Non-Contact Boxing Classes for
People on the Autism Spectrum
Gleason’s Gym is now offering a 50-minute, non-contact boxing class for individuals on the autism spectrum..
Ages 7 to 18, all ability levels welcome!
Saturdays at 2pm
Beginning September 11, 2021
Gleason’s Gym – 130 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
$25 per class (adjustable on the basis of need)
The class features Gleason's Focus Method, 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. Classes will be tailored to each individual, focusing on giving positive attention to what is working for each individual.
-plus socialization and camaraderie!
To register or for questions, call Gleason’s Gym at 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.