Billy's Bootcamp

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Billy's Bootcamp is an exercise program developed by Billy Blanks. It created a pop culture phenomenon in Japan in 2007, much like Tae Bo did in the U.S. earlier, selling more than 200,000 copies in May of the same year alone.[1]

Billy Blanks visited Japan on June 21, 2007 to promote Bootcamp.[2] Upon arrival Blanks was greeted by 200 Japanese fans who affectionately call him "Taicho" (Japanese: 隊長, chief) at Narita International Airport.[3] Blanks appeared on many Japanese TV shows during his ten-day stay in Japan such as SMAP×SMAP where Shingo Katori, a member of popular Japanese boy band SMAP, impersonated Blanks. [4]

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  2. ^ "ビリーズブートキャンプがやってきた!" (HTML). Nikkan Sports. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 
  3. ^ "ビリー隊長来日、成田空港でファン200人歓迎" (HTML). Sports Nippon. Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-06-21. 
  4. ^ "ビリー、20日来日…ダイエットDVD「ブートキャンプ」ブレーク" (HTML). Sports Hochi. Archived from the original on 2007-06-20. Retrieved 2007-06-18.