Here's another matchup involving Taijiquan, this time against a northern art Bajiquan. The Taiji exponent looks to have the upper hand once he closes in while the Baiji exponent runs out of options at close range. But Bajiquan itself is not lacking in this respect:
The major features of Bajiquan include elbow strikes, arm/fist punches, hip checks, and strikes with the shoulder. All techniques are executed with a short power, developed through training; in Chinese martial arts, Baji is famous for its fast movements. Baji focuses on in-fighting, entering from a longer range with Baji's distinctive charging step.
The essence of Bajiquan lies in jin, or power-issuing methods, particularly fajin (explosive power). The style contains six types of jin, eight different ways to hit and several principles of power usage. Unlike most western forms of martial arts which require swinging motion to create momentum, most of Bajiquan's moves utilize a one-hit push-strike method from very close range. The bulk of the damage is dealt through the momentary acceleration that travels up from the waist to the limb and further magnified by the charging step known as zhen jiao. [Wikipedia]