Arce started studying martial arts in 1975 in the Philippines. He studied Japanese karate, boxing, and eskrima. When he came to the United States, he wanted to learn karate, but the only place he found was teaching Korean karate called Tae Kwon Do. He studied it until he found Judo and Aikido which lead to his newfound discipline.
He met his friend and now Shoshinkan’s dojo Cho, Sensei Dave at the Vineland Judo Club where they learned Judo and aikido together. Dave reached out and asked to join him and begin teaching Judo at the current Shoshinkan Martial school in Las Vegas. He has been with Shoshinkan now for almost 8 years. He currently holds a 3rd-degree belt in Judo, 1kyu in Aikido, and Chodan in Tae kwon do. He is currently learning karate with Sensei Arena.
He has tournament experience in Judo and Karate and supported the Shoshinkan Martial Arts Judo team as a coach at the Winter’s Nationals of judo in Azuza California and the Shoshinkan's first annual Kosen tournament in Las Vegas.
He believes in the beginner’s mind (Shoshinkan translation in English) and that martial art is a never-ending pursuit of learning and giving.
As a student of Judo, Aikido, and karate he is still learning the inner art of peace. He learned from great sensei caring about the art and understanding what it is to be a real martial artist and a student of budo.
His previous teachers (Sensei) and martial arts lineage:
*Sensei Dave Kawajiri
*SenseiRaimundo Marquez Sr.
*Sensei Joe Walters
*Sensei Eddie Williams
*and last but not least Sensei Peter Tamagni