I found the below video a few hours ago and wanted to share it here because I think its a fascinating concept.
I realize that a number of their techniques work off of karate style attacks, but that does not change my point. (Their techniques also look really clean, and I'll always be a sucker for aesthetics.) If you don't feel like watching the video or somehow are missing what I'm aiming at, I'm interested in thinking of a category of bunkai designed not to always incapacitate (though some of the examples in the video indeed do that) but to also embarrass or make an attacker look foolish, which may also, in certain circumstances, negate an assault. I realize their are specific concerns with this mode of thought. Would slapping an assailant on the bottom make him embarrassed into passivity or will it egg him on to attack again with more fury? However, there are also advantages to this. Exploring applications that aren't always harmful (though can be if needed) but still send a very specific message to the assailant in question and his buddies might help the defender avoid the unneeded legal or psychological consequences of defending himself.
It seemed clear to me that these techniques were all alternative applications. I'm sure this school teaches different, simpler applications when first exploring the techniques. These, I imagine, are reserved for senior students, or at least students of a black belt level, who have developed their ability to defend themselves on a physical level, and now are deepening their understanding of the mental aspect of self-defense as well.
I'm curious to see what everyone thinks.