Kung Fu performers run with big colorful Chinese dragon at Funk Parade

About Us

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.

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. Well-being, health and safety are primary drivers of our nonprofit program; and community welfare is our mission.

Summer Camp 2018


Please consider a donation

Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership teaches free Kung Fu, Djembe drumming, Chinese drumming, Lion and Dragon Dance, meditation to DC residents ages 6 to 18. 

Teaching fitness and focus for over 25 years in the same spot on U Street NW is no small feat. We rely on a small, dedicated, trained, and vetted staff, as well as generous parents.

If you are looking for a way to contribute directly to the Washington DC community, in the heart of DC, then we are grateful for your contribution.

Two students practice lion dance without costume.

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

  •   3p-4p Adult Forms Class. Youth and children are eligible
  •   4p-5p Adult Sparring Class. Youth and children are eligible

ADULTS Monday through Friday 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Kung Fu

ADULTS No classes on Sunday. Thanks.

Student stretches in alley, while older student near dragon monitors situation. [Miki Jourdan: DC]

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.

Kung Fu student looks on from edge of his seat, resting.

Self Defense

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.