cynthia rothrock

Cynthia Rothrock made a name for herself in Hollywood as the first female authentic martial artist to make it big in the movie business.

When you think of martial arts action movie stars, names such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee come to mind. Just as important is Cynthia Rothrock.

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A lifetime of achievement... and then some.

So, big news: The 2021 recognition for Lifetime Achievement, my favorite event of SuperShow, is going to Cynthia Rothrock. Those in the know probably thought at first, "Again? Surely she already has one?" I mean she does win a lot, so I don't blame you. She's been responsible for a shocking amount of firsts in martial arts. We are honored to provide her her first L.T.A.—though at her astonishing pace, I wonder how one measures a "lifetime" for achievement.

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Cynthia Rothrock performing a form with a bo staff

Cynthia Rothrock made a name for herself in Hollywood as the first female authentic martial artist to make it big in the movie business.

When you think of martial arts action movie stars, names such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee come to mind. Just as important is Cynthia Rothrock.

Keep Reading Show less