Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Josh Waitzkin, Subject of "Searching For Bobby Fischer," wins World Championship in Martial Arts. : Khalsa News Network- KNTimes.com

Khalsa News Network- KNTimes.com: "International Chess Master Josh Waitzkin defies odds winning the Middleweight World Championship Title in Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands (Fixed Step), and becomes the Middleweight World Co-Champion in Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands (Moving Step), after competing in the 7th Chung Hwa Cup International Tai Chi Chuan Championships in Taiwan December 5th. Waitzkin, who came to fame as the subject of the highly acclaimed book Searching For Bobby Fischer (written by his father, Fred Waitzkin), was immortalized in the Paramount film of the same name as a chess prodigy winning his first National Championship.

Waitzkin went on to dominate the scholastic chess circuit, winning 8 National Chess Championship titles before the age of 19. Waitzkin began studying Tai Chi Chuan with Grandmaster William CC Chen (NYC) in '98. He has since won an unprecedented total of 13 National Championship titles over the last five years in the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, and Heavyweight divisions. He now adds two World Championship titles to his credit.

In November of '04 Waitzkin signed what is reported to be a $300,000 book deal with Simon and Schuster's Free Press (rep’d by Amanda Urban, ICM) for his second book, an autobiographical discussion of the learning process and performance psychology, scheduled for release in 2006."

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