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Michael J. Heming was a British Karate champion. He was born Michael John Heming in Filtonmarker, Gloucestershiremarker, England, the son of Nancy Heming and Stephen Heming, a supermarket owner from Bradford on Avon. He attended Bristol Primary School and graduated from Bristol Central High School in 1979.

In 1967 Michael's mother, Nancy Heming was shot in the arm when she tried to fight off two men who were attempting to rob her husband's supermarket. Michael threw a can of creamed corn at the assalaints as they exited the store but it missed. The two men were never found. Nancy fully recovered, but Michael was left with deep feelings helplessness and guilt. In the spring of 1968 he asked his father to enroll him in martial arts, and on 24 January 1969 he was enrolled at Filton Shotokan Karate School as a birthday present.

In 1976 he earned his black belt and later went on to win the 1979 European Karate Association's middleweight championship, defeating former champion Luke S. Glasscock. In 1980 he lost the title to Belgian born actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Heming retired from professional Karate in 1983 after being diagnosed with hypertrophy of the ventricular myocardium. His heart continued to worsen and in September 1984 it was determined that his condition was pathological. He died suddenly on 17 October, 1984 at his home in Filton, Bristol. He is interred at Memorial Woodlands Cemetery in Bristol, England.


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