Scottish Boxing Legend Lee McAllister Awarded OSS Shogun Honour.

Scottish boxing legend Lee McAllister (49-3-0) has been awarded the title of OSS Shogun by the Order of the Scottish Samurai. The prestigious accolade was awarded for services to Martial Disciplines and the Community. 

The Samurai awards are a recognised awarding body and as a recipient of the Order of the Scottish Samurai McAllister is entitled to use the post nominal letters ‘OSS’. The post nominal letters that recipients may use are in English with Japanese characters.

McAllister, who is one of the UK’s most successful and highly decorated boxers with nineteen championship accolades to his name, is a six time, five division World Champion and his most recent Championship victory see him secure the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Welterweight Crown.

Besides his own boxing career McAllister also mentors, trains, manages and promotes a squad of boxers, both amateur and professional, at his exceptional Assassin Health & Fitness Village in the Bridge of Don. 

He also promotes both amateur and professional boxing events at his own venue, the Rich Energy Arena, which is also located at the Assassin Health & Fitness Village, as well as hires out the venue for all combat sports and other events.

The Assassin Health & Fitness Village is also the location of the Food Bank that McAllister set up during the pandemic. In addition to providing food for those less well off, every Christmas he personally delivers toys and other presents to over 300 families that use the food bank, which is just one of his many charitable acts.

McAllister was presented the award at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen by Ronnie Watt 9th Dan Meijin OBE ORS OSS Founding President

Scottish Samurai Awards History.

The Scottish Samurai Awards are based on the Japanese ‘Order of the Rising Sun’ (ORS), which Japan awarded to Thomas Blake Glover in 1908.  

Glover was the first person to be awarded an ORS that was not Japanese.  He became known as the Scottish Samurai.  

In 2004 Ronnie Watt was also awarded the ORS by the Emperor of Japan making Ronnie the second Scottish Samurai. It was the ORS award that inspired Ronnie to found the Scottish Samurai awards. 

More than 2 decades later the Samurai awards have been a great success and are now a coveted award and Ronnie himself has collected an ORS from the Emperor of Japan and an OBE from the Queen.

Similar to the ORS the Scottish Samurai awards celebrate those who excel and those who serve with distinction. 

The Scottish Samurai

The Scottish Samurai – Each year, previous award winners are invited to nominate individuals who they believe would be worthy recipients of these awards.  The Award Committee then examines the work and achievements of the nominees and the winners in each category are selected.

The current Samurai awards board includes the Consul General of Japan in Edinburgh Mr. Hajime Kitaoka, Lord Charles Bruce, Lady Bruce (Alice Enders), Tommy Dreelan, Compton Ross and previous award winners.

Previous Samurai award winners include Lord Elgin, Compton Ross, Billy Connolly CBE, Frank Gilfeather, Sir Ian Wood, Peter Carry and the Right Honourable Alex Salmond MP (former First Minister of Scotland.)