REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailPHOTO GALLERYGirls in Afghanistan Practice Shaolin WushuA group of Afghan girls learn the flowing movements of Wushu, a sport developed from ancient Chinese kung fu, in a country where women's sport is severely restricted. Kelly Caminero02.06.17 3:25 PM ETREUTERS/Mohammad IsmailThe girls of the Shaolin Wushu club practice martial arts in a country where women's sports are often restricted. The girls regularly face harrassment and abuse, in addition to the normal dangers of life in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailSima Azimi, 20, a trainer at the Shaolin Wushu club, shows her Wushu skills to other students. In a country where women's sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in a part of Kabul that is home to the capital's Hazara ethnic community, is a rare exception. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailHanifa Doosti (center), 17, and other students of the Shaolin Wushu club demonstrate their skills to other students on a hilltop in Kabul. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailAzimi, the 20-year-old leading the practice session, says Wushu teaches self-defense, but just as importantly, "it's really effective for body and soul." She learned the sport in Iran, where she won a gold and bronze medal in competition, and she has been teaching in Kabul for about a year, encouraged by her father, with whom she trains at the club's gym. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailMena Azimi (right), 15, practices at the Shaolin Wushu club in Kabul. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailStudents of the Shaolin Wushu club chat before an exercise. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailHatifa Rezai (right), 19, a student of the Shaolin Wushu club, is reflected in a mirror as she adjusts her scarf before her exercises. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailSabera Bayanne, 20, a student of the Shaolin Wushu club, practices in Kabul. REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailLatifa Safay (right), 15, Hanifa Doosti (center), 17, and Suraya Rezai, 19, students of the Shaolin Wushu club, take a selfie before practicing on a hilltop in Kabul. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail"I am working with Afghan girls to strengthen their abilities and I love to see Afghan girls improve the way other girls have improved in the world," Azimi, the trainer said. “My ambition is to see my students take part in international matches and win medals for their country."