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|Jul-26-10|| ||ethan stech: <4theloveofchess: The guy couldn't become a grandmaster if his life depended on it! Everyone knows that by now...
"Josh is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ...with a goal of becoming a world champion in that martial art by 2010 or 2011" - a brown belt dreaming of becoming a world champ??? Come on kid, don't embarrass yourself!|
All this guy has mastered is self promotion, this skill comes easy with deep pockets, just like any other "achievements".>
There's nothing wrong with dreaming, and certainly nothing wrong with aiming for grandmaster, but I agree that he's trying to get there a little too soon. Ambition is good when used well; when it isn't, it serves no purpose but to tire you out.
|Jul-26-10|| ||TheFocus: <4theloveofchess>< The guy couldn't become a grandmaster if his life depended on it! Everyone knows that by now...|
"Josh is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ...with a goal of becoming a world champion in that martial art by 2010 or 2011" - a brown belt dreaming of becoming a world champ??? Come on kid, don't embarrass yourself!>
Actually, each belt color in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (which Josh takes) has a world championship tournament - blue, purple, brown and black.
|Aug-24-10|| ||JohnstownChess: @4theloveofchess actually a brown belt in Gracie BJJ is very good. The Gracies do not give out black belts the way your strip mall karate McDojo does. Very few gracie BJJ black belts in the world. Many very good MMA fighters will only have a brown belt, and it is true that they also have world champs for each respective belt level. So who knows?|
|Aug-24-10|| ||chancho: Adult belt colors (16 and over) in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
black red belt.
|Aug-24-10|| ||TheFocus: Average time to advance up a belt is 2 - 3 years. Purple belts would have the knowledge and skills to teach. A purple belt in BJJ is the equivalent of a black belt in any other system (just can't promote).|
|Dec-04-10|| ||chess man: Happy birthday Josh Waitzkin! You helped me discover the amazing world of chess nine years ago; and for that I thank you.|
|Feb-13-11|| ||obsesschess: No matter what anyone says about the guy, his GOTD today is great value. Plus the lessons on Chessmaster he narrates are very useful to players of all levels.|
|Feb-13-11|| ||Lil Swine: considering they use fischer's name but yet pay him nothing, and then call him crazy for ranting. The people who are stupid enough to refuse fischer money are jackasses. respect your elders people|
|Feb-13-11|| ||Penguincw: I wonder when Joshua Waitzkin will become a grandmaster.|
|Feb-14-11|| ||rapidcitychess: <Penguin> He quit. Something about mastering Brazilian jujitsu or something like that... :)|
|Feb-14-11|| ||Appaz: <<Lil Swine> considering they use fischer's name>|
The movie is not too bad as a movie, except for the usual Hollywood clichés, but seen as biographical story it's pure trash.
You can read more fascinating stuff on Jeff Sarwer, the pages of the real opponent of Waitzkin.
|Feb-14-11|| ||Penguincw: < rapidcitychess: <Penguin> He quit. Something about mastering Brazilian jujitsu or something like that... :) > Ok.Thanks.Maybe he'll come back to the chess world though.|
|Feb-14-11|| ||Shams: <Penguincw> <Maybe he'll come back to the chess world though.>|
After his career as a shoulder model falls through? (This picture still annoys me.)
I think he has somewhat soured on the competitive aspects of chess. I recall him issuing a broad warning to parents of talented youngsters.
|Aug-14-11|| ||LIFE Master AJ: http://www.joshwaitzkin.com/bio.html|
|Jul-05-12|| ||Faustio: ... or how about the "Art of not becoming a Grandmaster despite having decades of time to study, and only missing it by a score of points."|
Instead, lets play "Eastern, philosophical Hand-Tapping" to demonstrate our incredible polymathic and versatile abilites.
|Dec-04-12|| ||jovack: I'm loving the people coming here to talk smack about him. There will always be haters.
