When it comes to Kung Fu, people immediately relate the topic to men. But these women of Kung Fu strut their stuff and without a doubt they bring some kick-ass performances to the stage and on the screen.
Hey there everyone, and welcome back to the channel. This is where we cover all things martial arts, Karate, Kung Fu, and all things fighting. The world of Kung Fu has been mostly dominated by the male audience and today, we are giving credit where credit is due, and showcasing these amazing women of Kung Fu that you do not want to mess with.
#8. Lucy Liu
Starting the list is a well-known artist that some would not have ever guessed had practiced the art of Kung Fu. Lucy Liu has an extensive background in manipulating her body and mind through intense training. One of her former jobs was working as an aerobics instructor and later on as she became more popular in film, her roles required her to learn more about martial arts. She practices the art of Kali Eskrima and became well acquainted with it allowing her to showcase the skill on the big screen. Those moves on screen were genuine to the art. And for her to display them so effortlessly, surely earned her spot right here on the list.
#7. Cynthia Rothrock
Rothrock is one of America’s most recognizable martial arts stars, as she has starred in many top Hong Kong films such as Yes, Madam, Millionaires Express and Righting Wrongs, continued by many martial arts titles in the U.S. These types of feats are not common for either male or females. She was able to display her place in the world of film and in the world of Kung Fu martial arts. Rothrock is a five-time World Champion and has awards and weaponry artistry, and holds seven black belts and sashes in multiple far Eastern martial arts disciplines; including Tang Soo Do, Taekwondo, Eagle Claw, Wushu, Northern Shaolin, and Kung Fu.
#6. Ronda Rousey
If you’re wondering how did Rowdy Rousey make this list, we can answer that simply with: it’s because she can kick your ass. Well, that and the fact that her training in Judo, Judoka, Kung Fu, and other martial art forms. She trained with many MMA fighters before her career took off and from there, she became a vicious competitor in the ring. Going on to earn medal after medal, gold after gold in Olympic Games, and even earning multiple championships within the UFC. Rowdy Rousey certainly is a woman that you do not want to cross paths with on a bad day.
#5. Karen Sheperd
7th degree Black Belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do, Karen Sheperd is an American actress and martial artist that has been able to gain so much popularity through her on-screen performances. She accomplished stunts that no other person would perform. Her roles were able to show her Kung Fu and stylish display of skill that put her in an intimidating light. Beauty, grace and agility – all in one body. Karen Sheperd has been able to build a large community and shared her knowledge with youth and inspired so many to follow in her steps.
#4. Zara Phythian
This star is on another level. When it comes to being a force to be reckoned with, Zara Phythian has shown her skill set in major films such as Kung Fu Darling, Tribal Get Out Alive and Doctor Strange. Her background includes starting martial arts at the young age of 7 years old. She’s a former 13 times World Martial Art Champion and Hall of Fame inductee. This talented actor, businesswoman and martial artist is a trifecta of pure perfection. She trains Wing Chun Kung Fu with GM Samuel Kwok.
#3. Moon Lee
This Hong Kong actress starred in many action-packed features from the 80s and 90s including Fighting Madam, Mr. Vampire, and others. She showed a massive amount of speed and talent when she showcased her stunts on the screen. Her acrobatic skills combined with her Kung Fu and martial arts training has made her a very well respected actor and practitioner.
#2. Diana Lee Inosanto
When you are the daughter of a martial arts guru Dan Inosanto, who was the best friend of the well-known Bruce Lee, you are most likely going to be great. And this is exactly what Diana Lee Inosanto was able to achieve. Grand master Dan Inosanto was Bruce Lee’s best student and close friend. Diana Lee went on to practice the art of Jeet Kune Do, Filipino arts of Kali Eskrima, Panantukan, Silat, Western Boxing, Kickboxing and Wing Chun. A massive and extensive list of amazing fighting forms that would strike fear in any opponent, or at least the ones who should know better.
#1. Cheng Pei-pei
The royalty of Kung Fu film, Cheng Pei-pei, is known for her famous roles in Come Drink with Me that was released in 1966. One of her most famous pieces that was created was her villainous role in the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Her skills have been placed in a massive amount of films and television shows as well. From the early 60s, all the way up to current times, with her last role being the matchmaker in the movie Mulan, her sword play rivaled that of many due to her elegant stance and ability to manipulate the blade in a majestic and graceful manner. Cheng Pei-pei is a legend and whatever she does, she does it extremely well. You just have to make sure that you are never in her crosshair or path of blades.
These women have clearly shown that the world of Kung Fu is not owned by the males. They also can remind you of how dangerous the most beautiful aspects of life can be. Never underestimate your opponent for any reason whatsoever. That’s all the time we have for you today. Be sure to hit that subscribe button and stay up to date on all the videos we have in store for you. Thanks for watching. See you next time.
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