One of my favorite bloggers, my friend, and an older version of me is Dojo Rat. You know with the intro of "older version of me" he must be a force a nature.
(Dojo Rat is the Washington Wooley guy on the right)
Recently he posted a blog about a yang style tai chi posture called "parting wild horses mane". I enjoyed the blog, and found myself inspired. I have a sweet tooth for tai chi even though I have never formally trained in it. I believe Aiki, Ju and Tai Chi all are pretty much shooting for the same thing. The only separation lies in some of our training methods. I myself try to use any of the training methods I find useful for my goal.
Here is a short film on how to do Parting Wild Horses Mane in form.
After researching the applications for this motion, I found the Tai Chi guys were often applying it like this next fellow. You can see more application videos on Dojo Rat blog.
After watching these tai chi fellows, I wanted to add some thoughts about angle of execution, energy generation and demonstrate some slow applications I came up with. Again I am not a tai chi guy, but maybe you tai chi guys can start stealing our aiki ideas as much as I try to steal yours. As usual, learn from what you like and learn twice as much from what you don't like. I had to keep it slow because I had a newer student that could not yet take some more dramatic falls.