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Publication numberUS3903546 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateSep 9, 1975
Filing dateMay 10, 1974
Priority dateMay 10, 1974
Publication numberUS 3903546 A, US 3903546A, US-A-3903546, US3903546 A, US3903546A
InventorsRhee Jhoon Goo
Original AssigneeRhee Jhoon Goo
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Protective glove for the hand
US 3903546 A
Abstract
A unitary flexible protective glove molded of a resilient material and adapted to be easily worn on the hand for use in the art of karate and the like. The glove, when worn, covers mainly the back and sides of the hand, the thumb and wrist and is provided with a thickened forward portion. The glove is secured to the hand by an encircling portion around the wrist, a loop portion across the palm of the hand, a forward finger securing portion and thumb portion each comprising strap securing means for the thumb and one or several fingers.
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United States Patent [191 Rhee [4 1 Sept. 9, 1975 1 1 PROTECTIVE GLOVE FOR THE HAND [76] lnventor: ,Ihoon G00 Rhee, 2525 N.

Ridgeview Rd., Arlington, Va. 22207 [22] Filed: May 10, 1974 [21] App]. No.2 468,681

[521 US. Cl H 2/16; 2/18 [51] Int. Cl. i. A411) 13/10; A6313 71/14 [58] Field of Search 2/2, 16, l8, 19, 20, 161 R, 2/161 A [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,627,382 5/1927 Golomb 2/16 X 1,706,503 3/1929 Travers 4 2/18 2,574,086 11/1951 Broderick .1 2/18 2,923,946 2/1960 Nielsen 4. 2/161 R $258,782 7/1966 Turnidge et a1 2/161 R FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS 2/1953 France 2/16 103,361 1/1917 United Kingdom 2/16 Primary ExammerWerner H. Schroeder Attorney, Agent, or F1'rmMillen, Raptes & White 1 1 ABSTRACT A unitary flexible protective glove molded of a resil ient material and adapted to be easily worn on the hand for use in the art of karate and the like. The glove, when worn, covers mainly the back and sides of the hand, the thumb and wrist and is provided with a thickened forward portion. The glove is secured to the hand by an encircling portion around the wrist, a loop portion across the palm of the hand, a forward finger securing portion and thumb portion each comprising strap securing means for the thumb and one or several fingers.

5 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures PATENTED SEP 9 I975 SHEET 1 OF 3 If h HHMIIIIMFIII u S 9 mm PATENTEDSER SISTS 3.903.546

SHEET 2 BF 3 PATENTED SEP 91975 SHEET 3 IF 3 FIG 1 PROTECTIVE GLOVE FOR THE HAND BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION This invention relates to a protective glove adapted to be worn on the hand in the art of karate, kung fu, etc. The art of karate, in particular, is a method developed in Japan for defending oneself without the use of weapons by striking sensitive areas of an attackers body with the hands, elbows, knees, or feet. During training in the art and in organized competition, the use of the hands can become badly bruised from extensive use of the fingers, palm, back and sides of the hands, as well as the wrist. The present invention provides a novel glove adapted to protect and prevent injury to the various parts of the hand and wrist as well as preventing injury to the sensitive areas of the body of other persons engaging in the art during training or competition.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is an object of this invention to provide a novel protective glove for use in karate sports and the like, which is designed to protect various parts of the hand and wrist of the wearer and which can be easily slipped on or off the wearers hand.

Another object of this invention is to provide a novel protective glove of simplified construction, relatively inexpensive and which will obviate injuries to the hand of the wearer and to the body of other persons while engaging in the art of karate, etc.

Another object of this invention is to provide a novel protective glove which permits the hand of the wearer to be used with the fingers extended or the hand can be used as a fist to deliver various types of blows in the art of karate, etc.

Generally the protective glove comprises a resilient material having a tough, outer coating preferably a plastic coating, which is adapted to generally cover particularly the back and side of the hand, back of the thumb, and most of the wrist of the wearer. The glove is designed to allow flexibility as well as protectionin the use of the fingers and thumb to permit the optimum use of the hand as a weapons in arts and sports, such as karate, to effectively deliver various types of chops and blows as well as fending off opposing chops and blows. The glove is detachably secured to the hand by securing means, such as strap means, adapted to be easily engaged by the fingers and thumb of the wearer of the glove.

Other features and advantages of the invention will become apparent from the following description of a specific embodiment of the protective glove taken in connection with the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a side elevational view of the novel protective glove of the invention showing it as worn on the hand of a wearer;

FIG. 2 is the opposite side elevational view of the protective glove shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view of the protective glove shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a front end view of the protective glove shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of the protective glove shown in FIG. 1, showing the glove on the hand of a wearerwith the hand formed into a fist; and

FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken along line 6-6 of FIG. 3.

The protective glove of this invention is indicated generally by the numeral 10 in FIG. I and comprises a unitary molded member formed from a suitable resilient material 12, such as a plastic, polystyrene or polyurethane foam, or a rubber foam. A suitable tough surface coating or casing 14, preferably smooth, covers the resilient material, which can be a tough, pliable material, preferably a suitable plastic material. The coating 14 can be formed during heating and molding of the resilient foam material to produce a fused coating thereon. Alternatively, the surface coating 14 can be formed on the resilient material by dipping or applying a coating of a suitable plastic material or the like. Plastic coatings are preferred since there are available on the market, many rugged tough pliable plastic materials such as polyvinylchloride, etc. However, it is also contemplated within the concept of the invention that suitable rugged fabric materials, and the like, can be used to cover the resilient material. The coating or covering used should provide a continuous, flexible, tough casing which prevents tearing of the foam material during use of the glove.