"ya wat an idiot, he didnt reech GM so therefore i can make fun of him because im posting on a chess website, which make me qualified"|
|Dec-04-12|| ||perfidious: <jovack> True enough-it takes only a computer and some slight knowledge of the game to qualify some out there-in their minds, anyway.|
I remember Josh from some US Amateur team events in the early 1990s; the kid could play. One suspects more than a little jealousy because this player chose to pursue other activities. It was the right thing for him to do, and that should be good enough for others. Who is anyone to judge in that way?
|Dec-04-12|| ||jowels: I am so glad he is player of the day today. Such a funny bio. Basically he had a positional coach who was forcing positional style play when Josh was all about tactics & attacking. He blames the reason he fell out of love with the game was because he was being forced into a cookie cutter mold which wasn't suited for him. Either way, he brought me to the game!|
He is all grown up now & finally married to a reality show contestant of all things!
|Dec-04-12|| ||Strongest Force: This page is entertaining. I thank all for participating. Josh's experience with martial arts may have been akin to real life Karate Kid stuff: a Russian american kid who was/is a kung fu master who started bullying Josh at a pick-up basketball game. That Russian kid lived in the same building as the Kamskys and could have been a GM. He switched from chess to kung fu when he saw Bruce Lee in The Chinese Connection. This is all true as him & Josh were good friends of mine.|
|Dec-04-12|| ||Nightsurfer: <Strongest Force> If one talks of <linking Chess to Martial Arts> and if one mentions <Joshua Waitzkin> in the foregoing context, one should mention as well that the concept of <linking Chess to Martial Arts> has been created by <Adisa Banjoko>, herewith more information about that: http://www.thechessdrum.net/histori...|
<Adisa Banjoko> has founded the Hip-Hop Chess Federation - the link to the HHCF: http://hiphopchess.blogspot.de - , and the HHCF has the vision of merging the cultures of Hip-Hop, Martial Arts and Chess. Herewith a corresponding interview with <Adisa Banjoko> that he has granted to the German daily <"neues deutschland">: http://www.neues-deutschland.de/art...
The HHCF has got stared with a great tournament in 2007, herewith a very entertaining reportage on TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaEL...
<RZA> of the <Wu-Tang Clan> took part in that tournament too, since he is a great fan of chess, please check out the interview as follows: http://chessbase.de/nachrichten.asp...
RZA and his <Wu-Tang Clan> emphasize the connection between Chess and Martial Arts, herewith their famous clip that is an all-time statement on that: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2... ...
|Dec-04-12|| ||Nightsurfer: ... that famous quote <"A game of chess is like a sword-fight ..."> that has become the programmatic line of <Wu-Tang Clan>'s song <"Da Mystery of Chessboxin'"> is a quote from the famous movie <"Shaolin and Wu Tang" (1981)>, herewith the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u4d... ... the scene when they play a thrilling game of chess (though it is Chinese Chess <"XiangQi"> ...) and when they <talk that talk "A game of chess is like a sword-fight ..."> , that talking starts at <15.51 pp.> ...|
Herewith a short clip that just features that very quote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uPA... ...
... apart from that: the title of <Wu-Tang Clan>'s song <"Da Mystery of Chessboxin'"> is the title of a whole movie that is dedicated to the idea that Martial Arts and Chess (though it is Chinese Chess <"XiangQi"> in the movie ...) are sisters, namely Chess is the Martial Art of the mind and Kung Fu is the Martial Art of the body, just have a look at the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgTv... , that movie is amazing, so much CHESS in a MOVIE!
Conclusion: The Godfathers of merging Chess and Martial Arts are those movie producers from the East, and their pupils are <RZA> and <Wu-Tang Clan> and <Adisa Banjoko>: They are the people that run the show!
|Dec-04-12|| ||HeMateMe: "World v. Bob" is still the best ever film with a chess theme.|
|Dec-05-12|| ||Strongest Force: Thx for bringing up that important history <Nightsurfer>. GM M. Ashley is good friends with Josh & actor Will Smith. The GM is a Akido expert & Smith may have introduced Rza & other HH stars to the GM. The Mystery Of Chess Boxing is very important.|
|Dec-05-12|| ||SugarDom: World Tai Chi Push Hands champion|
|Dec-13-12|| ||Nightsurfer: <Strongest Force> One of the supporters of the <Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF)> is Emory A Tate , herewith a video that features Emory A Tate giving a lecture at an event of <HHCF> that has been attended by <RZA>, <Rakaa> from <Dilated Peoples> and others: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JH3e... |
BTW, Joshua Waitzkin takes part in <HHCF>-events too, herewith a corresponding clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G0u... ;-)
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