There are many hand methods (Shou Fa) that can be used to manipulate an opponents limbs to break their balance by quickly shifting their bodyweight from side to side, allowing for the Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner to enter and land heavy strikes and kicks to finish the confrontation. Usually the Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner will choose to be more defensive and then try to counter attack, here the practitioner will use defensively either single, double or changing hand methods to deflect the opponents blows away from their intended target and at the same time try and rock the opponents balance, by the skilful, manipulation of their defensive hand techniques to shift the opponents bodyweight, by quickly changing the direction of the opponents strikes or kicks that knocks them of their centre of balance, leaving them wide open to fast and effective counter strikes and kicks.
It is very rare that the Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner will use the shifting strike hand methods to break the opponents balance while being on the attack. But the ability to shift the opponents centre of gravity is a very good skill to have and use, as a sudden change of direction of the opponents defensive limb can easily not only physically break their balance, it can also be used to mentally break their concentration, and that sudden gap in the opponents defence, due to them losing their balance or concentration is all the Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner needs to enter and land their blows.
By breaking the opponents balance by quickly shifting their bodyweight quickly from one side to another using skilled manipulative hand methods. Not only will these shifting strike methods open up the opponents defence to the practitioners striking & kicking combinations (Shoujiaofa). They can also be used to enter into the opponents defence and apply various wrestling and throwing techniques that can be used to subdue or immobilise an opponent, or they can apply fast, heavy throwing techniques that can finish the fight quickly.
At anytime the Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner can apply a shifting strike defensively or offensive. That can break an opponents centre of gravity causing them to lose balance, which allows the Feng Shou-Kung Fu practitioner to land their strikes on the opponents vital areas of their body.