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As it is well known,Josh Waitzkin integrated tai-chi into his chess system through the years...
But how many international chessplayers actually practice martial arts?
You are welcome.
I know Maurice Ashley practiced Aikido.
Gormally floors them with a single right hook.
I do kyokushin karate and brazillian jujitsu, but I don't think that they have anything to do with my chess though. :)
actually at my club there is a pretty good player who does mma
Chucky might start given his recent experience.
Any sport is good when you also play a concentration sport. Same goes for an inactive sport like pool. One should practice another sport to stay in shape- anime sane in corpore sane.
Martial arts also have the literal 'fighting your opponent' element, that comes back in chess as well.
Josh was on the fast track to stardom until his interests began to branch out. You become a more interesting, well-rounded person the more interests you pursue. You become great at one the more you let yourself slip into monomania.
I'd rather be interesting than great. But YMMV.
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