Valente was born in New Haven, Connecticut on July 11, 1958. He trained in karate at the West Haven Academy of Karate as a child and the West Haven Assembly of the Martial Arts Academy as a teenager. After graduating from high school Valente moved to Florida to work as a lifeguard and nightclub bouncer. At 19 he won an amateur bodybuilding competition at the nightclub he worked at, Summer’s Night Club in Fort Lauderdale.
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