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Josh studied Tai Chi under Grandmaster William C. C. Chen and has written extensively on the impact of this training. In his widely praised book, "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance", Josh describes the methods of learning he came to understand through his exploration of what it takes to achieve excellence in chess and Tai Chi. Josh is an 8-time National Chess Champion and won his first national chess championship at age 9.

Josh Waitzkin's Push Hands Videos

Chess master becomes world Tai Chi Push Hands champion From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

These are the only videos on the web that document the brief but amazing, push hands career of Josh Waitzkin. This private collection includes his U.S. and world championship bouts, plus revealing videos from the year-long, "training camp" that he organized for the American push hands team. (With a subscription you can view these and all the other videos on this channel.)


National Push Hands Championship Videos

Videos of Josh Waitzkin competing to become U.S. push hands champion

Josh Waitzkin pushing

At the National Push Hands Championship in Orlando Florida in July 2004, Josh won 5 Gold medals at different weight classifications. He also won 3 Silver medals (moving step, restricted step, and fixed step) when he competed in the super-heavyweight class. These entertaining and educational videos are an encyclopedia of push hands techniques done under the pressure of high-level competition.

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Push Hands Training Videos

How the winning U.S. team trained for championships

Josh Waitzkin pushing hands with Daniel Caulfield

Josh organized the "training camp" for the highly successful push hands team from Grandmaster William C. C. Chen's School of Tai Chi Chuan. Many of the sessions were videotaped and these private videos have priceless instructional value, besides being fun to watch.

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World Push Hands Championships in Taiwan

Match 1 of Chung Hwa Cup World Tai Chi Chuan Championship

Josh Waitzkin uproots opponent


Josh Waitzkin (black sash) in his first match at the 7th Chung Hwa Cup International Push Hands Championship in Taipei Taiwan in November 2004. Josh easily wins this fixed step push hands bout. (Under fixed step rules, the first competitor to move his feet loses.)

From: Josh Waitzkin and Frank Pfeiffer (00:04:01)

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Match 2 of Chung Hwa Cup World Tai Chi Chuan Championship

Josh Waitzkin pushes opponent

Josh Waitzkin (yellow shirt) wins this moving step push hands bout at the 2004 Push Hands Championship. (In moving step competition, the object is either to push the opponent out of "ring" or put the opponent on the ground.)

From: Josh Waitzkin and Frank Pfeiffer (00:02:39)

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Match 3 of Chung Hwa Cup World Tai Chi Chuan Championship

Josh Waitzkin pushes opponent


Josh Waitzkin (black shirt) wins this fixed step push hands bout at the 2004 Push Hands Championship.

From: Josh Waitzkin and Frank Pfeiffer (00:00:53)

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Match 4 of Chung Hwa Cup World Tai Chi Chuan Championship

Josh Waitzkin pushes opponent

Josh Waitzkin (black shirt) wins this moving step push hands bout at the 2004 Push Hands Championship

From: Josh Waitzkin and Frank Pfeiffer (00:03:42)

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Final fixed step match of Chung Hwa Tai Chi Chuan competition

Josh Waitzkin pushes opponent

Josh Waitzkin (black shirt) wins the final fixed step push hands bout at the 2004 Push Hands Championship. With this bout, Josh wins the Middleweight World Championship in Fixed Step Push Hands.

From: Josh Waitzkin and Frank Pfeiffer (00:01:46) (The video camera is losing its charge, and so there are some skipped frames.)

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Final moving step match of Chung Hwa Tai Chi Chuan competition

Josh Waitzkin throws opponent

In a controversial decision, the judges disqualify the last throw by Josh Waitzkin (black shirt) and call the match a draw, awarding both contestants the title of Middleweight World Co-Champion in Moving Step Push Hands. This is the last match of the day and the video camera is running out of juice, which causes the stuttering and dropped frames. Even so, this is a terrific match to watch, with Josh taking on a brutally strong, fast, and skilled competitor.

From: Josh Waitzkin and Frank Pfeiffer (00:08:04)

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World Kuoshu Championship, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Final moving step push hands contest (2003-11)

Josh Waitzkin pushing opponent out of the ring

The contest for first place in middleweight push hands was an exciting bout, with plenty of action. Josh overwhelmed his opponent (yellow shirt), who ended up with the Silver medal, with fast pushes out of the ring and some spectacular takedowns.

From: Josh Waitzkin (00:04:48)

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Semi final moving step push hands contest (Brazil, 2003-11)

Josh Waitzkin throws opponent

Josh dominates this semi final match. He repeatedly pushes his frustrated opponent (blue shirt) out of the ring, leaving him with the Bronze medal.

From: Josh Waitzkin (00:02:27)

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Short Push Hands Clips from Josh Waitzkin

Some dramatic clips of high-level competitive action

Josh Waitzkin throws opponent


Highlights of competitions showing takedowns and throws by Josh Waitzkin (black shirt). The video has clips from the 2003 Brazil World Push Hands Championship, the 2004 Nationals in Orlando, and from pushing hands with his training partner Daniel Caulfield at William Chen's studio in New York City.

From: Josh Waitzkin (00:00:41)

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