||A student of the renowned Tai Chi master Cheng Man-ch'ing, Wolfe Lowenthal writes an accessible memoir of his tutelage from the mid-60's to 1975, when Professor Cheng returned to Taiwan and shortly thereafter passed away. Professor Cheng, known as the "Master of the Five Excellences" (painting, poetry, calligraphy, medicine, and Tai Chi Chuan), opened a Tai Chi center in Chinatown, New York City, that introduced the ancient form to America. THERE ARE NO SECRETS is an easy read that is layered with subtle teachings from the point of view of the student Lowenthal. The account begins with Lowenthal as a frustrated screenwriter forced into a seemingly bleak future and proceeds to take us on a journey to discover how he learns to master his reaction to the world instead of trying to master the world itself. The book recounts tidbits of Lowenthal's own journey as well as humanizing the revered master, Cheng. The insights are subtle and easy to grasp, but contain information that resonates beyond a single read. Though filled with spiritual and physical lessons, the book is more of an overview of the ideals that Professor Cheng tried to bestow upon his students, told through a filter of anecdotal accounts of a unique era. An ideal lighter companion piece to some of the books that deal with the more involved teachings of Cheng Man-ch'ing, THERE ARE NO SECRETS includes a collection of black-and-white photos of Cheng during those years.