Gleason's Focus Method 


Gleason’s Gym is now offering a 50-minute non-contact/structured AUTISM
BOXING CLASS featuring Gleason’s Focus Method.

Gleason’s Focus Method is simply a slowing down of basic boxing moves into
manageable bite-size movements that can be expanded upon over time -
increasing the participant's boxing skills repertoire.

Benefits include improved focus, anxiety reduction, increased confidence,
physical coordination, and mental strength - along with the chance to enjoy a little camaraderie to combat isolation. (All the natural positive reinforcement
components inherent in boxing.)

Where: Gleason’s Gym – 130 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Saturdays at 2:00 PM
How Much: $25 per class - adjustable on the basis of need.

Please call Gleason’s Gym at 718-797-2872 or email
INFO@GLEASONSGYM.COM to join the fun!


Gleason’s Gym, the oldest boxing gym in the United States, is launching a program for individuals with autism beginning on Saturdays at 2pm through August 28. One of the only boxing programs for people with autism in New York City, the initial 50-minute non-contact class offering uses Gleason’s Focus Method, a slowing down of basic boxing moves into manageable, “bite-size” movements that can be expanded over time, thus increasing the participants’ boxing skill set. The focus of the program is to give positive attention to “what is working” for the individual during the practice of boxing. 
Taught by experienced teachers Amy Bridges and David DeBesse, the class is built upon foundational principles of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) integrated into the discipline in a fun and energetic way, making use of specific cues and prompts. The Saturday class is open to people with autism of all ages and ability levels, and, after a brief initial intake assessment, will be tailored to each individual’s needs, gradually increasing in skill level as the sessions progress. 
Consisting of a warm-up, drills, heavy bag work and a cooldown stretch, the class emphasizes camaraderie amongst participants, with the goal of improving focus, reducing anxiety, and increasing confidence, physical coordination, and mental strength amongst participants.
Gleason’s Gym is located at 130 Water Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Each class is $25, which can be adjusted on a sliding scale based on need. There is no on-going commitment; participants can attend whenever they are able. To register or for more information, call (718) 797-2872 or email 

About the Instructors
Amy Bridges is a certified boxing trainer at Gleason’s Gym, originally trained by the world renowned boxing trainer and former Olympian, Hector Roca—who has trained numerous world class boxers, as well as many Hollywood actors like Academy Award winner Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. Amy holds an MSEd in Science from Hunter College with a specialty in Clinical Rehabilitation, including a Certified Rehabilitation Counseling credential. She also holds an Advanced Certification Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) at CUNY Hunter from the ABA Graduate School program. 
Amy recently developed the first ABA-inspired Autism Boxing Program called the Gleason’s Focus Method for the Neurodiverse. She is a therapeutic boxing trainer for Parkinson’s and is a Federal Autism Advocate and New York State Autism Advocate, as part of the Autism Speaks Advocacy Ambassador Program.
An actor and a fight director, David DeBesse is currently an Adjunct Professor at The City College of New York, where he teaches stage combat. He has extensive previous stage combat teaching credits, including classes at Long Island University at C.W. Post, the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, and AMDA, and he has conducted many workshops and short-term teaching assignments at other institutions. As an actor, David has worked at numerous regional theatres, has appeared on Broadway and toured with The Acting Company.  As a fight director he has worked on and off Broadway and at a number of regional theatres and was a stunt coordinator for the daytime soap opera Guiding Light. David is a certified boxing trainer at Gleason’s Gym.