Start-up spot: Double defense

Kobi Lichtenstein brought Krav Maga to Brazil and with it, a sense of Zionism.

March 16, 2015 12:24
Kobi Lichtenstein Krav Maga

Kobi Lichtenstein (right) demonstrates how to disarm an enemy using Krav Maga.. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Krav Maga is world-renowned as a self-defense system developed in Israel, but for Israeli- Brazilian Master Kobi Lichtenstein, it serves as a double defense mechanism: defense of oneself, and defense of Israel’s name abroad.

The Rehovot-born Lichtenstein began training in Krav Maga in 1967 at the age of three, under the expertise of the father of this fighting system, Imi Lichtenfeld, and soon became a Krav Maga prodigy. At the time, few were familiar with Krav Maga – a practice Lichtenfeld introduced to the IDF in the late 1940s, and started going strong among civilians in the ’80s.


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