ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Lorraine Ziff has had a lengthy and productive career, appearing in films ranging from "The Muppets Take Manhattan" to "Treachery" to "The Martial Arts Kid"and TV shows as diverse as "L.A. Law" and "Burn Notice".

Which means, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed stunner has been in Hollywood long enough and attended enough events over the years not to be easily impressed.

However, when recalling the 2015 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors at the Tropicana in Atlantic City in late January, she happily gushes about the event known world wide as "The Academy Awards of Martial Arts".

"The Hall of Honors was exactly that - an honor to be around and wonderful to attend", exclaims Ziff,who is a 3rd-Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Ziff says that being a high-level martial artist herself, that it was awe-inspiring to be surrounded by scores of World Champion martial artists and Grandmasters, in addition to numerous other martial arts actors and legends.

"To be in the same location with so many of the 'best of the best' was fantastic, thrilling, encouraging and energizing", exclaims Ziff. "So many disciplines-so many people at the top of their game! The respect was awe-inspiring!"

"The Tropicana played host to all of the events beautifully too-from the many booths with materials, tools of the trade, and stars (including her son,Matthew Ziff, one of the stars of "The Martial Arts Kid" and Martin Kove, the original "bad guy" sensei John Kleese from "The Karate Kid"), to the seminars and demonstrations, to the Awards Dinner - it was all done in top notch fashion with even the smallest details managed."

Ziff, who plays shopkeeper Peggy in "The Martial Arts Kid" - which should be released later this year - says she was also happy seeing her cast mates from that film at the event.t.

"We got to screen 'The Martial Arts Kid' too", says Ziff of the film co-headlined by Cynthia Rothrock and Don "The Dragon" Wilson and also starring young stars Jansen Panettiere and Kathryn Newton. "Many people got to watch a screener of the movie for the first time thanks to this event and the response was overwhelmingly positive".

Add it all up and Ziff says that while this may have been her first time attending "The Academy Awards of Martial Arts", it won't be the last.

"Kudos to Alan Goldberg for putting such a magnificent event together", Ziff exclaims excitedly. "I can hardly wait to return next year!"

"The Martial Arts Kid" is scheduled to hit theaters in late 2015.


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