Rising up upon hearing the crow of a rooster to practise sword playing
The Zu Ti of Jin Dynasty was a man with broad mind and great ambition. But when he was a child, he was a naughty boy who did not like reading.
When he became a young man,he felt acutely that his knowledge was inadequate and that he could not serve his country well if he did not study hard.So he put all his energies into his study.
He read extensively,seriously studied history from which he absorbed rich knowledge,and made good progresss in his studies.
He has been in and out of Luoyang, Kyoto several times. People who have contacted him all say that Zuti is a talented person who can assist the emperor in governing the country.
When ZuTi was 24 years old, someone recommended him to go to court. He didn't promise, but he still worked hard.
Later,both zu ti and liu kun,his close frined since early childhood,were appointed chief clerks responsible for document administration in the sizhou prefecture.
He and liu kun cherished a deep affection for each other.They not only often shared the same bed in sleeping,but also shared the same lofty ideals;to render meritorious service in rejuvenating the jin dynasty and play the part of the pillars of the state.
Once, in the middle of the night, ZuTi heard cocks singing in his sleep.
He kicked liu kun a wake,saying to him:"people say it is inaupicious to hear a cock crow in the wasteland.i don's think so.
What about getting up and practicing sword playing the moment we hear the cock crow form now on?"liu kun agreed readily.
So every day when the cock crow,they got up and practied sword playing,the cold steel of the swords glinting and flashing.
From spring to winter, from winter to summer, never stop.
As the saying goes,constant effort yields sure success.through long periods of hard study and training,they finally becaome versatile persons versed in both civil and military affairs.
They could write good essays,and were capable of leading troops in fighting victoriously.
Zu Tie was named General Zhenxi and realized his wish to serve the country.
Liu kun became a governor,and at same time was in charge of the military affairs of the three prefectures of bingzhou,jizhou and youzhou.
In discharging his duties,liu kun also fully displayed his talent in both polite letters and martial arts.this stroy appears in "the life of zu ti" in the history of the jin dynasty.
From this story people have coined the set phrase" rising up upon hearing the crow of a rooster to practise sword playing' to signify that someone is exerting himself to do something worthwhile.
It is also used to signify that a person of noble aspirations exerts himeself in time.