1971 Yılında İstanbul'da doğdu.
Tugay Akay began his sports career as a body builder and in weight sports. He began studying Krav Magen with İbrahim Tokgöz,
in Turkey, and has also studied in Israel with Grand Master Avi Abeceedon. In 2017, Tugay was certified as an Assistant Instructor at the Academic College at Wingate.
He received Instructor certification in 2018 at the same place.