Maxi-MAUL Program Developer
Chief Instructor Wendi Bacon
Wendi Bacon is a 3rd Dan Black-belt in both WTF and ITF Tae-Kwon-Do. As a kid, she trained in ITF Tae-Kwon-Do with her father, 4th Dan Duane Bacon. He created a free Tae-Kwon-Do program for under-privileged youths at the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrenceville, Georgia. After training there, Wendi continued the legacy by creating and, for four years, running a free Tae-Kwon-Do program at the Geneva Boys & Girls Club in New York. There she also met and trained under 7th Dan Master Tina Felice in WTF & ITF Tae-Kwon-Do, eventually assisting with classes and grading in the WTF style. She eventually moved to Cambridge, UK to pursue a PhD and, ultimately, to found MAUL. In 2016 she tore her ACL training in Jiu Jitsu, and after knee reconstructive surgery returned to martial arts to earn her 3rd Dan black-belt in 2017 with Master Tina.
MiNi-MAUL Program Developer
Instructor Layla Vandenbergh
Layla Vandenbergh became involved in MAUL as a New Year’s activity in January of 2014. She quickly became addicted – attending every class, assisting in organizing extra training sessions and teaching her fellow MAULers how to run. Between daily training sessions in her kitchen and her initial role as Publicity Ninja for the club, Layla eventually became Instructor Wendi’s go-to for all things MAUL. Combining her newfound love of martial arts with her passion for teaching and helping children, Layla created the MiNi-MAUL branch for children and families – her children and husband amongst the first generation of those students! Outside of MAUL, Layla works for the Cambridge Family Mediation Service. A true Renaissance woman, she is a musician, craftswoman, baking guru, and avid runner. She received her 1st Dan black-belt in 2017 from Master Tina & Instructor Wendi.
7th Dan Master Tina Felice
Geneva, New York
Master Tina Felice received her 7th Dan Black Belt Kukkiwon from Grandmaster 9th Dan Young Kwon from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, making her one of 13 women in the USA to achieve a 7th Dan in Tae-Kwon-Do. She runs a Fitness and Tae-Kwon-Do school in Geneva, New York, as well as offering self-defense courses for women and businesses in the area. She and her school are active in the community, from volunteering for the salvation army to running an ambulance.
Master Tina Felice’s accomplishments are as follows:
• 7th Dan Masters Certificate: World Tae Kwon Do Federation Kukkiwon from Seoul, Korea
• 7th Dan Masters Certificate: The Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan from Seoul, Korea
• Letter of Commendation from The Korean Tae Kwon Do Association
• Letter of Commendation for Meritorious Service from The Korean Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan Association
• State of New York Legislation Resolution from Sen. Michael Nozzolio
4th Dan Instructor Duane Bacon
Duane Bacon is Wendi’s first martial arts instructor, having developed a Tae-Kwon-Do program for underprivileged youths at a Boys & Girls Club in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He has trained in varying degrees in Tang Soo Do, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Grappling, Aikido, Taijutsu, Iaido, and ultimately a variety of mixed martial arts styles, but his core art has always been Tae-Kwon-Do. His brothers and indeed even his mother trained alongside him and nearly his entire family hold blackbelts in Tae-Kwon-Do. After a decade without training due to job responsibilities and moving to various states, Instructor Duane came back to his training after assisting Instructor Wendi with her New York-based club and he eventually went on to receive his 4th Dan under Master Tina Felice.