Washington DC | 202.232.2387

About Us

Streetlamp brightens the red facade of the Kung Fu school.

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.

Since its establishment in 1995, and incorporation as a nonprofit in 2003, HTCMLI has put community back into martial arts. 

HTCMLI teaches children, and adults of all ages.  During this Covid era, we are masked up, and instructors are vaxxed up. Well-being, health and safety are primary drivers of our nonprofit program, and community welfare is our mission. 2021 to 2022, we are teaching the curriculum free until August 2022, thanks to generous funding obtained through DC city funds. 

We invite adult students to learn how to be fit, strong, and to defend themselves. We understand that adults may have prior experience from other martial arts systems, or no experience at all. It is also very common for adults to frequently travel, or pass through DC on assignment. We work with these challenges to teach adults Kung Fu, Drumming, Lion Dance and Tai Chi. The adult curriculum includes strength-training, stretching, meditation, forms, self-defense technique, sparring, testing, and cultural history.

HTCMLl teaches Kung Fu, Chinese Lion Dance, Chinese Thunder Drumming, African Djembe Drumming to DC schoolchildren for free. The free after-school instruction during the summer is programmed around Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) which compliments the institute's art and culture program. We call it STEMAC.

In addition to individual training, children learn to participate in gala events on traditional stages and open floors as a team. During the summer, they attend field trips to historic DC area locations and museums, and are visited by guest speakers from the Washington DC community.

By participating in the Leadership Institute's programs and attending the Institute's classes, students of any age develop life-enhancing skills along with positive values, a sense of purpose and direction, and a commitment to community development.

Confidence and skills developed through our program equip students to set personal goals. Ultimately,  students develop the power to reach those goals while overcoming life's inevitable challenges.

The Institute's training program develops physical strength, a strong will, a quickened mind, and an ethical and moral base from which to evaluate one's own actions and the actions of others.

Students learn self-reliance, personal responsibility, pursuit of excellence, and to become successful leaders in their chosen fields. Training at the HTCMLI is preparation for living a meaningful life.


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