Greetings One & All!
The Vale Alliance is a co-venture between Coach Kris Iatskevich and myself. Now, if you are reading this chances are you already know me, and surely you know Coach Kris, but if you don’t, allow me to introduce him-
You might know him from his ISWA days, he is also a head coach for the Canadian Combat Wrestling Association, and he is also a coach for Canada Wrestling.
Beyond that accreditation allow me to say he is also one of the most skilled and honorable gentlemen I’ve had the privilege to share a mat with.
With that out of the way, Kris and I have decided to put together a co-project, one that reflects our loves not only for the combat sports of boxing and wrestling in all its forms, but one that embodies our “back deck conversations,” about what it means to walk the path of honor, what it means to transcend the trite silly politics and needless dramas that the world sometimes seems to lose itself in.
We wanted to create an organization that fit that bill that focused not only on the physical aspects of our beloved combat sports, but also the mental and spiritual fiber of what it means to be good men and good women.
We want to foster excellent athletes with enviable character.
First, why this name in particular? I think Alliance is pretty easy to get our heads around-Kris and I have allied with one another, and it is our hope to bring you and other like-minded spirits into the fold to create a hard-charging cadre of mat-tempered, character-driven athletes the world over. We do not want the alliance to mean only him and me, but you as well.
As for the word “Vale”- The word Vale was a common closing to letters exchanged among military leaders and statesmen of a Stoic disposition at the height of the Roman Empire. Since it was a closing it has come to be thought of as the equivalent of “Farewell” or “Goodbye.”
In historical context the word meant more than that. Vale (the “a” and “e” are pronounced long) is the imperative form of the word valere which means be strong, or be well.
With context in mind, to close your communication with vale, you weren’t simply adding a rote “Goodbye, take it easy Petronius” you were exhorting your reader/listener to be strong, to be well, and, perhaps most importantly, to be worthy.
This is a word in dire need of resurrection, not for the mere pleasure of pronouncing it, but for the privilege of living up to its imperative.
Hence The Vale Alliance
On to the nuts and bolts of The Vale Alliance.
Rubber hitting the road time, how much is this going to cost?
$10 bucks a month USD payable via PayPal as a recurring subscription. You may cancel at any time and forum access and discounts expire upon cancellation.
Note: All dues-paying RAW Crew Members get into The Vale Alliance absolutely free. That goes for long-time members, new members, and members yet to be. Vale Alliance membership is yet another premium to joining the RAW Crew.
Coach Kris and I are very excited about this venture and hope to see many like-minded athletes join us on the Vale journey.
Are you one of the strong? One of the worthy?