Thias Kem Lopez aka THESIS began B-Boying 9 years ago at the young age of 8. He reflects, “Hip Hop is the first thing I can remember. Introduced at a very young age, I saw it as a break from all the bullshit in life. Even then, I saw freedom in it and I took it cause it just made sense to me.”
While not every parent is encouraging when a child’s unique ambition is to become a professional B-Boy, THESIS is grateful to have major support from his mother and stepfather. He admits, “Without them I really wouldn’t be where I’m at today.” When he was 9, his mother gave him the name “THESIS”. He explains, “Thesis = proving a point…Do the math!” He doesn’t really like math…
Since 2005, he has been taking titles everywhere from his birthplace in TUCSON, AZ to The Netherlands to his hometown of Seattle, WA. THESIS appears on battle DVDs such as B-Boy Ho-Down 2006 and IBE 2008 and he, along with his crew TheM Team, are sponsored by clothing company Mash Hall. While he works full time as a B-Boy, THESIS enjoys critical writing and is interested in learning to DJ but has never really taken the time to learn. Very experimental with movement, he has also been a house dancer for a long time and dancing as well as Capoiera in an effort to incorporate them into his B-Boying and complete his style.
On the battlefield, THESIS explains, being well rounded and using that quality wisely, are important ingredients to win. Maintaining his stamina and having fun when battling is essential for him. He describes his battle strategy as, “Just play your own game and win it.” He focuses on not allowing his opponents to try to defeat him psychologically (He’s taking sociology next quarter).