I am a Muay Thai fanatic with a CV that includes 4 professional world titles and a PhD in Neuroscience (the study of the brain). I was introduced to Muay Thai in my early twenties—around the same time as the undertaking of my doctorate. By no means athletic in my youth, I was motivated to try out my first Muay Thai session after resolving to lose weight. That first class exhilarated me in a way I had never previously experienced from exercise—from then onwards I was hooked.
After a few years training in the UK at Kings Cobra Camp and, later, Dean White’s Gym, my passion for Muay Thai took me to Thailand in 2006, where I trained at gyms such as Muay Thai Plaza 2004 in Bangkok, Chay Yai Gym in Chiang Mai, and—for the past 7 years—Eminent Air Boxing Gym, Bangkok. During my boxing career I had 41 professional and 8 amateur fights and competed in countries such as Thailand, UK, China, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium and Czech Republic. I fought on several televised shows, including events at Sanam Luang on the birthdays of the King and Queen of Thailand, and won S-1 (126lb), WMA (57kg), and two WPMF (126lb) titles.
Despite no longer competing, I remain based in Thailand, and remain an avid follower of all things Muay Thai-related. Please read my posts for musings on events and experiences in the world of Muay Thai, ‘like’ and comment.
http://www.awakeningfighters.com/athletes/melissa-ray/ (incomplete record)
(Thanks to Huong Tran for the photo of Lumpini. Thanks also to Katrina Ray for casting her discerning eye over my initial writing efforts.)