|Publication number||US20060282933 A1|
|Application number||US 11/424,816|
|Publication date||Dec 21, 2006|
|Filing date||Jun 16, 2006|
|Priority date||Jun 16, 2005|
|Publication number||11424816, 424816, US 2006/0282933 A1, US 2006/282933 A1, US 20060282933 A1, US 20060282933A1, US 2006282933 A1, US 2006282933A1, US-A1-20060282933, US-A1-2006282933, US2006/0282933A1, US2006/282933A1, US20060282933 A1, US20060282933A1, US2006282933 A1, US2006282933A1|
|Inventors||Moses Chambliss, Douglas Ryder|
|Original Assignee||Chambliss Moses S, Ryder Douglas J|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (1), Classifications (11)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the priority under 35 USC §119 of Provisional Application 60/691,139 entitled “Easy Fasten Uniform” filed on Jun. 16, 2005 and having Moses S. Chambliss as the inventor. Application 60/691,139 is herein incorporated by reference in its entirety but is not admitted as prior art.
Traditional martial arts practice includes the use of a standard uniform, or “Gi”, which includes the jacket, pants, and belt. Although some Tae Kwon Do uniforms use a simple pull-over uniform top, many martial arts uniforms for karate and other disciplines still use the traditional wrap/tie uniform jacket. The user dons this top by putting both arms through the sleeves and pulling it up over their shoulders. The right half is folded over the torso and secured on the inside using traditional fabric string ties. Similarly, the left half is folded over the right half and tied on the outside. The pants may include a drawstring used to tighten the waist of the pants in order to secure them at the user's waist. The belt is typically colored to signify rank or skill level and is tied around the waist over the jacket in a special manner and knotted in the front. The belt also aids to secure the uniform jacket by binding it around the torso.
FIGS. 1A-C illustrate a typical prior art martial arts jacket 100.
FIGS. 3A-D illustrate a typical prior art martial arts belt 200.
Children and those participants with hand disabilities (e.g., arthritis) may have a difficult time utilizing the tie strings to secure the jacket and possibly to secure the pants. Additionally, they may not be able to secure the belt in a proper fashion. A non-properly secured uniform can become a distraction during training to the user, other users and/or the instructor. For example, the student may spend time trying to fix the equipment rather than participating in class, may be restricted in the movements they can make or may get hurt if they, for example, trip on loose equipment. Accordingly, it is not uncommon for an instructor, for example of children's martial arts classes, to spend time at the beginning of the class fixing the equipment of some of the students. In addition equipment that appears to be secured correctly may become loose or shift during class with the active physical movements associated with martial arts.
According, what is needed is a martial arts uniform that is easier to put on and adjust. A simple martial arts uniform could be used by all users but would provide advantages to those with limited fine hand motor skills that can adequately secure all parts of typical martial arts uniforms.
The features and advantages of the various embodiments of the proposed invention will become apparent from the following detailed description in which:
FIGS. 1A-C illustrate a typical prior art martial arts jacket;
FIGS. 3A-D illustrate a typical prior art martial arts belt;
FIGS. 4A-B illustrate example easy fastening martial arts uniform jackets, according to one embodiment;
FIGS. 5-B illustrate example easy tightening martial arts uniform pants, according to one embodiment; and
The fastener system for securing the inside fold may include a hook (or loop) piece 410 on or near the right outside lapel and a loop (or hook) piece 420 on or near the inside side seam (at a position where it will be in contact with the right outside lapel when the uniform is on). When the individual is putting on the jacket 400 they would open the left side of the jacket 400 and bring the right side of the jacket 400 to the left torso. They would then connect the piece 410 with the piece 420. The pieces of VELCROŽ 410, 420 may be relatively small pieces that simply provide enough surface area to secure to one another and hold the jacket 400 together. Alternatively, one of more of the pieces of VELCROŽ 410, 420 may be more substantial in size so as to provide more surface area for connecting the pieces of VELCROŽ 410, 420 and thus providing flexibility in how the jacket 400 is secured on an individual (e.g., amount of overlap, amount of tightening).
