Wushu martial art: Afghan girls learn the sport

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Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group display their skills as they pose for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop overlooking Kabul. (AFP Photo)

Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group display their skills as they pose for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop overlooking Kabul. (AFP Photo)

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Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group led by trainer Sima Azimi (centre) pose for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop. (AFP Photo)

Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group led by trainer Sima Azimi (centre) pose for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop. (AFP Photo)

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Afghanistan's first female Wushu trainer, Sima Azimi, 20, is training 20 Afghan girls aged between 14 - 20 at a Wushu club in Kabul, after learning the sport while living as a refugee in Iran. (AFP Photo)

Afghanistan's first female Wushu trainer, Sima Azimi, 20, is training 20 Afghan girls aged between 14 - 20 at a Wushu club in Kabul, after learning the sport while living as a refugee in Iran. (AFP Photo)

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Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group take part in a training session in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

Afghan members of a Wushu martial arts group take part in a training session in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

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Members of a Wushu martial arts group display their skills as they pose for a photograph. (AFP Photo)

Members of a Wushu martial arts group display their skills as they pose for a photograph. (AFP Photo)

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20-year-old Azimi trains dozens of Afghan girls at a Wushu club in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

20-year-old Azimi trains dozens of Afghan girls at a Wushu club in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

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Azimi learnt Wushu martial arts while living as a refugee in Iran. (AFP Photo)

Azimi learnt Wushu martial arts while living as a refugee in Iran. (AFP Photo)

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A girl poses for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop, overlooking Kabul. (AFP Photo)

A girl poses for a photograph at the Shahrak Haji Nabi hilltop, overlooking Kabul. (AFP Photo)

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Wushu is derived from the traditional Chinese martial art such as Kung Fu (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

Wushu is derived from the traditional Chinese martial art such as Kung Fu (WAKIL KOHSAR / AFP)

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Afghan Wushu martial arts trainer Sima Azimi takes part in a training session in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

Afghan Wushu martial arts trainer Sima Azimi takes part in a training session in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

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Wushu has become an international sport and a World Wushu Championship is held every two years. (AFP Photo)

Wushu has become an international sport and a World Wushu Championship is held every two years. (AFP Photo)

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Sima Azimi sees her reflection in a mirror as she prepares for a training session in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

Sima Azimi sees her reflection in a mirror as she prepares for a training session in Kabul. (AFP Photo)

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Girls of the Wushu martial arts group take a 'selfie'. (AFP Photo)

Girls of the Wushu martial arts group take a 'selfie'. (AFP Photo)

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