Although James is a cocky and fairly tough guy, in this situation he quickly becomes subordinate to and respectful of Tom. Tom believes this is a result of James having always been subject to regular physical discipline. He has learned respect for his elders, and that is evident in this video.
Tom puts James over his knee and starts in. After the hand, the first implement is a black all-silicone paddle. It's an odd implement that is heavy and flexible to the point of being floppy. It hits with a heavy thud that the boys tell Tom hurts a lot. You can see just how much it hurts by watching James' face as Tom goes at him with a series of heavy strokes. Tom then tells James to pick the next implement himself. James picks the birch and comes to regret it. He thought it looked less painful, but he quickly learns he was wrong