Goodness, Paul, you are correct.
My advice from my own experience is to learn the Axel, the Half-Axel, and practice this trick in as many ways possible.
For Axels, keep your arms down by your hips (not across your chest, this will hurt you later). Learn to Axel the top wing, the bottom wing, Axel landings, Axel take-offs. Learn tip-stands as a take-off.
Just go nuts on Axels in all their forms and have fun with that particular input. It's an input that will set you on track later to much more interesting tricks, and easier because of your experience/fun of Axels.
Very important....go nutz on Axels. No one here can say that this part of muscle-memory should be ignored because the basic principles apply to very many sport kite tricks.
Aim for a controlled Axel Cascade, which is such a great feeling to eventually achieve!
Axels=Go Nuts, for months....got that?