Cynthia Rothrock, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Martial Arts films,” was born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, and was raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From an early age, Rothrock gained appreciation for martial arts. At 13, she began taking lessons at the private gym of her parents’ best friends, and was soon after entered open karate competitions to showcase her unique abilities. At only 5’3" tall, she holds five Black belts in various Far Eastern martial disciplines, including Northern Shaolin (classical Chinese), Eagle Claw (Chinese), and Tang Soo Do (Korean), Tae Kwon Do (Korean) and Wu Shu (contemporary Chinese).
Rothrock was also the undefeated World Karate Champion in both forms and weapons competitions from 1981 to 1985. And she is one of the very few individuals to be inducted into both the Black Belt Hall of Fame and Inside Kung-Fu Hall of Fame. Rothrock eventually caught the attention of Hong Kong-based Golden Harvest Productions, who cast Rothrock opposite… read more