Young person performs Kung Fu while colorful Lion stands by.z


Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute has been teaching children for over 25-years. Every year we apply for grants and donations so that we can provide free instruction during these challenging times.

We're teach in a big red building with Paul Robeson on the side on U Street NW near the intersection with 14th Street NW. 

The current free program is for DC kids ages 6 to 18 years old: lessons in

Kung Fu,

      Chinese Lion and Dragon Dance,

            Chinese Drumming,

                 African Djembe Drumming,

HTCMLI OST Programs Partially Funded by Learn24

Learn24 is a network of before- and after-school, and summer programs, also called out-of-school time (OST) programs.

Youth who regularly participate in quality OST programs benefit in terms of their academic performance, social and emotional development, and health and wellness. In addition, youth participation in OST programs can result in: improved school attendance; higher graduation rates; lower dropout rates; stronger academic performance; and improved positive behaviors and work habits.

Resting is a part of training.


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.

Let's Go

--Here are our applications for everyone, for all programs.-- 

CHILDREN: If you want to sign up for the upcoming youth and children program in the Fall, then these are the two forms. Autumn Program is free for DC resident youth (6-17).

ADULTS: If you want to sign up for adult classes, these are also the forms. Monthly tuition is $90/month. T-shirt, pants, sash cost $50. 

There's no direct debit. There is no contract. You may come to any scheduled class

Class Times

CHILDREN  Tuesday, Thursday

  • 4pm to 6pm, Kung Fu, Lion & Dragon Dance, Drumming. Please bring mask.

CHILDREN   Saturday

  • Noon to 1pm, Kung Fu. Wear mask.
  • 1pm to 1:45pm Lion & Dragon Dance, mask please.
  • 2pm to 3pm African Drumming, mask up.

ADULTS  Saturday

Summer Camp 2019

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.

Summer Camp 2019


Hung Tao Choy Mei is planning a stellar 2021 year of activities that will shine a bright light on DC's schoolchildren.

HTCMLI teaches a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math plus Arts & Culture (STEMAC) program. Utilizing the powerful local resources of NASA personnel, museum professionals and a city full of world-class STEM practitioners, we are bringing DC's youth to the doorstep of space exploration.