Cynthia Rothrock is one of the greatest martial arts/action film stars in
the world, Few other performers can match her presence and energy on the
silver screen. She is the undisputed "Queen of Martial Arts films".
Cynthia Rothrock is not only a great action star, but also an incredibly
accomplished martial artist. She holds 5 Black Belts in various Far Eastern
martial disciplines. These Arts include; Tang Soo Do (Korean), Tae Kwon Do
(Korean), Eagle Claw (Chinese), Wu Shu (contemporary Chinese), and Northern
Shaolin (classical Chinese).
Cynthia Rothrock’s movie career "shooting schedule" has taken her to some of
the most exotic locations on the planet. Paradoxically, she has also endured
some of the worse climatic conditions that anyone in the moton picture could
ever anticipate – all in the name of making "action-adventure" motion
But, Cynthia is quick to point out that the memories and enjoyment of
working with some of the top martial arts directors in the business has all
been worth it. Namely; outstanding directors like Robert Clouse (Enter the
Dragon starring Bruce Lee), Cory Yuen (No Retreat, No Surrender end many
more), Samo Hung (Shanghai Express and many more), Guy Norris (Rage and
Honor II), Kevin Hooks (Irresistible Force, more), Oley Sassone (Fast
Getaway II, more), Paul Maslak (Blonde Justice, more), John Schlesinger (Eye
for an Eye, more), Brian Todd (Hostage, more). and Fred Williamson (Night
William Groak, an Editor for Black Belt Magazine, once compiled a dossier
that perhaps best sums up Cynthia’s action-adventure martial arts film
career and work ethic when it comes to the film making process. Simply
stated, it reads, "Cynthia Rothrock: The Next Action Hero. SUBJECT: Next
Action Film Star. MISSION: Conquer America. STATS: Can Fight, Punch, Maim,
Shoot, Kick and Whip 155 Crazed Terrorists with nary a scratch. PROFILE:
Sports a Ponytail better than Seagal, Chest Superior to Arnold, Looks
Superior to Van Damme and Norris. And, unlike Stallone and Willis,
obliterates Bad Guys while perched on Three-Inch Heels."
She has had her celebrated moments in the "spot light" as a film personality
that has been a true martial artist from the beginning of her film career.
Appearing at Arnold Schwarzenegger's Fitness EXPO '98 brings back fond
memories of Arnold actually singing "Happy Birthday" to her on stage before
a packed house that drew 75,000 competitors and spectators for a weekend in
Columbus, Ohio in 1998. Much of that same notoriety has been experienced at
Film Festivals all over the world in addition to countless hundreds and
hundreds of karate and kung-fu tournaments she has attended over the past
decade. Being honored at the Crystal Awards (comparable to Hollywood’s
Academy Award "Oscars") had it’s finer moments as well. Cynthia was
presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for popularizing martial arts
around the world through the film media.
Publicity has followed Cynthia Rothrock through every stage of her
illustrious career. She is the "media darling" of virtually every reporter,
writer, and martial arts magazine in the world. They know that she draws
readers by the thousands to their publication. In fact, her "image" and
"career" is perhaps followed more closely (by martial arts enthusiast) than
any other "martial arts" actors except Chuck Norris or Jackie Chan.