Cynthia Rothrock holds seven black belts and sashes in Tang Soo Do, Taekwondo, Eagle Claw), Wushu, Northern Shaolin, Ng Ying Kungfu and Pai Lum White Dragon style Kung Fu. She is also an 8th degree black beltr in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan and in her first 38 tournaments, often competing against men, she took first place in forms 32 times and first place in weapons 12 times.
So beyond being in some pretty fun films, there’s a good chance she can kick your head in.
Richard Norton has studied Judo, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Thai boxing and several Japanese weapons systems, which he worked with Bob Jones to synthesize into a hybrid martial art called Zen Do Kai. He’s also a 5th-Degree Shihan rank Black Belt in Goju Ryu, 8th-Degree Masters rank in Chuck Norris’ Chun Kuk Do, a 5th-Degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a 10th-degree Black Belt in Zen Do Kai Karate.
So beyond fighting Chuck Norris at the end of The Octagon and acting as his stunt coordinator for the series Walker, Texas Ranger, there’s a good chance he can also kick your head in.
This was not the first time the Rothrock and Norton team had come together, as they appeared in Magic Crystal, Lady Dragon and China O’Brien.
Kris Fairfield (Rothrock) is a teacher who has no problem fighting a gang al by herself when all she wanted to do was use the ATM. Preston Michaels (Norton) is an Australian cop and vacationing bodyguard for the band Skab Faktory who stops a mugging and ends up not only getting arrested, but getting screamed at about jurisdiction by LAPD Captain Murdock (Catherine Bach!).
Meanwhile, music conniseur and industrialist Conrad Drago (Brian Thompson) and his business partner Rita Carrion (Terri Treas, who was in the Alien Nation TV movies) are up to no good and for some reason, come to a martial arts seminar given by Fairfield. As she spars with Michaels, one of her students named Paris Armstrong (Patrick Malone) follow Drago and Carrion to an alley and catch them not only moving weight but also end up killing one of the dirty cops who arrested Michaels just hours ago. He gives away is position and the chase is on.
Paris gets beaten into near-oblivion while Michaels gets blamed for multiple crimes and ony Fairfield can exonerate him. Well, one hopes, but when the police is this corrupt who can say, you know? There’s also a female-centric gang led by Hanna the Hun (Alex Datcher) who go from forcing our leads to fight to being part of their team against Drago and then they decorate their headquarters before the big battle, which I can respect.
Director and writer Terence H. Winkless also made Bloodfist and wrote the script to The Howling. This has no werewoves, but it’s still pretty good.