I'm presently climbing here (half out of desperation, since the nearest alternative is 45 minutes away). It is the weirdest gym I have ever been to, anywhere. Instead of climbing, people do "yoga" and other floor exercises whilst watching Korean TV dramas (the really emotional ones...)
Anyway, I observed similar interaction tonight between the instructor and the young guy. Eventually, the young guy was in tears, right in the presence of the yoga people, just sitting and listening silently to his instructor talking on and on.
This is a male climber who climbs at least 5.12 sport, maybe 5.13. He's maybe not the strongest climber, but his technique is excellent, and for his age, with different training and a different trainer, he could be super strong.
Has anyone observed anything else like this (in Korea or anywhere)? Again, I can't tell what is being said, but whatever the situation is, it appears totally pathological and just bizarre in a climbing context. Isn't climbing supposed to be really fun?