Darkness Before Dawn: A Fighter’s Road to Recovery // Story On Vice Fightland

Photography by Stefan Kocev

Ryan Lang graduated from Northwestern University as a highly decorated Big 10 champion, and was ranked second in the country. In the six years since, after moving to California, his life as an Olympic hopeful quickly fell into addiction and homelessness. He found Brazilian jiu jitsu somewhere in between, and is now the House Manager of Bodhi Casa, a sober living facility in Hermosa Beach. There, Ryan and a young all-male team of recovering patients are using mixed martial arts as a bearing to cope with mental health, drug addiction, and depression.

Bodhi Casa is very proud of Ryan and all that he has overcome to become the positive leader he is today.

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