I have been training in the martial arts since the late 80's. I have always enjoyed the barefoot training in the gym/dojo/dojang. It has been such a natural connection for me to enjoy barefoot (and minimalist) running along with that. The two seem to fit like chocolate and peanut butter. yum.
This isn't just a feeling - although it is a big part. It is technical also. The understanding of how the body works with proper technique execution, footwork, and balance. The concepts I read and worked with about with running unshod mirror my own thoughts and training to understand the human body.
I definitely recommend any avid martial artist to look into running this way. (And visa versa).
Martial Arts & Barefoot Running
Blog entry posted by toddfletcher, Jun 17, 2014.