The piece of VELCROŽ 410 may extend from the lapel. Extending the VELCROŽ 410 from the lapel may enable the jacket 400 to expand even further. The VELCROŽ 410 may extend from the lapel so that the VELCROŽ 410 need not be secured to the outside of the lapel (exterior of jacket 400). The VELCROŽ 410 could be connected to inside lapel and extend therefrom or may be connected at the corner of the lapel so as not to extend on either the inner or outer surface of the lapel.
The fastener system for securing the outside fold may include a hook (or loop) piece 430 on or near the inside left lapel and a loop (or hook) piece 440 on or near the right outside side seam (at a position where it will be in contact with the left inside lapel when the uniform is on). After an individual secured the right side of the jacket 400 to the left torso they would fold the left side of the jacket 400 over the right side of the jacket 400. They would then connect the piece 430 with the piece 440. The pieces of VELCROŽ 430, 440 may be relatively small pieces that simply provide enough surface area to secure to one another and hold the jacket 400 together. Alternatively, one of more of the pieces of VELCROŽ 430, 440 may be more substantial in size so as to provide more surface area for connecting the pieces of VELCROŽ 430, 440 and flexibility in how the jacket 400 is secured on an individual (e.g., amount of overlap, amount of tightening). The piece of VELCROŽ 430 may extend from the left lapel to enable the jacket 400 to expand even further.
According to one embodiment, the fastener systems (e.g., VELCROŽ pieces) may be permanently connected (e.g., sewn, glued, stapled) to the jacket 400. However, it is also possible that the fastener systems may be removably connected (e.g., pins, snaps, clips, buttons).
According to one embodiment, the VELCROŽ pieces may be similarly colored to the jacket 400 so as not to stand out visually. However, the colors of the VELCROŽ pieces need not be the same as the jacket 400. In fact the colors may be secondary colors used on the uniform or may be contrasting colors to be a decorative uniform accent. The fastener systems for securing the inside fold and the outside fold may in some way be coded differently (e.g., color, text, numbers) so as to clearly identify which piece connects to which piece. For example, the VELCROŽ pieces 410, 420 may be coded with a number 1 indicating that they are the first pieces that are to be connected. The pieces may further be coded to identify how the pieces connect (e.g. which piece overlays which piece).
As illustrated, the jacket 400 includes the fastener systems located roughly in the middle of the jacket 400. The jacket 400 is not limited thereby. Rather the fastener systems could be located at varying points on the jacket 400 and could possibly be located at more then one location (e.g., top and bottom).
The embodiments of the uniform jacket 400 have been discussed above utilizing VELCROŽ for the fastener systems. However, the various embodiments are not limited thereby. Rather, alternative embodiments may use buttons, snaps, clips, or buckles to secure the uniform tops correctly in an easy manner that does not require tying.
According to one embodiment, the fastener systems may provide for means of adjustment to accommodate individual fit and comfort, user growth, body weight changes, or multiple sized users. This feature can be accomplished with various methods. In a hook-and-loop system one portion can be longer or over sized to allow flexibility and multiple fastening locations for the mating piece. In systems employing buttons, clips, snaps, or strap-and-buckle there can be one portion that has multiple mating points to accommodate the other portion. A separate extension with complementary mating features can also be used as an expansion device.
When the individual is putting on the jacket 450 they would open the left flap of the jacket 450 and bring the right flap of the jacket 400 to the left torso. They would then fold the left flap over the right flap and secure the pieces of VELCROŽ 460, 470 that extended along the respective outer and inner surfaces of the jacket 450. As the pieces of VELCROŽ 460, 470 are substantial in size it provides a very secure connection and also provides flexibility in how the jacket 450 is secured on an individual (e.g., amount of overlap, amount of tightening).
