Lizabeth "Beth" Thrasher and her husband, Chris Thrasher, are the operators of Wingfield High School's Vector Jiu-Jitsu program.
Vector is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping at-risk youth who would not otherwise be able to afford martial-arts training.
"The whole point behind the program is to give kids a carrot out in front of them to make them want to come to school and want to achieve everything they can in life," Beth says. "We give them the motivation of learning a martial art and provide a family that'll hold them to a higher standard."
Instructor Since: 2013
Shoe size: 7.5
Favorite Number: 34
in Jiu Jitsu:
donated pr week:
Has been in Brazillian Jiu Jitsu for 9 years. Both Beth and Chris have an average number of students per year of about 75-100 and the Vector family is growing regularly. Most recently to include elemenatry students at Vector.
BETH THRASHER INSTRUCTOR / LIFE COACH
Childrens futures changed for the better per year - ALL of them
The couple refers to their domain behind the school's auditorium as "The 600 Square Feet of Truth."
Beth has 2 bachelors degrees, one in chemistry and one in biochemistry and went to medical school for 3 years
but did NOT become a doctor.
Beth and Chris have two children, 5-year-old Clayton and 4-year-old Sophia, who also like to practice jiu-jitsu at Vector.
Has a fused ankle and massive lasting traumatic wounds on my right leg from a car wreck in 2001 which leaves me unable to run but she can still train.
Rowed Varsity Crew in college even AFTER this injury. Something she is very proud of and that gives her a perspective on pushing past challenges that others may say would prevent learning, in spite of any obsticles.
Devotes herself to each child and each of their learning tasks at hand. Is hugely respected by her peers and students alike for her tenactity. Beth is the Mat mom for everyone of the Vector family members no matter age or years of experience. She is a Rock!