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1964 (age 53–54)
|Residence||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Teacher(s)||Imi Lichtenfeld, Eli Avikzar|
|Rank||8th dan in Krav Maga|
|Website||South American Federation of Krav Maga|
Yaakov "Kobi" Lichtenstein (born 1964) is an Israeli-Brazilian master of krav maga who introduced this martial art to South America. He is the Chief Instructor of the South American Federation of Krav Maga.
Lichtenstein was born in 1964 in Rehovot, Israel. He began training in the martial art of krav maga in 1967 under its founder, Imi Lichtenfeld (1910–1998). Lichtenstein began teaching the art at the age of 15. He served for three years in the Israeli Defense Forces, by the end he held a black belt diploma from the Krav Maga Association. He fought in the First Lebanon War (1982).
Lichtenstein arrived in Brazil on 18 January 1990, appointed by Lichtenfeld to introduce his martial art to South America. He has written at least three books on krav maga, including Krav Maga: A filosofia da defesa Israelense (Krav Maga: The Philosophy of the Israeli Defense) and Krav Maga: Sua defesa pessoal contra a violência urbana (Krav Maga: Your self-defense against urban violence). In January 1996, Lichtenfeld promoted Lichtenstein to the rank of 6th dan in krav maga.
In March 2009, Lichtenstein received the Tiradentes Medal. On 15 May 2009, he received the Pedro Ernesto Medal in recognition of his service to krav maga in Brazil. Lichtenstein lives and teaches krav maga in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In the middle of 2011, Lichtenstein was granted an 8th dan red belt by Haim Zut and Uri Refaeli from the Krav Maga Federation.
- South American Federation of Krav Maga: Master Kobi Retrieved on 2 February 2010.
- Krav Maga: Brazil Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- Krav Maga 2010: Imi Lichtenfeld centenary celebration and 20 years of Krav Maga in Brazil Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- Worldwide Krav Maga Directory: Brazil Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- The Guide: Interview with Master Kobi Lichtenstein (2005). Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- Google Books: Krav Maga – A filosofia da defesa Israelense Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- Google Books: Krav Maga – Sua defesa pessoal contra a violencia urbana Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- Krav Maga News International: Pedro Ernesto Medal (27 April 2009). Retrieved on 6 February 2010.
- Krav America: Kobi Lichtenstein Retrieved on 6 February 2010.