ve got all these people in the room. Why are they in the room? Are they in the room just to work out? No. They’re in the room because they want to be loved. They want somebody to help them. They want somebody to get them to do what they wouldn’t do themselves.”

“My message to the people in the room was simple: ignore what you see in the mirror and believe that you can get in shape. When you’re tired, focus and let your willpower carry you through the workout. Your heart and your soul must guide you. If you become blind to what you see in the mirror and allow yourself to develop the skills, the next thing you know, you’re looking at your body like, ‘What happened?'”

“I think the secret to staying motivated in a workout is to know that fitness is more than just sweating. It’s a tool that teaches mental discipline on how to bring your body under control and it’s fun to know you have the power to challenge your own body and to bring to light things that you never thought you could do with your body.”

“My goal was to touch the hearts of people, not just touch black people or white people.”

“What I’m teaching as an exercise instructor, my goal is to be able to take all the love off myself to help someone else.”

“Everyone has a goal in mind when they take up Tae Bo, but the point has never really been to lose 20 pounds or execute a perfect right hook. The point has been to keep trying. I’m here to show everyone the way. Things come in season. That was my season. Like a farmer, if you go out and plant it and take care of it, it’ll come back. Eventually my season will come again.”

“I want to teach people how to live a healthy and strong, vibrant life—and to show people they have the power to make choices and do whatever they need to do to help themselves be the best they can be.”

“I get my energy from watching people change and improve. To help people accomplish things that change their lives gives me joy—and the energy to keep going.”

“It doesn’t matter if it’s in my class or around the world, anywhere, the first thing I say is, ‘First of all guys, I want to give my Heavenly Father credit for all I do and the Lord Jesus Christ to give me the opportunity to go out and reach and save lives.’ To me, that’s the most important thing.”

“I have a chance to make choices in life. Good or bad, I make the choice. I also like to tell myself, ‘Every day above ground is a blessed day when I can move my legs and my arms.'”

“Let’s continue motivating each other to be the best we can be.”

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