NINE gold, one silver and two bronze medals makes for one happy coach.
You couldn't wipe the smile off of Unison Martial Arts Academy head coach Ferdie Galguierra's face if you tried this week after four of his students returned from the Gold Coast Martial Arts Championships with a swag of silverware.
Rockhampton competitors Steve Gall and Simon Whiting both managed to clinch four gold at the event, which was held at Metricon Stadium on Sunday, while 33-year-old Chris Herring secured one gold and two bronze and Glen Sneddon picked up a silver medal.
Galguierra said the total medal haul was no small achievement.
"It's not a small feat considering the south-east is a hot bed for high level competitors," the coach said.
"For both Simon and Glenn it was their first taste of competition and to both place on the podium first go is fantastic.
"For Steve and Chris this was their third tournament and are both finding there place within the competition."
Galguierra said the results were a great reward for months of hard work and a sign of good things to come.
"All the guys have put in a lot of training over the last couple of months," he said.
"We are proud of all our students and so far in our two years of operation, Unison Martial Arts has medalled at every competition we have entered.
"We plan on having monthly in-house competitions for both adults and children, which is a great way for people to test their skills without having to travel to the major events held interstate."