You younglings out there may not know her at all but during the 80’s when Kung Fu was still popular and there was no such thing as “Mixed Martial Arts” there was an explosion of talent on the big screen by many Martial Arts stars. Most of these ass kickers were male but one name that sticks out… at least to this guy is a female ball of fire, known as Cynthia Rothrock.
Watching the video below tells me her influence was probably felt in the development of “Sonja Blade” from Mortal Kombat fame… though I think Cynthia would “walk the dog” with Sonja in a kumite. Actually many of our older fighting games have a little “Cynthia” in them when it comes to female fighting. Ya you too Nina Williams from Tekken… though she has the La Femme Nikita thing going on too… but i’m losing my train of thought here.
Cynthia’s American movies had the same level of cheese that everything here did with martial arts, but it’s a testament to her form and grace that they were still enjoyed by many… I have friends who are still mad at her for beating big Bolo Yeung in Tiger Claws 2 lol. Anyway, as a black belt, forms champion and a dynamite. We honor Cynthis Rothrock as femme fatale of the hour.
She’s pretty cute too… ya cute like a cobra!