I'm going to recommend painting your-self up in black face and wearing a sombrero, then the dangerous minorities from the city will think your one of them.
On a serious note:
I would recommend anything that looks and Spars like Boxing or Muay thai, check out the schools and see if they spar.
Don't listen to the martial sportists here. Any one of the below is great for fighting reality.
1. Wing Chun
2. Wing Tsun
3. Wing Tsung
4. Ving Tsun
5. Ving Chun
6. Ving Tsung
7. Yong Chun
No need to train. Just join a tard of ninjas.
Find a better class of retirement community old man.
What type of training will have biggest impact on your demonstrable ability to defend yourself on pavement against an attacker or attackers of unknown skill, who are likely to be wearing clothing?
Well, first there will be punching on their part, so you'll need basic boxing/MT defense. There will be a closing of distance and a clinch, so you will need Greco Roman / Freestyle, Judo, or good stand-up BJJ. The fight may also go to the ground, so you will need basic ground defense, ie, how to escape the mount, how to stand, how to keep it standing, etc. This is basic defense.
For basic offense you will need boxing or MT, but probably boxing, and tons of hard sparring to go with it. You will need Greco or Judo for clinch and grips, better both than one or the other, as Judo owns guys with clothing, and the neckties, bodylocks and hooks from Greco work great on guys with T-shirts or no shirts . Freestyle is also very useful here. Use these for the takedown. On the ground for offense, BJJ or submission grappling, and learn a lot of collar chokes.
So, BJJ, Boxing, MT, Judo, and wrestling. Do these arts sound familiar? They should, because they are the primary functional arts that have been proven to be effective for centuries, and in the case of boxing and wrestling, millenia. If they are trained %100 alive, with constant sparring, by a quality instructor, and with a slight self defense focus (don't pull guard, escape as soon as possible), these are your best bet if you truly want to be able to fight.
This looks like a decent school at first glance. No Judo though.
They have regular in-house grappling comps, and that is a very good sign.
Another option: Buy a gun, and be prepared to kill. And if you hear the terms "trapping", "Sifu", or "Grandmaster", run in the opposite direction.
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Also in the DC area:
Head instructor's an accomplished Thai boxer AND a Pedro Sauer black belt, AND a brown belt in Judo.
Renzo has a brown belt in DC:
Appears to be striking free though.
I like the looks of GracieVa and Beta, because you'll definitely want either Judo or competitive no-gi grappling for the standing clinch aspect. Not sure if Beta actually teaches judo, though.
I would recommend krav maga IF you can find a decent instructor.
Krav should be a mix of stuff from all different styles, so you want to find someone accredited in various different martial arts.
No one system is gonna be a perfect all rounder, but decently taught krav is the closest i have come across.
Greco/Sambo/Judo etc etc
According to early NHB tournaments, wrestling > striking. If you are proficient in wrestling you should defeat most opponents on the street. Wrestling will get you fit, you would also need to do some weight lifting to be proficient at wrestling so you will also be big, strong and scary looking, this would deter most trouble makers.
Whether you wanna learn how to strike after that is upto you.