As a child, Akuma and his older brother, Gouken, were the only two students under master Goutetsu. They learned the art of fighting, which was very dangerous.
After a while, Gouken decided that there was no need for him to study anymore and decided to found a new branch of martial arts based on what he had already learned. Akuma chose to continue his studies.
After hard training, he realizes that he has become powerful enough to try to defeat his teacher. He succeeds in this. After a while, he decides to become a kind of servant for Kazumi Mishima. From her, Akuma received the task to attack Heihachi Mishima and Kazuya Mishima. After waiting for the right moment, Akuma attacks. He managed to defeat Heihachi, but it is later revealed that Heihachi was only faking his death. The fight against Kazuya Mishima was more intense, but even then, Akuma was finally defeated.