Diakonia Mar 22, 9 Josh Waitzkin realizes there is more to life than chess. He went on and accomplished other things like being a multiple time Tai Chi champion. He understand that happiness is more important than success. Mandy Mar 22, 10 Josh is very wise to switch to Tai Chi.
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Brilliant creations are often born of small errors. He was going to play on the monkey bars, and instead he fell in love with the art that would dominate much of his young life. The park guys taught Josh their aggressive, intuitive style of competition, which would remain his trademark for years to come.
At age 7, Josh began his classical study of the game with his first formal teacher, Bruce Pandolfini. From age 9 on Josh dominated the US scholastic chess scene. At the age of eleven, he drew a game with World Champion Garry Kasparov in a simultaneous exhibition. At age 13, Josh earned the title of National Master. Cadet Championship under-sixteen. That same year, at 16, Josh became an International Master and the U.
Junior Under Co-Champion. In he won the U. Junior Championship and placed fourth in the Under World Championship. Since , Josh has been the spokesperson, and the architect of the Josh Waitzkin Academy, for Chessmaster: the largest computer chess program in the world. He was drawn into the art by his love for eastern philosophy and meditation, and by the desire to begin a learning process anew, as a total beginner, away from the spotlight that constantly followed his chess career.
He won an unprecedented total of 5 National Championship titles in the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Heavyweight divisions. In , Waitzkin founded The JW Foundation , an educational non-profit dedicated to an individualized approach to learning, and he currently serves as president of the organization.
In addition to consulting internationally on the subjects of performance psychology, the learning process and creativity, Josh is currently focusing on his third art: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. All rights reserved. Design: Brand-Katalyst Creative.
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