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Free After-School Program (MoTuWeTh)

Our 2023-2024 After-School Program starts October 9, Monday. It is free for DC residents aged 6-18 years old.  We do ask for a $50 registration fee. 

The program operates 4:15p-6:15p Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is no after-school program on Fridays.

We also offer Kung Fu, Lion and Dragon Dance on Saturdays (12 noon - 1:45pm) starting September 16, 2023.

And then, October 7, 2023, we add onto Saturdays (2pm - 4pm), African Drumming with Jabari Exum.

Djembe drums awaiting transfer to the stage at JFK Performing Arts Center.

Summer Camp Concluded; After School Starts Soon

Our free summer Camp 2023 of Djembe drums, Chinese Thunder Drums, Lion Dance, Kung Fu for Washington DC children and youth has concluded. 

Participants, coaches, teachers and parents traveled to Philadelphia to visit the Paul Robeson Home to perform Lion Dance and Djembe drum. Following this event, campers rolled to perform more lion dance and drumming at Philly's famous summer block party.

"Here I Stand" bronze award statue

"Here I Stand" Award Gala

HTCMLI in past years produced a program at the Historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW that presented an award, in the spirit of Paul Robeson, to an outstanding artist activist. 

An artist activist is one that makes no distinction between their work as an artist and their life as a human being, to paraphrase Paul Robeson.

The award program included pre-program events, usually a lion dance or an awakening of a new lion, or a drum circle at a local venue such as Ben's Chili Bowl. 

Summer flight school taught summer camp students on professional flight trainers.

Make a Donation

Please consider making a donation.

With low overhead and a small staff, donations go a long way at Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute. They go to the children's programs.

Each contribution allows us to create and teach programs like the Summer Camp Flight School. In that program, a licensed and experienced pilot taught our Kung Fu summer students how to fly on professional level flight trainers. Experience on those trainers was logged for each student and qualifies as experience for a pilot's license.

Summer Camp 2019 Group Photo

Kung Fu

Hung Tao Choy Mei teaches children and adults fitness, focus, and self-defense. Kung Fu training requires no equipment, just hard work and a focused mind.

We teach Jow Ga Kung Fu to adults of all ages, for short or long stretches of time. We understand that adults have demanding work schedules, and go out of town, have looming deadlines, or are passing through on assignment. We have classes weekdays and weekends, but you practice when you can. Our rates are low and we have no contract. We ask only that when you come you work hard.

Jow Ga student rests on edge of chair after sparring.


It is said that there are two things you train in martial arts: the 'seen', and the 'unseen'. 

Sometimes it is described as external and internal energy, or strength/power and chi. But let's keep it simple, because it is challenging to train that which you cannot see. The simple answer is that self-defense takes hard work over time.

Lion Dancer pauses in low stance.


Adults are invited to come for a free trial class. Come check us out with sport shoes on. Send us an email to let us know to expect you, htcmrahim@aol.com.

We have no contract, no direct debit and monthly tuition is $90. Uniform is $50 (Tshirt, pants, sash). If you decide to study with us then you will sign a waiver form and fill out some contact details on another form. That's it. 

Colorful dragon flies with help of Kung Fu students


1351 U Street, Washington, DC 20009  | Abdur-Rahim Muhammad 202-232-2387  htcmrahim@aol.com

Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) leadership development organization focusing on developing life-long skills for adults and children of Washington, DC.

Streching student prepares for performance [pic: Miki Jourdan].

Class Times

CHILDREN -- Saturday Noon to 3:00p Kung Fu, Drumming, Lion Dance

CHILDREN No-Classes-Monday

CHILDREN [Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4pm to 6pm Kung Fu, Drumming, Lion Dance] on hold for the moment.

CHILDREN No-Classes-Friday


ADULTS Saturday 

Please email htcmrahim@aol.com if you want to attend Saturday.