Glove 10 comprises a wrist portion 16 encircling the wrist, a thumb portion 18, a thickened portion 20, side hand portions 22 and 23, a finger securing portion 24, anad a loop portion 26 adapted to secure the glove across the palm of the hand of the wearer.

The loop wrist portion 16 entirely encircles the wrist of the wearer and extends at the upper part 16a to a section 28 which covers the back part of the hand and to the thickened portion 20. The thumb side portion 16b of wrist portion 16 extends across the side of the hand to portion 23 and thumb portion 18. The side 16c of the wrist portion 16 extends across the opposite side of the hand to section 22.

Loop portion 26 is disposed beneath the underside 20a of portion 20 and connects to sides 22 and 23, providing an opening and securing means through which the fingers of the wearer are inserted. When the hand is fully inserted in the glove, the loop portion passes across the palm of the hand.

Thumb portion 18 is flexible and comprises an extended generally thumbshaped member adapted to be secured to the thumb of the wearer by any suitable means, such as a strap 34, secured around the thumb portion 18. Strap 34, as shown, can comprise any suitable tightening means such as tongue and groove 36. Thumb portion 18 also comprises indentations 30 and 32 around which strap 34 passes and is retained thereon when the strap is tightened around the thumb, preferably to a pre-tightened position permitting the thumb to be easily inserted or withdrawn whenever the glove is worn or taken off.

The finger securing portion 24 extends downwardly from the mid-portion at the end of thickened section 20, and is adapted to receive and be retained by one or preferably two of the middle fingers of the wearer. Portion 24 comprises indentations 40 and 42 around which a suitable securing means such as strap 44 passes, and is retained thereon when the strap 44 is tightened around the finger or fingers similar to strap 34.

The thickened portion 20 is adapted to provide addi tional protection to the backs of the fingers in delivering various types of blows in the karate art. Portion 20 is adapted to fold inwardly at the juncture 46 wherein the thickened portion extends from section 28. The underside 20a of portion 20 is an extension of the underside 28a of section 28, and both are adapted to generally conform to the back of the hand. .luncture 46 is generally designed to conform across the knuckles of the hand. Thus, when the hand is formed into a fist as shown in FIG. 5, the thickened portion 20 will fold with the fingers providing the additional protection therefor in delivering a blow.

Side portion 22 is adapted to provide additional protection to the side of the hand opposite the thumb side. It is designed in such a manner that when a fist is formed, the sections 22a and 22b will generally fit together to provide the protection to the side of the hand. However, when the glove is worn and the hand is in an extended position as shown in FIG. 1, the side portions 22 also covers and provides protection to the side of the hand when delivering various karate chops or in fending off an opponents blows, etc.

Side hand portion 23 on the thumb side is similarly adapted to provide protection to the side of the hand not covered by the thumb portion 18. lt is designed similarly as portion 22 in that when a fist is formed, the sections 230 and 23b will generally fit together to provide protection to the side of the hand. However, as is the case with portion 22, when the hand is in the extended position it also covers and protects the thumb side of the hand and permitting the delivery of various karate chops.

In use, glove 10, is easily worn on the hand by merely inserting the hand and fingers through wrist portion 16, passing the fingers under loop 26, securing one or two of the middle fingers to 44 of portion 24, and inserting the thumb under strap 34 of portion 18. As worn on the hand, the glove permits the fingers to be extended and held together to permit the delivery of various types of karate chops with either side of the hand while at the same time providing protection thereto. The unique construction of the glove also permits the hand to be closed or clenched as a fist permitting the wearer to strike a blow with the fist, while particularly protecting the fingers and thumb. The glove is uniquely adapted to be flexible in its various uses and permits desirable quick adaption to various hand forms such as a fist or extended finger positions as required in the fast moving art of karate.

From the foregoing description, one skilled in the art can easily ascertain the essential characteristices of this invention, and without departing from the spirit and scope thereof, can make various changes and modifications of the invention to adapt it to various usages and conditions.

What is claimed is:

l. A flexible, unitarily molded, protective glove for wearing and use in the art of karate and the like, and adapted to cover the back and sides of the hand including the fingers and thumb and also the entire wrist, comprising a rear portion having a wrist portion, a side portion, and a thumb portion including securing means, and a front portion having a thickened portion, a looped portion, and a finger portion including securing means; said wrist portion comprising encircling means adapted to surround the wrist; said side portion extending from the side of said rear portion and opposite said thumb portion; said thumb portion extending from the side of said rear portion and adapted to cover the back of the thumb; said looped portion extending from the sides of said thickened portion adapted to secure the glove across the palm of the hand and adapted to cover the sides of the hand; said finger portion extending forwardly of said thickened portion and adapted to secure the glove to fingers of the hand; said entire glove comprising resilient foam means covered with a tough surface casing; whereby said front portion and rear portions of the glove when worn on the hand are normally disposed in a finger extended position and whereby said front and rear portions are also capable of being folded together to form a fist.

2. The protective glove of claim 1 wherein said thumb and finger portions comprise indentations adapted to retain strap securing means.

3. The protective glove of claim 1 wherein said finger portion extends downwardly from the end of said thickened portion.

4. The protective glove of claim I wherein said loop portion and said thumb portion are adapted to fit together when said glove is worn on a hand and folded to form a fist.

S. The protective glove of claim 1 wherein said resilient means are plastic foam means.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/16, 2/18
International ClassificationA63B71/14, A63B71/08
Cooperative ClassificationA63B71/145
European ClassificationA63B71/14G4