How you would use it in battle:
I'd use it as it is pure energy that can be infused into blades to cause marvelous cutting abilities using vibrations. Another main ability of it other than shocking is paralyzing, thus very effective. Aiming for the upper body.
How you would counter it:
How can I counter against any other elements? Wells let me think:
Fire vs Lightning: Due to both being energies without physical form, the winner of this match up is purely depend on the users and how well they can utilize their element.
Water vs Lightning: Caution is to be taken when this match up occurs. Though water can be used in conjunction with lightning to cause extra damage to the opponent, it can be turned against you as well.
Lightning vs Lightning: Just as fire, the outcome of this match up depends on how well one can utilize the element.
Wind vs Lightning: It is said that wind will always beat lightning. However, a true shinobi knows not to believe this. No element, if used right, has a weakness it cannot overcome. Though it is true that wind is a good electric insulator and has a natural strength against it, it will not always win against lightning. If you are a true fighter you will note that lightning can use its sparks to ignite certain materials such as trees. With this attribute lightning can easily make fire, winds greatest weakness.
Earth vs Lightning: An earth release user must fear a lightning master for the ground cracks and crumbles at the power of lightning.
How you perform it (with as much detail as you can):
By gathering his raiton chakra up in his whole hand and use shape manipulation to create a small lighting bolt that will be send towards you.
Just like .. What you said. o-o
Tao looks around as he searced a right position for doing this.
Then he start off by gathering enough chakra then molding it in Raiton chakra
(by imagining lighting and its bolts).
After that he start channeling it towards his hand.
When it came to his hand, just before going to release lighting he uses chakra manipulation,
causing it to turn it into small bolts of lighting.
He watches it while he slowly opens his hand palm. Wow..
Alright.. Focus, Tao! >.< He runs towards Sensei clone and strikes with his raiton.
Tao rapidly makes eye contact with Sensei for approval.
Did I- I did it good.. Sensei?