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Meet Norwich's acrobatic mathematician

PUBLISHED: 15:56 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:37 02 July 2010

Martial arts gymnasts Jackson Franklyn, left, and Hadyn Wiseman

Martial arts gymnasts Jackson Franklyn, left, and Hadyn Wiseman

Peter Walsh

Like most maths students this 20-year-old has a good head for figures, but unlike most he uses his spare time to calculate athletic martial arts routines which see him twist and turn through the air at impossible angles to rock music.

Like most maths students this 20-year-old has a good head for figures, but unlike most he uses his spare time to calculate athletic martial arts routines which see him twist and turn through the air at impossible angles to rock music.

HadynWiseman is one half of an acrobatic/martial arts double act, Jackson Franklyn being the other, which is hoping to impress judges in this year's first Norfolk's Got Talent competition which is being backed by the Evening News.

Mr Wiseman, from Earlham Road, is currently studying maths at the University of East Anglia, but hopes his head for heights as well as figures will see his hobby take off into something bigger and better.

He said: “I've been doing martial arts all my life and saw lots of videos on the internet and wanted to learn it and got out on the grass and learned it myself.”

Mr Wiseman said people are often taken aback to learn that the person performing flying kicks in mid-air in Norwich on internet sites like YouTube is a maths student.

He said: “Normally they're surprised. It's just something I've been good at in school and so have just carried it on.”

It was about four years ago when Mr Wiseman was studying at Norwich City College that he met Mr Franklyn and the solo act became a double act.

They might have been studying different subjects, Mr Wiseman was doing A-Levels in chemistry, biology, maths, and physics, while his 18-year-old friend was doing performing arts, but the two friends were on the same wave-length when it came to their hobby for spinning, kicking, and flying through the air.

Mr Wiseman said: “We've been training together ever since. We don't really have a gym - we just go out on the grass wherever and train. We want to go as far as we can with it really.”

The pair, who train all over Norwich, including the Castle Gardens, have auditioned for Britain's Got Talent this year and are hoping their routine, which was performed in front of judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and Piers Morgan, will be shown on TV later this year.

And with the experience of one talent show under their black belts, the pair thought they would like to try and prove they have what it takes to impress the judges and the public in the Norfolk's Got Talent contest.

Mr Wiseman said: “We saw this and thought we would give it a go. Hopefully we will do well, but we will see how it goes. We've got a routine planned that we're going to do to music. We normally use rock music because it goes well with it, but we will probably do something more public friendly.”

Mr Franklyn, an activities instructor at the Kingswood Centre in West Runton, near Cromer, said he hopes the judges will be impressed by their “different” act.

He said: “This is very different from singing, dancing and acting. There's not that many people who do what we do.”

The pair are just one of dozens of acts to have so far entered the competition in the hope of winning their way through the heats at The Talk in June and winning the £500 prize in the grand final on Sunday July 4.

To see a video of Hadyn Wiseman and Jackson Franklyn in action log onto www.eveningnews24.co.uk

Have your talents won you national acclaim? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

Norfolk's Got Talent: How to enter

People who think they have what it takes to win the competition can apply via an application form on the website www. Norfolksgottalent.co.uk until April 23.

Then organisers will whittle down the applications to just 32 who will go through to the heats on June 9, 16, 23 and 30 with the best two from each round going through to the final.

To apply for a place or for more information call 01603 469183. For audience tickets for the heats £4 or the final £8 call the box office on 01603 660220.

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