Tae bo is an aerobic exercise routine that became popular in the 1990s. The name Tae bo is an abbreviation of tae kwon do and boxing. It was developed by taekwondo practitioner Billy Blanks and was one of the first "cardio-boxing" programs to enjoy commercial success. Such programs use the motions of martial arts at a rapid pace designed to promote fitness. Blanks developed the routine by combining dance with elements from his martial arts and boxing training to form a workout regimen.
Tae bo classes are nowadays taught worldwide. Tae bo includes many of the same punches and kicks as karate, but is not intended for fighting as it was not meant for any combat or self-defense applications. There are no throws, grappling moves, or ground fighting techniques in Tae bo. 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. The high-intensity workout is intended to increase cardiovascular fitness, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.