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Fiesta Asia

Martial Arts Stage, Fiesta Asia, DC, 2023.

Saturday | 1 June

Fiesta Asia is on Saturday, 1 June 2024:

  • near 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW,
  • from 11:00am to 7:00pm.

We will be at the Martial Arts Stage, now known as the Champion's Arena, where martial arts schools from DC, MD, and VA come and show off their skills. Performances start at 11am, and end around 5p or 6p.

Look for tall, triangular banners flapping in the wind.

This is a spirited event that asks surrounding martial arts schools to come together and show off their skills.

HTCMLI Lucky Lions will be there from 2 to 3pm. Adults and children will perform forms.

The big dragon will be in the center of the festival for picture-taking until the parade around 1pm.

In addition to the martial arts stage there are music stages, cultural displays and sessions, all for free. All manner of food vendors will be there too in case you get hungry. Check out


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Our Team


Our Team

We are a small team of individuals committed to developing lifelong skills for children and adults in Washington, DC.

Abdur-Rahim Muhammad

Founder and President

A native Washingtonian, Abdur-Rahim Muhammad was raised in Boston's Roxbury section which he proudly refers to as his other home. He is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of the District of Columbia. Muhammad began his Martial Arts training in 1970 and continues to teach in the traditional manner so highly emphasized by all his instructors with the motto, "learn kindness, learn justice and then learn Kung Fu." SiFu (which means teacher/father) Muhammad has trained and led teams to compete in tournaments throughout Asia. In 1995, he founded the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute on historic U Street in Northwest Washington, D.C.

Alisa Johnson


Alisa Johnson is a legal editor with a major US news agency. Alisa has been with the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute since its inception.ashington, D.C.

Samer Najia


Samer is a life-long student of the martial arts with experience spanning multiple decades. He has studied Jow Ga since the 1980s. Samer is an engineer and pilot. He brings his talents to aircraft construction, running his own firm, and giving back to the community through a robust model rocketry program in the DC MD VA region.

Ken Rubotzky

Senior Instructor

SiFu Ken started his martial arts training in New England in the 1970s with Karate. At the end of that decade he studied Aikido in Providence, with a Sensei from Cambridge, MA. He is a graduate of Oberlin College where he continued with Aikido, and Indiana University where he had the chance to study Jujitsu for a short time. Ken has worked in the public and private sectors, and now prefers the challenge of consulting and small business. Ken has been with Hung Tao Choy Mei for over twenty years. He is lucky to have traveled overseas with HTCMLI several times. He teaches adults and children and is active with the Lion and Dragon dance teams.

Jabari Exum

Drumming Instructor

Jabari "X-Factor" Exum, born as Jabari Kibwe Jawanzaa Ibyn Yahya Exum (Translation: Brave Honorable Dependable Son of John) is an electrifying performing artist born and raised in Washington, DC. 

He is a skilled percussionist in the West African/Latin Tradition and is a prolific writer and performer of Hip-Hop music (which he considers his 1st of two instruments).

Jabari Exum is our Djembe drum instructor for the 2023-24 children's program. Jabari's powerful experience in performing, producing, creating, and teaching is astonishing and we invite you to become familiar with his work: . 


Empower the Next Generation of Leaders

Kung Fu students log time on professional flight simulators.

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.

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.

Donations help us bring in next door Washington DC career professionals to enrich our core curriculum.

Your funds leverage one of the most valuable assets around our school -- the community. 

Making a donation to Hung Tao Choy Mei allows us to teach more to kids by leveraging expert local talent.

Thanks for your help.

Free Summer Camp


Summer Camp 2024

Free Summer Camp for DC children ages 6-18 starts in late June 2024. Students in the summer program will learn kung fu, lion dance, dragon dance, African dumming, and attend field trips.

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Summer Camp 2024

We are excited to announce our free summer camp for DC residents ages 6-18, starting in late June 2024! This summer camp is a fantastic opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in a variety of enriching activities and learn new skills in a fun and supportive environment.

Camp Details

  • Dates: June 24- August 2, 2024
  • Days: Monday through Friday
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Age Group: 6-18 years old
  • Location: Jowga DC, 1351 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Kung Fu students log time on professional flight simulators.

How to Enroll

To enroll your child in the Summer Camp 2024 program, please fill out and return the following forms:

For questions or to learn more about the after-school program, please contact Sifu Abdur-Rahim Muhammad at

Many thanks to Learn24 and DC's Out-of School Time (OST), and Department of Public Works for making these programs possible.

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Whether you’re seeking an enriching after-school community, a weekend activity for your child, or personal development through martial arts for yourself, we welcome all with open arms.

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