Starting Monday, January 5, 2015, HTCMLI is offering a new class for people who are interested in an afternoon stretch-Tai Chi class.
The class is offered mid-day to help relieve stress while becoming more physically fit. This is not a class designed for the Mortal Combat enthusiast but a class for those interested in relaxation, relieving stress, weight control, toning, body nurturing and healing, and artistic expression.
Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:00 noon to 1:00pm.
The classes will begin with easy warm up and stretching for 10 to 15 minutes followed by 40 minutes of Tai Chi and 5 to 10 minutes of meditation.
Cost is $10 per class or $25 for three classes or one month of classes for $60.
There is a 25% discount to all students enrolled in adult Kung Fu classes.
Hung Tao Choy Mei students participated in a performance art piece developed by Whoop Dee Doo. The piece doubled as a birthday gift for a local professor and was presented at the Hamiltonian Gallery, our next door neighbor. A film of the event is showing at the Hamiltonian (1353 U Street NW) until 14 February 2015.
American University Professor Wowsugi requested that if her students were to celebrate her birthday she would like them to give her performance art. So the students put their heads together and found a traveling art duo that works with community groups to produce performance art in local venues.
In the end, "Whoop Dee Doo" acting as artists, producers and directors, built a set that includes an illuminated giant cake. Entitled "Baphy Hirpday" it starts with white noise and a darkened space. As the production moves forward, young Kung Fu students add in meditation, Kung Fu forms, a surprise drum, and lion dance making the white noise give way to choreographed moves and drumming.
Hung 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.