John Cullen

John Cullen

Coach Caledonian Taekwondo


International Event Management (Msc) Glasgow Caledonian University 2013
Sport Management (PG Cert) University of Stirling 2011
BA Business Studies (upper second class) Glasgow Caledonian University 1995-1999

Started Taekwondo

Began Competing

AnchorCompetition Career  1997 – 2000
British Students Champs 97 Gold
USA East Coast Champs 97 Gold
Shins Open 97 Gold
City of Glasgow 98 Gold
Shins Open 98 Gold
Central Cup 99 Gold
Tokyo Invitational 99 Bronze
Cumbria Open 00 Gold
Central Cup 00 Silver
Scottish Open Gold
Pungsaeng High 00 – 02 Trained and lived

Competition Career  2001 – 2003
Scot Open 02 Gold
Korean Open 02
Torneo International 02 Bronze GB Team
British Champs 03 Gold (first senior Scottish male winner)
Dutch Open 03 GB Team
German Open 03 GB Team
Mexican Open 03 GB Team
Scottish Open 03 Gold (-78Kg)
Scottish Open 03 Gold (-84Kg)
World Universiade 03 GB Team Captain
World Olympic Qualifiers 03 GB Team

Competition Career  2004 – 2007
Paris Open 04 Bronze
Belgian Open 04 GB Team
Dutch Open 04 GB Team
European Championships 04 GB Team
World University Games 04 GB Team
Tornoe International 04 GB Team Gold
Czech Open 05 Gold
British Champs 05 Gold
Austrian open Bronze
European Cadet Champs Head of GB Team
Polish open 05 Bronze GB Team
Torneo International GB Team Gold
Paris Open 05 Bronze
Swedish Open 06 Silver GB Captain
Chinese Olympic Camp 06 GB Captain
US Open Head of GB Team
Dutch Open 06 GB Team Captain
China & Korea Camp 06 GB Team Captain
European Championships 06 GB Team Captain

International Summer School of Sport

Media – Employment History

BBC Television Lead commentator and presenter 2013

Rio Olympic qualification event “Taekwondo Grand Prix” Live on BBC red button, radio Five Live and BBC world service.

BBC Television Commentator Olympic Games 2008 & 2012

TV Commentator, providing live expert analysis on Olympic Taekwondo for BBC 1,2 and online. Also providing the live feed for a variety of TV Networks worldwide.

Hit the Roof TV (Geneva)

2009 (Denmark) 2010 (Singapore), 2011(Korea) & 2013 (Mexico)

Lead presenter and commentator for the live world feed of the last four Taekwondo World Championships. Recorded daily news and highlights package for ESPN, SKY and Eurosport. Voice over highlights package, translated Spanish and Korean interviews.


Combat Games St Petersburg Russia 2013 – Taekwondo commentator

 Sky Sports Television

June 2012 European Taekwondo Championships

Lead Live TV commentator and presenter of five days of Olympic Taekwondo action

Sky Sports Television

2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011: British International Open.

Presented a one-hour Taekwondo highlights programme for Sky Sports comprising of live lead commentary, interviews, introductory and closing sequences and in depth analysis.

BBC Television London October 2010

Working in partnership with the BBC and NHK Japan, choreographed and presented the first ever sports content filmed and transmitted in Super Hi Vision and Full 3D.

Horizon TV Online & TV Commentator 2010 – 2012

Hosting, live commentating and interviewing at the World Cup Sport Climbing Tour (IFSC). Providing content for online viewers and TV highlight programmes for Eurosport. Interviews conducted in English, Korean, French and Spanish.

Lead commentator and host at the Sport Climbing IFSC World Cup Series

Slovenia. May 2011     Barcelona June 2011    Sheffield July 2011

Chamonix, July 2011               Briancon, July 2011   Munich, August 2011

Arco, Italy August 2011           World Senior Championships

Imst, Austria Sept. 2011          World Youth Championships
Modern Pentathlon TV and Online Commentator

Host, commentate and interview live on the five different disciplines of Modern Pentathlon: fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting and running.

World Cup Chengdu, China, May 2011, CCTV & Eurovision News Highlights.

World Cup Final London July 2011 Olympic Test Event

Host and commentate for online viewers plus live each day to ESPN USA and Eurosport.

Olympic Wrestling ESPN (USA)

FILA Wrestling World Championships Istanbul 2011 & Budapest 2013

Lead commentary for the world feed via ESPN USA at the World Championships in Istanbul 2011 and 2013 in Budapest. Plus recorded a post event TV highlights programme in Geneva.

Olympic Taekwondo Test Event, December 2011, BBC online

Additional Work Experience:

* Atlantic Coast Brewing Ltd. Boston MA, USA Distribution Management trainee 97-98. First ever GCU Business studies student to be placed in the USA.

* Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo, Japan. Management Trainee (June – September 99)

Recipient of European Union Scholarship as part of the Europe and Asia Business partnership programme. (2000 applicants for 50 places.)

* National Geographic Magazine, Seoul, South Korea. English rater 2000-2002

Providing editing assistance to management and production staff.

* Sport Taekwondo UK ltd. June 02 – June 03 GB Olympic TKD Team Administrator

Organising and administering the training, travel and competition calendar of Taekwondo team GB.

Established a successful community fitness centre on the site of a derelict library (current membership of 250) Caledonian Taekwondo Health & Fitness centre

* London Olympic organising committee LOCOG: Translator (Korean)

Celtic Football Club Translator (Korean). August & September 2010.

AnchorFurther Info
Former GB Team Captain & Head of Team
Scottish National Coach 2007 to 2012

International Sporting Career
Former GB Team Captain, Olympic Taekwondo, 2002-2006
International exchange programme Founder:
Caledonian University 2010 Alumnus of the year.
Languages: Korean (Proficient) Spanish & French (conversational)

Translation Work.
London Olympic organising committee LOCOG
Translator (Korean) at the London Olympic Test event for Taekwondo.
Celtic Football Club Translator (Korean).

Institutional Links
Pungsaeng High School 2000 to present
Glasgow Caledonian University – International Alumni Ambassador to South Korea