About the Institute

Feeding LionFeeding LionHung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute is a 501(c)(3) leadership development organization focusing on the youth of Washington, DC. The school teaches free Kung Fu, Chinese Lion Dance, Chinese Thunder Drumming to DC schoolchildren during the summer. Other program elements including participation in our annual gala at the Historic Lincoln Theatre which presents a world-renowned artist-activist, field trips to historic DC locations, a trip to Ocean City, and sometimes competitions.

HTCMLI teaches adults of all ages as well. Some of our adult martial artists have many years of experience at HTCM and elsewhere, others passing through DC for a brief assignment sometimes have no prior training.

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 progressive community development. Confidence and skills developed through our programs, equip students to set goals and enable them 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 those of others. Students learn self-reliance, personal responsibility, to strive for excellence, and to become successful adults and leaders in their chosen fields. Training at the HTCMLI is preparation for living a meaningful life.