EARLY YEARS: CHESS
Josh Waitzkin first caught a glimpse of a chess set while 6 years old and walking with his mother in New York City's Washington Square Park. 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.
TAI CHI CHUAN
At twenty-one, Josh began to transition away from his early career in chess and into the study of the chinese martial art, Tai Chi Chuan with Grandmaster William CC Chen.
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.
THE ART OF LEARNING PROJECT
In 2007, Josh released his second book, The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance, an autobiographical discussion of the learning process and performance psychology, drawing from Josh's experiences in both chess and the martial arts.