Retired Navy SEAL, Chris Sajnog, is one of our most popular guests. He is the premier firearms instructor in America, a bestselling author, and the host of the SEAL Training Podcast.
The Dad Edge went to his studio in San Diego for a live, in-person discussion about fatherhood, and we really went deep. Chris was abandoned by his father and carries the wound with him to this day. He vowed not to be like his estranged dad and gave up his accomplished military life to be there for his teenage boys.
Sadly, his sons don’t want to spend time with him. Chris opens up about dealing with the painful lack of connection with his sons, and how he maintains his fatherly presence in their lives.
Chris Sajnog also shares Navy SEAL tactics for parents to help us to learn anything quickly and effectively. He goes over the hard and soft traits we need to cultivate to be balanced men, and how we can apply the warrior mindset to everyday life.
For us to change our lives, we have to change who we identify ourselves as.—Chris Sajnog
Chris Sajnog is a retired Navy SEAL Master Firearms Instructor, Neural-Pathway Training Expert, Speaker and Disabled Veteran Small Business Owner. He is one of the most experienced and respected firearms trainers in the world, being hand-selected to develop the training program for the US Navy SEAL Snipers. As a Navy SEAL he was the senior sniper instructor, a certified Master Training Specialist (MTS), BUD/S and advanced training marksmanship instructor.
After retiring from the SEAL Teams in 2009 to spend time with his family, Chris began training civilians and law enforcement officers. He is the founder of the New Rules of Marksmanship, a revolutionary approach to firearms training and has a passion for finding innovative ways to teach elite-level shooting skills online as rapidly as possible to his students.
He is a federal and state certified firearms instructor and has trained DOD, DHS, FBI, CIA, Law Enforcement, and multiple foreign allies in all aspects of combat weapons handling, marksmanship, and tactics.
He lives in San Diego, CA with his wife Laura and two boys, Caden and Owen.
What You’ll Learn
- Chris’s mother was a flight attendant. His dad left when he was 2 years old.
- Chris admits he was not a good student or son.
- He was voted “most likely to end up in prison.”
- Even though is dad didn’t want him around, Chris idolized him.
- Chris’s dad was a manager at Hardee’s.
- Chris forged documents and had eye surgery under a fake name to make it into the SEALs.
- How Chris used his adversity as motivation
- The importance of changing your identity
- How to get your kid to identify themselves in a different way
- How Chris gets his rebellious sons to do things that they refuse to do
- How Chris’s boys don’t appreciate the fact that their father is a Navy SEAL
- Chris has written his sons love letters and the life lessons he wants to pass onto them.
- His sons don’t engage with him, but he doesn’t give up. He keeps trying to connect.
- Navy SEAL tactics for parents
- The importance of having a strong “why” when learning anything new or challenging
- How to know whether or not you should quit something
- How to assess if your path is serving you
- Stop investing in a life for the wrong reasons that will not make you happy in the long run.
- Why Chris won’t befriend men who aren’t good dads
- How Chris turns civilians into warriors
- The importance of meditation in a gunfight
- It’s not what you train but how you train.
If you want to get better at being a dad, be around good dads.—Chris Sajnog
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