The jacket 450 may include more than one piece of VELCROŽ 460, 470 to provide additional support for holding the jacket 450 together (2 pieces illustrated). According to one embodiment, having multiple pieces of VELCROŽ 460, 470 may enable material to be placed therebetween (e.g., padding for sparring) and then be secured in place when the VELCROŽ 460, 470 is connected.
To tighten the pants 500 an individual would pull the drawstrings 520 and then place the end of the drawstring 520 having the VELCROŽ facing in (e.g., 530) over the end having the VELCROŽ facing out (e.g., 550). The pieces of VELCROŽ 540, 560 may be relatively small pieces that simply provide enough surface area to secure to one another and hold the pants 500 at the appropriate width. Alternatively, one of more of the pieces of VELCROŽ 540, 560 may be more substantial in size so as to provide more surface area for connecting the pieces of VELCROŽ 540, 560 and thus providing more flexibility in the width that the pants 500 can be adjusted to.
The VELCROŽ 540, 560 may be permanently attached to the drawstring 520 or may be removably connected thereto. The VELCROŽ 540, 560 may be the same color as the pants 500 or may be different colors. The VELCROŽ 540, 560 may be coded in some fashion to help determine which piece gets folded over which piece. The fastener system is not limited to VELCROŽ. Rather, it may be any alternate easy connecting system that does not requires tying such as buttons, snaps, clips, or strap-and-buckle as described with regard to the jacket 400.
The drawstring 520 is not limited to exiting the pants 500 in the front (on the sides of the pelvis), having both ends of the drawstring 520 being movable, or having a single position (e.g., front) with which to tighten the pants 500. Rather, the drawstring 520 could exit the pants 500 from the side. The drawstring 520 may have one side secured and may provide for the tightening of the pants 500 by pulling the other side. For example, the end 550 of the drawstring 520 may be secured to the pants 500 and the end 530 may be pulled to tighten the pants 500. The end 530 may include VELCROŽ 540 connected to an interior surface that is secured to VELCROŽ 560 that is connected to either an exterior of the end 550 (if the end is secured external to the waste band 510) or the exterior of the pants 500 (if the end 550 is secured internal to the waste band 510).
An individual puts the belt 600 on so that the knot 610 is in the front and then connects the belt together using the VELCROŽ 650, 670 (placing the end 660 over the end 640). For a dual loop belt 600 the VELCROŽ would be hidden, for the most part, under the top lop 630 of the belt 600. The tightness and size of the belt 600 may be controlled by the amount of overlap of the two sides 640, 660 of the belt 600. According to one embodiment, a dual loop belt 600 may be the tightest when the outer loop 630 completely covers the inner loop 620 and the severed sides of the inner and outer loops 620, 630 connect. The belt 600 may be loosened by reducing the overlap of the outer and inner loops 620, 630 and thus providing a view of the inner loop.
The VELCROŽ 650, 670 may be permanently attached to the belt 600 or may be removably connected thereto. The VELCROŽ 650, 670 may be the same color as the belt 600 or may be different colors. The VELCROŽ 650, 670 may be coded in some fashion to help determine which piece gets folded over which piece. The fastener system is not limited to VELCROŽ. Rather, it may be any alternative fastening system, such as, buttons, snaps, clips, or strap-and-buckle.
Although the various embodiments have been illustrated by reference to specific embodiments, it will be apparent that various changes and modifications may be made. Reference to “one embodiment” or “an embodiment” means that a particular feature, structure or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment. Thus, the appearances of the phrase “in one embodiment” or “in an embodiment” appearing in various places throughout the specification are not necessarily all referring to the same embodiment.
The various embodiments are intended to be protected broadly within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||2/69, 2/311|
|International Classification||A41D13/00, A41F9/00|
|Cooperative Classification||A41D13/0015, A41D2300/32, A41D2400/44, A41F9/025, A41D2600/10|
|European Classification||A41F9/02B, A41D13/00R|