Wolfe Lowenthal was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1939 and attended Carnegie Mellon. He has worked as an anti-war activist, a typesetter, and a screen writer. In 1967 he studying Tai Chi Ch'uan with Professor Cheng Man-Ching, eventually becoming an assistant. After Professor Cheng's death in 1975, Lowenthal began teaching Tai Chi. He lives with his wife and young son in New York, where he studies and teaches at his school, The Long River Tai Chi Circle. He is the author of a previous book about Professor Cheng, There Are No Secrets, published in 1991.