This particular woman, that the gallery is devoted to is known by every true martial artist – Cynthia Rothrock.
She holds black belts in numerous Eastern martial arts disciplines (such as Tang Soo Do (Korean), Tae Kwon Do (Korean), Eagle Claw (Chinese), Wu Shu (contemporary Chinese), and Northern Shaolin (classical Chinese)).
She also happens to be one of the very few selected individuals to be inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame and Kung-Fu Hall of Fame.
Rothrock has also been included in such renowned organizations as the Martial Arts Gallery of Fame, MARTIAL ARTS, Traditions, History, People, The Martial Arts Sourcebook, and dozens of other historical reference books of martial significance.
On the silver screen Cynthia Rothrock has made just under 50 movies, most of which, are very familiar to martial arts fans, and some are even considered classic.
During her days in the “Asian action cinema”, Rothrock set a record of becoming the very first non-Chinese westerner to carry an action movie single-handedly in Hong Kong. In fact, she left Hong Kong as one of the most celebrated action stars in Hong Kong’s cinematic history.
I had a great pleasure of interviewing Mrs. Rothrock back in 2009, and it’s just a sad fact for me, that she stopped appearing on-screen. In my opinion, the only two women who somehow come close to her (in terms of action movies and martial arts) are Zoe Bell and Gina Carano.
So far, however, Cynthia Rothrock remains as the only “queen of martial arts movies”. Feel free to enjoy her photo gallery below (pictures from her films, numerous photo shoots, events and martial arts workshops).
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