Berkshire Business: Boxing club finds space to call home

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Three years after it began, Berkshire Boxing Club has found a permanent home.

The club, which has served as a "floating" program without a fixed location since its inception, has established a brick and mortar presence in the building formerly occupied by Gans Bedding at 72 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington.

The club will formally open to the public April 17; a grand opening celebration is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 17. Refreshments will be served at the grand opening, and a live sparring exhibition will take place. The public is invited to attend.

Geneve Brossard, Berkshire Boxing Club's head coach and founder, began running a grassroots boxing program in the Berkshires three years ago, training participants for everything from non-contact fitness to competition at a variety of county locations.

Brossard, who began boxing training at the legendary Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y. 20 years ago, is a former New York Golden Gloves and Empire Games champion, who was a member of the 2006 USA Elite Women's Boxing Team that represented the U.S. in the Pan American Games. The first woman to represent the London-based Lynn Boxing Club, Brossard fought on the European elite amateur circuit for two years, finishing her boxing career as a finalist in the 2010 London Amateur Boxing Association tournament.

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"Boxing for me has always meant freedom," Brossard said. "Through boxing I've experienced choice, the choice to train, to step into the ring, and choosing to be disciplined and devoted."

Berkshire Boxing Club provides training for beginners as well as seasoned boxers who are hoping to compete.

"That kind of devotion is reflected in the people who have been drawn to the Berkshire Boxing Club — teens, professional people, people looking to get in shape, older people," she said. "They've come in with very different intentions, and yet there is a real care and community here. They are supporting each other in their training. It's the kind of sport that engages everyone."

In addition to novice, youth Olympic-style, intermediate and competitive boxing classes, Berkshire Boxing Club provides strength and mobility training, functional fitness, athlete recovery yoga, sparring, one-on-one sessions, guest seminars, exhibition fights, and other unique events. For information, including class times and open gym hours,

visit berkshireboxing.com. For direct inquiries, email, info@berkshireboxing.com. Berkshire Boxing Club is also on Instagram @berkshireboxingclub and Facebook (Berkshire Boxing).


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