|With Melissa Ray in Bangkok a few days ago|
I caught up with Melissa Ray a few times including going to fights outside MBK department store one evening. Melissa was starting out her adventures in MuayThai in Bangkok around the time I was finishing up. The first time I met her, she was sporting a large bandage over one eye after an elbow-filled fight. She's now retired but still training six days a week at Eminent Air gym and refusing to leave.
You may know Melissa from her blog 'MuayThai on the Brain'
It's really great to see so many female fighters blogging about their experiences in Thai gyms now. When I was fighting there were very few women to talk to about boxing, and the internet was barely a baby. It's an easy way of sharing, and as there are still relatively few women involved in the sport I hope the support available online is inspiring everyone.
Melissa has been based in Thailand for about eight years now; mainly in Bangkok but also in the north in Chiang Mai. If you're looking for a perceptive and Thailand-experienced look at MuayThai, her blog is a great source.