Cynthia Rothrock – The First Female Covergirl of Martial Arts

Cynthia Rothrock

Hello out there future movie stars and martial arts enthusiasts. I would like to welcome you to another post of our celebrity profile, where we select an action movie star and write up some information about them to showcase them as a martial artist and/or movie star. One day, we hope to be writing up about you!
This week we have decided to post one for the girls out there. And this one is none other than Cynthia Rothrock, an American martial artist and actress, who specialises in martial arts films and holds black belt rankings in seven styles of martial arts. Cynthia was a high level competitor in martial arts forms before becoming an actress. And also the first female to be featured on the cover of a martial arts magazine.

Here are some facts about this bad ass chick!

 

Born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Between 1981 and 1985, Rothrock was five-time World Champion in forms and weapons.

Took first place in forms 32 times and first place in weapons 12 times in her first 38 tournaments. As there was no Women’s Division, Cynthia compete in “Men’s Forms” three out of four times.

Inducted into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame as “Female Competitor of the Year” in 1983.

It was the film, Yes, Madam (also known as Police Assassins or In the Line of Duty Part 2), that Cynthia had her first film role in. After it proved to be a box office success, Cynthia ended up staying in Hong Kong until 1988, doing seven films there.

She had become one of the few western performers to achieve genuine stardom in the local Hong Kong film industry before achieving success in their own country.

Retired from acting to teach private martial arts lessons at her martial arts studio in Studio City, California. This was after starring in the 2004 film Xtreme Fighter (a.k.a. Sci-Fighter), where she played Sally Kirk / The White Dragon.

Married to her Kung Fu instructor, Ernest Rothrock at the age of 21.

Currently, Cynthia works as a martial arts teacher, and co-owns a martial arts studio in Studio City, California, as part of the Z Ultimate Self Defense Studios chain of martial arts studios.

Her rankings are as follows:

  • 8th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do
  • Black Belt in Taekwondo
  • Black belt in Karate
  • Black Belt in Eagle Claw
  • Black Belt in Wu Shu
  • Black Belt in Northern Shaolin
  • Black Belt in Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu

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