Face it, many of us have been victims to some of the classic forms of Korean Mom punishment. Whether you were forced to kneel and carry a large bucket of water above your head for hours at a time, told to go and collect your own whip/switch from the backyard, or simply stand with your hands in the air, just know that the worst is not yet over my friend. You can never outgrow Korean Mom punishments. As long as she is able bodied enough to wield a tree branch, a rice paddle, or raise her voice, she will punish you.
The key thing to understand about Korean Mom punishments is that they will not make sense. Ever. It will not teach you that you have done something awful, or that you have made bad life decisions, and it will definitely not build character. It will simply let you know where your pain threshold lies, and whether or not you should seriously consider working out. Not only does a Korean Mom administer a physically challenging punishment to drive home what she considers the lesson of the day, she will also yell at you throughout the entire process. While you are struggling to keep that giant jug of water aloft military press style, she will wail, yell, and inform you that she wants to die (see # 3). Don't worry, all is not in vain. This will eventually teach you how to multitask; to listen, learn, and endure physical pain. Were you able to get your weekly report done, listen in on your conference call, all the while doing lunges across your office floor? It is all thanks to your Korean Mom.
Warning: do not ever, e.v.e.r., talk back, or even utter a single word while your Korean Mom is punishing you. To do so is to give yourself the death sentence. Even if you say "I love you" in your most loving and contrite tone, in the heat of the moment, while you are being punished within an inch of your life, all your Korean Mom will hear is "Hit me harder!", and she will.
For Renee: Keep fighting and laughing my dear. :)