Jimmy Lockett danced, sung, and acted on the stages on Broadway and the Las Vegas Strip, as well as composed and arranged music. However, he has also always been a martial arts student (7th-degree black belt), giving back by providing free martial arts instruction to underprivileged families in the North Las Vegas area.
Setting up the Ju no Kage Ryu Kenpo Karate Association as a nonprofit, Lockett taught free martial arts classes in his converted carport for over 25 years. He retired and decided to purchase a larger property with the plan to build a free-standing dojo, a place for martial arts practice.
Then COVID-19 hit. Although most of the building had been constructed, additional financing was needed to complete it and pass inspection.
One of Lockett’s long-time voice students and performer, Charles Ressler, started the #dreamMaker movement to help people accomplish life-long goals. Selected to receive a donation of time, expertise, and supplies from a designer, contractor, and Lowe’s, Lockett appeared on NBC’s The Today Show as a dream weaver for the movement. He also wrote a book, Seishin Shuyo: Mental Training in Traditional Martial Arts, with all proceeds benefiting his nonprofit.
“My main focus is to make martial arts accessible to people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to training,” he says. “Martial arts offer so many wonderful emotional and psychological tools along with self-defense, health, and wellness benefits.”