Cynthia Vannoy-Rhoades has been a practising martial artist since 1989. She started her journey in Kempo and is currently a black belt at the Kyuki-Do Martial Arts and Sports Academy in Sheridan, Wyoming, under Master Jae Ho Sim. She was born and raised on a Wyoming ranch, where she still lives. She grew up worshipping nature and the natural world. She has been a rancher, guide, horse-trainer, writer-photographer and reporter as well as a martial artist.