Free Summer Camp DC Residents 6-18 years old

Free Summer Camp 2023

Our 2023 Summer Camp, "The Mars Generation" is free for DC residents aged 6-18 years old.  We do ask for a $50 registration fee.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Arts & Culture (STEMAC) summer program runs Monday through Friday 12pm to 6pm, from 26 June to 28 July 2023. 

This summer program includes instruction in free Kung Fu, Lion Dance, Dragon Dance, Mandarin Language and African Drumming. 

Children on Fridays will go on field trips in the DC region. Thursdays will emphasize a technology subject.

Free Children's African Drumming 2022-2023

Free Saturday Children's Program

With the help of generous funding we teach a free program of Kung Fu, Chinese Drumming, African Drumming, Lion and Dragon Dance, Mandarin and Meditation. 

This year we are honored to have Jabari Exum teach African Drumming.

Jabari Exum a.k.a JabariDC was the featured drummer and movement coach for Black Panther and Black Panther, Wakanda Forever movies.

DC residents aged 6-18 are eligible for this free  program. African Drumming is on Saturdays 2-3pm. The program runs from October 2022 to 11 June 2023.

"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,

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

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