Bought a shoyoroll shirt that says ossss as a souvenir...

This is phrase that to my experience at least the japanese say before sparring. Actually it tends to sound more like a loud Usch...Back in 2008, I heard from a few businessmen in Fukuoka that the samurai used to say this as an expression of respect. This was before I heard it used in jiu jitsu.

I can be interpreted as onegaishimasu, which tranlates roughly to please (let's roll!) or obhi shinobu, which is "I'll do my best" or something in that nature. Having studied Japanese, I was always aware of the first meaning but the latter I just heard of lately. Whichever works for me....ossss

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